A murder mystery needs a dead body without an obvious killer, beyond that, it’s all in the presentation. M. L. Longworth recaptures the things I loved in my favorite (now dead) British authors: Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. The settings are contemporary to the author’s time; there is a murder, but no grisly description of its occurrence; the characters, especially the sleuths, are well developed and believable. Longworth’s Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet are so appealing I want to join them for a glass of wine and/or dinner!
In their fourth adventure, the pair is on a holiday on an island in the Mediterranean where a decades-abandoned luxury hotel has just reopened. Owners Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have invested everything in restoring the Locanda Sordou and it is vital that the first season be a success. When one of the small group of guests is murdered, Verlaque’s and Bonnet’s holiday ends. To add to the adventure, a major storm cuts off all outside contact. Murder on the Ile Sordou has everything I enjoy in this genre: a beautiful setting, good food and wine, clever conversation, and a murderer to catch. Très agréable.