Thursday, December 15, 2011

Murder in Argelès-D-L Nelson

Murder in Argelès

D-L Nelson

Five Star, Dec 16 2011, $25.95

ISBN 9781432825515

Thirtyish American expatriate technical writer Annie Young completes a business trip in Zurich. Afterward she returns to her apartment in Argelès-sur-mer, France. Following her coming home, Annie goes to see her friend Père Yves to discuss the research he is doing in Rennes-le-Chateau, but instead she finds his dead body on his church floor.

Annie calls the police though that means dealing with her former boyfriend, Chief Roger Perrin. He accompanies Annie back to the church, but there is no body to be found. His staff believes she placed a false alarm to see Roger, but the police chief knows Annie would never do that as he wants her back not the other way around; and besides there is blood on a broken statue. Thus he assigns his staff to find the missing corpse.

The latest “Third Culture Kid” whodunit (see Murder in Caleb’s Landing) is an engaging mystery starring a wonderful TCK heroine. The D-Lightful story line deftly merges the investigation with historical tidbits. Roger is a terrific cop who wants a second chance with Annie while his daughter encourages him. Readers will enjoy this exciting thriller starring an American in Argelès.

Harriet Klausner

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