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The French Riviera is the ultimate travel destination...unless murder is on the itinerary. When an old high school friend is murdered on the Côte d'Azur while auditioning for the hit TV travel show "Americans See Europe," Maggie is forced to break away from village life and new motherhood to find the killer. Her sleuthing takes her from the sun-drenched beaches of Saint-Tro The French Riviera is the ultimate travel destination...unless murder is on the itinerary. When an old high school friend is murdered on the Côte d'Azur while auditioning for the hit TV travel show "Americans See Europe," Maggie is forced to break away from village life and new motherhood to find the killer. Her sleuthing takes her from the sun-drenched beaches of Saint-Tropez to the cafes and backstreets of Arles, across lavender fields and stunning medieval ruins and straight into the evil hands of her most diabolical adversary yet. Can Maggie find her friend's killer before an innocent man pays for the crime? And can she do it without paying the ultimate price herself?


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The French Riviera is the ultimate travel destination...unless murder is on the itinerary. When an old high school friend is murdered on the Côte d'Azur while auditioning for the hit TV travel show "Americans See Europe," Maggie is forced to break away from village life and new motherhood to find the killer. Her sleuthing takes her from the sun-drenched beaches of Saint-Tro The French Riviera is the ultimate travel destination...unless murder is on the itinerary. When an old high school friend is murdered on the Côte d'Azur while auditioning for the hit TV travel show "Americans See Europe," Maggie is forced to break away from village life and new motherhood to find the killer. Her sleuthing takes her from the sun-drenched beaches of Saint-Tropez to the cafes and backstreets of Arles, across lavender fields and stunning medieval ruins and straight into the evil hands of her most diabolical adversary yet. Can Maggie find her friend's killer before an innocent man pays for the crime? And can she do it without paying the ultimate price herself?

30 review for Murder in Nice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lela

    This is typical of this series - which means I thoroughly enjoyed it! This time I was surprised by the way the mystery unraveled. As always, I am more than half in love with Laurent and quite jealous of Maggie...not only for her life but for the way she blurts and breezes her way through it. I was, also, happy to have her BFF, Grace, and daughter, Zouzou ( echoes of "It's A Wonderful Life) be back in her life. It makes sense to read this series in order or some of the elements of the plots won't This is typical of this series - which means I thoroughly enjoyed it! This time I was surprised by the way the mystery unraveled. As always, I am more than half in love with Laurent and quite jealous of Maggie...not only for her life but for the way she blurts and breezes her way through it. I was, also, happy to have her BFF, Grace, and daughter, Zouzou ( echoes of "It's A Wonderful Life) be back in her life. It makes sense to read this series in order or some of the elements of the plots won't make sense. So, in conclusion, Ms Kiernan-Lewis has a knack for great characters, fresh descriptions of recognizable places and lots of twists and turns in the story. Always easy and fun to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I can see why some people would enjoy this book, but I didn't. There were simply too many of my cozy mystery pet peeves. Here's what I did like - - Kiernan-Lewis does a fabulous job at creating a sense of place; I could imagine myself at Maggie's lovely country vineyard or in the streets of Nice. - Also, there were lovely descriptions of foods and wine. - There were plenty of potential suspects and believable motives. - The writing style was essentially good. Here's what I didn't like - - Maggie I can see why some people would enjoy this book, but I didn't. There were simply too many of my cozy mystery pet peeves. Here's what I did like - - Kiernan-Lewis does a fabulous job at creating a sense of place; I could imagine myself at Maggie's lovely country vineyard or in the streets of Nice. - Also, there were lovely descriptions of foods and wine. - There were plenty of potential suspects and believable motives. - The writing style was essentially good. Here's what I didn't like - - Maggie and her husband, Laurent. The relationship seemed unequal and unhealthy. - There was too much in your face grief. I want mysteries to combine the fun of solving a puzzle with pure escape. When I want powerful emotional experiences, I turn to novels. Lanie's grieving mother broke my heart, so she was well-written, but not what I like in a mystery. - The suspects were almost universally loathsome creatures with no redeeming qualities. I find it uncomfortable to read a book where everyone is always snarling, sneering, gloating or behaving in some reprehensible way. I find it far more interesting when the suspect pool is filled with essentially nice people or seemingly average people who couldn't possibly have committed a heinous crime. A villain or two is fine, but really, when I can't stand anybody, it makes for a long read. - No real humor or light moments. I know lots of people love complex emotional mysteries, lots of villains, and complicated protagonists. If you do, you will probably like this book. It's just not my ideal mystery book experience.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Pickett

