Nothing like kicking off a blog blitz for a book about a ‘Murder in the Med’! Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
When a billionaire finds himself on the wrong side of a Russian tycoon, he’s fortunate to have friends, Sam and Elena, on hand to help him out. Now it’s up to Sam, who’s saved his friends neck before, to negotiate with an underworld hit men and Mafioso, in order to prevent his friend from winding up dead.
As usual, Sam and Elena still find time to enjoy the good life, but as Sam’s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth, he realizes his friend might not be the only one in trouble…
What does TWG think?
It isn’t often that I read a book where my opinion changes multiple times throughout, but ‘Murder in the Med’ was one of those reads! I was very intrigued by the characters and the lifestyles they lead. Who wouldn’t be?! The author has clearly paid close attention to the detail when writing about the setting, as it really jumped out at me and made me long for a holiday.
There were times where I was rather hooked by the events within the book, especially when the time came for the characters to play detective themselves, yet there were also times where I couldn’t help but feel a little deflated as I wanted more. That isn’t a bad thing by the way! It’s pretty clear that I don’t read many cozy mysteries as I am used to reading stories which are a little more fast paced than this one, but I certainly cannot fault Peter Mayle for the way he has brought his story to life.
In all honesty, ‘Murder in the Med’ was a nice change from my usual reads, one which was rather entertaining.
About the author.
Peter Mayle was educated at Brighton College, England, and Harrison College, Barbados, where he developed a lifelong fondness for the sun. He left school at sixteen and returned to England, where he failed to distinguish himself as a waiter or a laundry van driver before joining Shell as a trainee. When he was 21, he moved to New York to work for David Ogilvy’s advertising agency, and subsequently spent the next fifteen years in the advertising business, before leaving honest employment to become a writer.
His first book, “WHERE DID I COME FROM?” (explaining the facts of life to children) was published in 1973 and is still in print today, more than three million copies later.
He moved to Provence in 1987 with the intention of writing a novel, but the distractions of his new life interfered and the result was A YEAR IN PROVENCE. Published in 1989, the book stayed on both the London Sunday Times and The New York Times bestseller lists for three years. The book has now sold more than seven million copies in 32 languages. The sequel, TOUJOURS PROVENCE, followed in 1991.
His subsequent books — EXPENSIVE HABITS, HOTEL PASTIS, A DOG’S LIFE, ANYTHING CONSIDERED, CHASING CEZANNE, ENCORE PROVENCE have appeared on bestseller lists in Britain, America, Germany, France and Japan. A GOOD YEAR was made into a film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. His latest work, MY TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN PROVENCE, REFLECTIONS ON THEN AND NOW, has just been published.