Librarian review: Death in Brittany

From Eileen Effrat

Author: Jean-Luc Bannalec

Title: Death in Brittany

This is the first in a planned series featuring Commissaire Dupin,a Parisian police officer now assigned to the picturesque sea-side resort of Port-Aven on the Brittany coast. This idyllic setting is soon shattered as the ninety-one year old legendary owner of the Central Hotel is found brutally murdered. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of suspects—family, friends and employees. Food, local history, geography, wine, and culture play an important role in the unfolding of the story. It is very evident that the author intimately knows and loves this region. This is not a straight forward whodunit. Instead there are several twists and red herrings to keep you guessing. As for me, I enjoyed the curmudgeon Commissaire Dupin as much as I enjoy Inspector Gamache from Louise Penny’s police procedural series.

 

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