    Had enough I have enjoyed reading these books but now I'm fed up with the same old format. I can't believe now that Maggie has children that she would take such ridiculous risks. She's had multiple broken arms and is always getting herself into unbelievable fixes. Still no proof reader and the errors are now unforgivable. The use of the French is not how it's spoken in France either. I had assumed this would improve with Maggie's improvement in her use of the language. I liked Maggie, Laurent and Had enough I have enjoyed reading these books but now I'm fed up with the same old format. I can't believe now that Maggie has children that she would take such ridiculous risks. She's had multiple broken arms and is always getting herself into unbelievable fixes. Still no proof reader and the errors are now unforgivable. The use of the French is not how it's spoken in France either. I had assumed this would improve with Maggie's improvement in her use of the language. I liked Maggie, Laurent and Grace but I've had enough now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ericka N.Blackwell

    Not reading this series EVER glad this book was free! So this is the 6th book in the series - I'd never read this author before so this was an odd place to start but this was the free book so . . . I didn't miss the backstory on any of the characters as I didn't care about any of them. There were allusions to prior crimes, broken homes, family drama but again didn't feel like it was pertinent to this tale - should have been but the author saved those details for the tidy wrap-up at the end. The m Not reading this series EVER glad this book was free! So this is the 6th book in the series - I'd never read this author before so this was an odd place to start but this was the free book so . . . I didn't miss the backstory on any of the characters as I didn't care about any of them. There were allusions to prior crimes, broken homes, family drama but again didn't feel like it was pertinent to this tale - should have been but the author saved those details for the tidy wrap-up at the end. The murder, the reasons the protagonist became involved, remained involved and delved deeper were so nonsensical it became clear that her entry into motherhood wasn't enough of a challenge that she had to jump into a murder investigation. Did I mention she's an American living in France with a struggling home business on the verge of ruin and this month's-old baby? So by all means leave your home, your business and your baby to solve the murder of a practical stranger. I could not suspend my belief in regular human behavior to care if the killer got her. And the overuse of the misdirection ploy and those odd guilt trip moments attempting to look like a new mother doubting herself - I guess the author needed more pages to satisfy her publisher's requirements. I'm not intrigued enough to go back and understand how these characters arrived here and am less interested in knowing where they are headed. Don't bother with this series -- go read an Agatha Christie or Rex Stout mystery instead for genuine intrigue and entertainment!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Brown

    I'm reading this series in order and like what I'm reading, although I will say 6 books in and they are rather formulaic, but that in no way detracts from my enjoyment of the books. Each book set in a different part of the French region, Provence, where Maggie, ex advertising writer, now married to a French winemaker (ex conman) lives. In this book we get introduced to Maggie's Brother, Ben and his wife Haley. They're on a trip, being recorded for TV. through the Provence region. An old school fri I'm reading this series in order and like what I'm reading, although I will say 6 books in and they are rather formulaic, but that in no way detracts from my enjoyment of the books. Each book set in a different part of the French region, Provence, where Maggie, ex advertising writer, now married to a French winemaker (ex conman) lives. In this book we get introduced to Maggie's Brother, Ben and his wife Haley. They're on a trip, being recorded for TV. through the Provence region. An old school friend, Lanie, is one of the presenters on the trip and she's murdered, cue Maggie to get involved to try and solve the murder for Lanie's Mother. Is it one of the crew or a member of the 'audience' who is guilty, or someone else? Whilst Maggie is away from the vineyard, Laurent has his own problems to deal with, which may impact their future. I've already bought book 7 to read! I had to read til the end, which entailed a very late night/ not so early morning!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Byrnes

    Good read I am enjoying this series so far but I do have issues with some of it. Things happen in the books that don't seem to carry over to the next books. Also it bothers me that the characters don't seem to learn from their mistakes. Maggie especially sometimes seems pretty stupid in her decision making. I do love the setting and the food references. Good read I am enjoying this series so far but I do have issues with some of it. Things happen in the books that don't seem to carry over to the next books. Also it bothers me that the characters don't seem to learn from their mistakes. Maggie especially sometimes seems pretty stupid in her decision making. I do love the setting and the food references.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peg Allison frushour

