Title: Death and Croissants (A Follet Valley Mystery #1)
Author: Ian Moore
Published on: 1 July 2021
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers | Humor
Death and Croissants is the first book in Ian Moore‘s A Follet Valley Mystery series.
Richard Ainsworth is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the fictional Val de Follet in the Loire Valley. He leads a boring life by choice. When one of the guests goes missing leaving a bloody handprint on the wallpaper, Richard’s life changes for good. Valerie, one of the guests insists on finding the mysteriously missing guest. The search takes him through a gang of Italian mafia, a ‘fowl’ murder, double crossing and much more…
What a fantastic start to a brand new mystery series! I absolutely enjoyed reading every bit of this story. Be it the setting or the characters or quirky humor, this book is a HIT!
Richard Ainsworth loves to lead a boring life. Nothing interesting has ever happened to him so far and he’s glad about it. Grandchamps, a guest living at Richard’s B&B goes missing leaving behind a bloody handprint on the wallpaper and a pair of bloody glasses in the dustbin. Valerie, another guest at the B&B insists on finding the truth about Grandchamps’ disappearance. She owns a dog named Passepartout; dogs are not allowed in the B&B but Valerie does not care about rules. She ‘bosses’ around, and gets what she wants – right now, she wants to find Grandchamps.
As the story proceeds, Richard and Valerie learn of the Italian mafia hand in Grandchamps’ disappearance/murder. The wallpaper with the bloody handprint goes missing, and so do the Italian honeymooners named Rizzolis. Richard has other things on his mind. Richard and his wife Claire are estranged. He wonders if this is the end of their marriage. Meanwhile, Lana Turner and Joan Crawford fought over a dead mouse last week and Richard realized that sometimes, it is good to let sleeping dogs… um, I mean dead mice stay dead. Let me clarify, Lana Turner and Joan Crawford are the two hens in the coop at the B&B. We also have Ava Gardner, the melodious hen who meets a tragic death.
Then comes the angle of Italian mafia and nudists. No, the mafia has nothing to do with nudity, it’s the other British couple (who own a B&B) who are into nudity and kinky stuff. The local police is not interested in finding the missing man until Valerie interferes.
Death and Croissants by Ian Moore is an excellent whodunnit with a dash of quirky humor. Excellent storytelling and wonderfully portrayed characters. The denouement is simply superb. We also have some crossers and double crossers and exciting revelations that add twist after twist after twist after… oops, got a little lost there… Lots of twists to keep the readers hooked on to the story till the end. If you love quirky mysteries, you might want to give this book a try.
I received an ARC from Farrago Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.