Now I want to visit Brittany….
I’ve read a couple of the earlier titles in Jean-Luc Bannalec’s Georges Dupin series, set in Brittany, and have enjoyed them a lot. So I was happy to receive an advance review copy of Bannalec’s latest title to be translated into English – The Killing Tide.
All of the elements that I’ve enjoyed in the earlier titles were present in this book as well – wonderful descriptions of Brittany and its close relationship with the ocean, great food scenes (Dupin can almost always be distracted by food, although it doesn’t seem to keep him from solving cases), and a nice mystery to be solved. The writing is sharp, and I enjoyed following along with Dupin and his cast of characters as he investigates. I liked this book enough that I finished it over a weekend, and spent the next few days wishing I could visit Brittany.
I had one minor issue with this book, which was the lack of much visibility for Nolwenn, Dupin’s guide to all things Breton. Nolwenn reminds me of another favorite character of mine – Signorina Elettra in Donna Leon’s Brunetti series – and although Nolwenn makes cameo appearances by phone, I missed seeing more of her.
All-in-all, though, I look forward very much to the next title in the series to be translated. My thanks again to Edelweiss and Minotaur Books for the ARC. And also please keep in mind that I try to fight “star-inflation” a little bit. I reserve 5 stars for maybe one in thirty or forty books I read, so 4 stars is a great rating and a solid “read this book” recommendation from me.
Final note: There’s not a super-strong overarching story arc to the Dupin series, and The Killing Tide can be read as a stand-alone mystery. However, I think readers might enjoy it a bit more if they have read some of the earlier titles in the series, and have more background with the characters.
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The third title in this series, The Fleur de Sel Murders, has dropped to $2.99 at Kindle and Kobo US.
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0763SG7QG/
Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-fleur-de-sel-murders
The Missing Corpse is the fourth in the series. It’s $2.99 right now at Kindle and Kobo US.
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D2BYD53
Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-missing-corpse-1
The Killing Tide has dropped to $2.99 at Kindle and Kobo US. The links in the OP are still good…
The second in this series, Murder on Brittany Shores, has dropped to $2.99 at Kindle and Kobo US.
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY4RMS7
Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/murder-on-brittany-shores-2
The Missing Corpse is $2.99 again right now in the US. The links in the comment three up are still good…
The Granite Coast Murders is the next-to-most-recent in Jean-Luc Bannalec’s Brittany series, the early titles of which I’ve quite enjoyed. (Full disclosure: I’m partial to mysteries set in France…) It has dropped to $2.99 in the US right now. I usually don’t see books in this series at $1.99, so this is probably as good as it will get.
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BYBFVS7
Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-granite-coast-murders