    I love the characters in this series and the storylines. The only thing I don't like about the books is the use of so many French words and phrases. I have a hard time reading over words I can't pronounce. I love the characters in this series and the storylines. The only thing I don't like about the books is the use of so many French words and phrases. I have a hard time reading over words I can't pronounce.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    No one else lives a life so exciting at the French. Food, wine and sex, not necessarily in that order. The food and wine have to be very good; sex is with whomever and wherever the opportunity pops up. Throw in a few murders and it's an exciting book. Forever thrilled that I'm not French. No one else lives a life so exciting at the French. Food, wine and sex, not necessarily in that order. The food and wine have to be very good; sex is with whomever and wherever the opportunity pops up. Throw in a few murders and it's an exciting book. Forever thrilled that I'm not French.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    An enjoyable murder mystery series with very likable main characters and take place in the south of France. What more is there to like? I never am able to solve who the murderer is. This is a series to binge read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    william clark

    True suspense Definitely true suspense you think right along with Maggie on who committed the crime only to change your mind several times....definite must read

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate Herr

    This is a great series. Independent woman, love, murder, friendship, children and adventure!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Liked this book. The characters and settings are great, and there are plenty of nice red herrings to keep the crime from being too easily solved.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Komandosky

    Another good mystery Once again the author kept me guessing until near the very end. I enjoy how the characters have evolved over time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Very exciting read in a gorgeous setting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carlin

    I truly wasn't expecting to like this book. I was somewhat disappointed with the first book in the Maggie Newberry series, Murder in the South of France, and as my review indicated, I felt the main character was "unbelievable". I decided to read #6 since it was a BookBub special and loved it! It's the first book in awhile that I couldn't stop reading till the end and that was at 3:00 in the morning! Maggie has developed into a sometimes delightful and other times frustrating protagonist. She has I truly wasn't expecting to like this book. I was somewhat disappointed with the first book in the Maggie Newberry series, Murder in the South of France, and as my review indicated, I felt the main character was "unbelievable". I decided to read #6 since it was a BookBub special and loved it! It's the first book in awhile that I couldn't stop reading till the end and that was at 3:00 in the morning! Maggie has developed into a sometimes delightful and other times frustrating protagonist. She has a positive outlook but her inquisitive mind keeps getting her in trouble. So many times I wanted to shout STOP! But she barrels ahead. This was not a predictable mystery. There were so many possible suspects including Maggie's obnoxious brother that like Maggie I kept changing my mind as to who done it and why. The ending came as a surprise though there had been several clues. In this book Maggie is married to Laurent, a handsome and secretive Frenchman, they have a 9-month-old baby boy nicknamed Jemmy and are living nears Arles in Provence. Needless to say a lot happened between the first book and this one. This book held its own but now I'm very curious about the four in between! I will definitely read more by this author. And, oh yes, this book, like the rest of the series is set in France! There is a real sense of place and enough description to grab your imagination and let you see what Maggie is seeing. I'm going to France in late August and now I am even more excited as I will be in the middle of Maggie's world. I think I have to read the other books before I go! Bon voyage!

  16. 4 out of 5

    booksthrubifocals

    Classy whodonit! Ms. Lewis has created another murder mystery in the beautiful grape growing region of southern France. As Maggie, an outspoken American from Atlanta, married to a french vintner, Laurent and proud mother of baby, Jem, gets in over her head once again as she promises to investigate the murder of Lanie, a high school friend. It seems that most of the cast of well developed characters had cause to wish Lanie bon voyage...well actually not so bon...the plot is very intricate and I di Classy whodonit! Ms. Lewis has created another murder mystery in the beautiful grape growing region of southern France. As Maggie, an outspoken American from Atlanta, married to a french vintner, Laurent and proud mother of baby, Jem, gets in over her head once again as she promises to investigate the murder of Lanie, a high school friend. It seems that most of the cast of well developed characters had cause to wish Lanie bon voyage...well actually not so bon...the plot is very intricate and I did not figure out the murderer until the very end. This is a very well written mystery suitable for male and female readers, high school aged and older. Although there is some rough language, it is occasional and though there is discussion of extramarital sexual activity, there are no explicit scenes. The author weaves french culture, food and landscape skillfully into the story. Ms. Lewis leads Maggie, Laurent and a few other characters to greater maturity through self-realization and into more rewarding relationships, creating entertaining and literature with a little more depth than many books of the genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lyle Appleyard

