Happy New Year! My publisher just sent me some copies of Love & Death in Burgundy, the first book in the series that award-winning author Catriona McPherson said reminded her of the Three Pines world of Louise Penny. I’m giving away three brand new, shiny copies of the book to the first three people who reply via the Contact page on the site. (US only, sorry – the cost of shipping is prohibitive for this struggling author.) One, two, three…go!
“A comedy of errors full of amusing characters, a fine feeling for life in small-town France, and a suitably twisty mystery.” – Kirkus
“Reading Susan Shea is like sipping your favorite wine out on the veranda of a luxury villa. This is the second in a wonderful traditional mystery series with characters you will grow love, mystery that will keep you guess, and such a strong sense of place, that you just might find yourself booking an immediate vacation to Burgundy by the time you complete the last chapter.” – BOLOBooks blog
“Not since my first visit to Louise Penny’s Three Pines, have I encountered a more beguiling fictional world than Susan Shea’s Reigny-Sur-Canne. With an engaging cast, the rare realistic depiction of a good, modern marriage, a sideways look at a budding mystery-writer, and a real head-scratcher of a murder plot, DRESSED FOR DEATH IN BURGUNDY is a box of delights!”– Catriona McPherson, Anthony and Agatha Award winning author
“This leisurely paced cozy is rich in local color and art, and it includes well-drawn characters framed by Katherine’s life as an expat in a provincial French village.” – Booklist
And, Love & Death in Burgundy is still winning applause.
From critically acclaimed author Susan C. Shea comes Love & Death in Burgundy, an atmospheric mystery novel filled with good Chablis, French cheese, and, of course, murder.
” a pleasant getaway from hard core killers” – Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that’s no easy task.
When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hotbed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town’s secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine’s quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers’ secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer.
“Shea launches a cozy series that richly details life in a small French village. The outlandish antics of the eccentric locals add to the humor. Suggest to fans of Rhys Bowen’s early “Evan Evans” series for the humor, the characters, and the charming setting.” –Library Journal
Read an excerpt, and order the book:
“Charming, nuanced, and stylishly clever, Love & Death in Burgundy is a contemporary mystery with a Golden Age touch. It made me want to pack my suitcase and move to Burgundy, and I can’t wait to see Katherine and her village again.”
—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Broken Glass
“I adore village mysteries and this one has the added bonus of being set in France, which Susan obviously knows well. A delicious concoction for francophiles as well as cozy lovers.”
—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of Queen of Hearts
“Premier Cru and French chateau visits out of your budget this summer? Take an armchair visit in Susan C. Shea’s novel, Love & Death in Burgundy. Jaunt through flea markets, a murder, along with artistic expats in a lush country village and discover secrets.”
—Cara Black, New York Times bestselling author of the Aimee Leduc Mystery Thriller Series
“A brilliantly written mystery nestled in the French countryside. Old suspicions, swirling rumors, murder at a vintage chateau, and an American expat struggling to find her place make for adventure and intrigue that’s not to be missed.”
—Duffy Brown, National Bestselling Author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries
“Love & Death in Burgundy will transport readers to the French countryside as the charmingly flawed artist heroine dabbles with a palette of murder, secrets and eccentric characters sure to delight. Shea’s affection for her characters illuminates each passage and readers who spend an evening with them, perhaps with a glass of French wine, will be glad they did.”
—Lauren DiSilverio, author of The Readaholics and The Poirot Puzzle