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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.Poisoned in Provence Series: A Nina Brown Paranormal Cozy Mystery #1
by Cat Green
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Paranormal
Provence: A magical start to bright new life…
…garnished with buttery croissants, café au lait, and a delectable French chef.
But when murder is on the menu, will she be the next victim?
Still reeling from a romantic betrayal, 22-year-old Nina travels to Provence, France to oversee her magazine’s chef competition.
Kitchen heat sends her swooning into the arms of a scrumptious French contestant Jacques, a tasty Crème Brûlée of a chef she’d love to nibble.
As Jacques gives Nina a tour of his family’s historic caves and magical gardens, secrets waft through the lilac-scented breeze.
Secrets that come to light when the head judge shrieks “poison” during the competition’s climax.
Can Jacques be the culprit?
Will Nina prove her creamy cuisiner’s innocence and discover the real culprit before it’s too late?
Published by SG Publications on April 14, 2022
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Poisoned in Provence by Cat Green had an interesting premise, but it wasn’t for me.
Nina Brown goes to France to help judge a cooking contest for the food magazine she works for. The problem is that one of her fellow judges keeps getting poisoned during every contestant’s time to cook.
And honestly, that’s about it. This book is less than 200 pages, and nothing happens until the final three chapters. There’s little investigation throughout until then. At that point, the protagonist finds one clue while speaking to one person and instantly solves the case. I kept reading because I thought something must happen soon, but it never did.
I will say that the author’s writing was well-done and easy to read. However, I wish I could have followed the mystery more to attempt to solve it with the main character. Speaking of the characters, they were well-done, too. While they weren’t developed well by the end of the book, they were written well and were fun to follow around.
Overall, this was an okay read for me. However, I’m unsure if I’ll pick up the other books in the series.
Rating: 3/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.