    I got a free electronic copy of this book from the Kobo site. Always take a free copy when you can. I read this book using the Kobo app on my smartphone, A woman is murdered in the South of France. On circumstantial evidence a suspect is arrested. It is then up to the heroine of our story to get the bottom of this mystery. Even though she does not want to get involved. There are plenty of suspects and opportunities. I always like a whodunit. There are plenty of clues, possible suspects and scenari I got a free electronic copy of this book from the Kobo site. Always take a free copy when you can. I read this book using the Kobo app on my smartphone, A woman is murdered in the South of France. On circumstantial evidence a suspect is arrested. It is then up to the heroine of our story to get the bottom of this mystery. Even though she does not want to get involved. There are plenty of suspects and opportunities. I always like a whodunit. There are plenty of clues, possible suspects and scenarios to keep you guessing to who the murderer is. The main character is developed. I see this is the sixth book in the series, so I don't know how it was developed the previous books as I have not read them. I felt that the author made this story more complicated than it had to be. The conflict between the heroine and her husband was more of a distraction to the story than an addition. The time spent on the exotic locales in the story was almost overdone. It is not a heavy read, but a moderately light read. You should have no problem reading it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Siler

    I stumbled upon this book as a free offering through my Kindle. I didn't realize it was #6 in a series or I probably would not have read it. However, I did - and loved it. Maggie is an "every woman" kind of character, and yet she is not boring in any way. This story is obviously further along in the development of her character, yet stands alone quite nicely. There are just enough references to earlier mysteries that I want to read them, but reading this one (I hope) won't spoil going back and g I stumbled upon this book as a free offering through my Kindle. I didn't realize it was #6 in a series or I probably would not have read it. However, I did - and loved it. Maggie is an "every woman" kind of character, and yet she is not boring in any way. This story is obviously further along in the development of her character, yet stands alone quite nicely. There are just enough references to earlier mysteries that I want to read them, but reading this one (I hope) won't spoil going back and getting caught up. I loved the development of the plot, and the author does a great job of bringing you along with a couple of options of who is responsible, and yet I was still surprised at some of the revelations. If you like mysteries that are not gruesome but not boring, this is a book for you. I look forward to going back and reading the first five books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen Lamoreaux

    Maggie is at it again This is the second book I have read about Maggie and Laurent. The story lines and mystery in both books are good, but I cannot make myself like Maggie. I hoped that her attitude towards marriage would improve after having a child, but it didn't much.. As is often the case when the lead is a woman, she chooses to lie to her husband, abandon her friends, and face near death all to solve a mystery that no trained detective can possibly solve. I was pretty sure I knew the identi Maggie is at it again This is the second book I have read about Maggie and Laurent. The story lines and mystery in both books are good, but I cannot make myself like Maggie. I hoped that her attitude towards marriage would improve after having a child, but it didn't much.. As is often the case when the lead is a woman, she chooses to lie to her husband, abandon her friends, and face near death all to solve a mystery that no trained detective can possibly solve. I was pretty sure I knew the identity of the murder a out 2/3 into the book, but there were enough twists and turns to change my mind a few times. There is a slight hint near the end that Maggie may be learning to appreciate her life a little more in future books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bryan D.

    A lot has happened since Maggie Newberry first came on the scene in Murder in the South of France. This is the sixth book in the series, but only the second I've read. Reading numbers 2 through 5 would help explain some of the off-hand comments in the plot, but the book stands on its own just fine. A mystery with no end of possible villains, exotic and enticing scenery, and a likable, if sometimes irritating heroine. What's not to like? I still have my French teacher quibbles about mistakes in t A lot has happened since Maggie Newberry first came on the scene in Murder in the South of France. This is the sixth book in the series, but only the second I've read. Reading numbers 2 through 5 would help explain some of the off-hand comments in the plot, but the book stands on its own just fine. A mystery with no end of possible villains, exotic and enticing scenery, and a likable, if sometimes irritating heroine. What's not to like? I still have my French teacher quibbles about mistakes in the French language phrases that pop up every now and then--the book is set in the south of France, after all. But all told an enjoyable read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judy Ward

    A woman is killed while taking a bath. There doesn't seem to be any clues. Maggie's brother and wife were in the group the woman was traveling with. She decides to help investigate the murder to clear her brother. The police arrest one of the men in the group. Maggie doesn't think he is guilty as he was in love with the woman. Maggie's husband is home with their son Jem and wants her to come home. They have plenty of help with the child and then the added help of Maggie's brother and wife. The s A woman is killed while taking a bath. There doesn't seem to be any clues. Maggie's brother and wife were in the group the woman was traveling with. She decides to help investigate the murder to clear her brother. The police arrest one of the men in the group. Maggie doesn't think he is guilty as he was in love with the woman. Maggie's husband is home with their son Jem and wants her to come home. They have plenty of help with the child and then the added help of Maggie's brother and wife. The situation becomes a bit heated and Maggie and her family are in danger. Will they find the killer before they can kill again? A fast paced cozy. I enjoyed it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Wow! What a great ride! There were changes often, and suspicions verified and discarded at regular intervals! Because I was reading on a kindle, I was generally unsure of how close I was to the end, and each twist followed clearly and regularly! Not knowing how far I was, I still could tell. But the variety of "suspects", all of whom were reasonable, kept the brain working! I loved the variety and unexpectedness of possibilities! Each time one was discarded, I could continue the original suspici Wow! What a great ride! There were changes often, and suspicions verified and discarded at regular intervals! Because I was reading on a kindle, I was generally unsure of how close I was to the end, and each twist followed clearly and regularly! Not knowing how far I was, I still could tell. But the variety of "suspects", all of whom were reasonable, kept the brain working! I loved the variety and unexpectedness of possibilities! Each time one was discarded, I could continue the original suspicion. Highly enjoyable!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Charles Ray

    When Maggie Newberry’s old high school friend is murdered while on a trip to the Cote d’Azur while auditioning for an American TV show, she’s forced to leave her cozy life in a little French village to find the killer to keep an innocent man from being saddled with the crime. Murder in Nice by Susan Kleman-Lewis is a neat little cozy mystery, with a bit more action and adventure than is usually found in this sub-genre—all to the good. Maggie Newberry is no Kinsey Milhone, but I like her anyway, a When Maggie Newberry’s old high school friend is murdered while on a trip to the Cote d’Azur while auditioning for an American TV show, she’s forced to leave her cozy life in a little French village to find the killer to keep an innocent man from being saddled with the crime. Murder in Nice by Susan Kleman-Lewis is a neat little cozy mystery, with a bit more action and adventure than is usually found in this sub-genre—all to the good. Maggie Newberry is no Kinsey Milhone, but I like her anyway, and hat’s off to Kleman-Lewis for introducing a new and vibrant character to mystery lovers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fontenot

    Entertaining enough Characters were fun. Setting descriptions were beautiful. Seems like an enjoyable series. I'll try some other books by the author. Entertaining enough Characters were fun. Setting descriptions were beautiful. Seems like an enjoyable series. I'll try some other books by the author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Cosy murder mystery set in one of my favourite places, the South of France. There are some lovely descriptions of the coastline plus some great characters. I really like Maggie as she has traits that we can all relate to. There are some baddies too and naturally some twists and turns. Trying to work out who is the baddie is all part of the fun. Looking forward now to reading some of the others in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Crazy Interesting story about a young woman being murdered in her bathtub. As usual, Maggie gets involved and gets herself into some dangerous situations. I like the story. Unlike other cozies, this one has no likeable characters other than the main group(Maggie, Laurent and Grace). Even Maggie's brother, Ben, is mean and deceptive. A good one! Crazy Interesting story about a young woman being murdered in her bathtub. As usual, Maggie gets involved and gets herself into some dangerous situations. I like the story. Unlike other cozies, this one has no likeable characters other than the main group(Maggie, Laurent and Grace). Even Maggie's brother, Ben, is mean and deceptive. A good one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily Williams

    It took me forever to get through even just half of this book. It wasn't able to keep my attention for long. I honestly couldn't even finish it. I'm glad I got it for free, but it's one of the worst books I've read. But it's probably just me because I typically don't read murder mysteries. It just seemed really long and drawn out, which is what caused me to lose interest. It took me forever to get through even just half of this book. It wasn't able to keep my attention for long. I honestly couldn't even finish it. I'm glad I got it for free, but it's one of the worst books I've read. But it's probably just me because I typically don't read murder mysteries. It just seemed really long and drawn out, which is what caused me to lose interest.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I read this because it was free on BookBub, and I'll be going to Nice in the Fall. Sadly, I didn't enjoy it...all the characters lie to each other constantly, even the good ones. Had to force myself to finish. I read this because it was free on BookBub, and I'll be going to Nice in the Fall. Sadly, I didn't enjoy it...all the characters lie to each other constantly, even the good ones. Had to force myself to finish.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Thompson

    Great entertainment I enjoyed this book immensely, especially the wonderful descriptions of the places in France. The characters came to life in the story and the climax had me on the edge of my seat.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maryannflouroy

    Growing up. The story was wonderful. It flowed very well. The characters interacted very well. Maggie's husband I in the end came through for his family. He choose family instead of the big payoff. Growing up. The story was wonderful. It flowed very well. The characters interacted very well. Maggie's husband I in the end came through for his family. He choose family instead of the big payoff.

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