Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Sinister Superyacht

Rating  :  4  Stars  

My first read of the year is the continuation of the Julie Cavallo Investigates series set in Provence France.  This was the 3rd installment in the series by Ana T. Drew.   

This one involved Julie and her grandmother, Rose, doing a temporary pastry chef job on the superyacht of Jean Louis Ponsard.  I think I enjoyed this 3rd installment the best of all the series so far.

Ms. Drew writes great mysteries with characters that are appealing to the reader.  They seem like real people who have quirks to their personalities.  Some of the characters definitely have annoying traits but that is their intended characteristics- the annoying mother in law comes across as an annoying mother in law.   

The Sinister Superyacht: a Provence Cozy MysteryThe Sinister Superyacht: a Provence Cozy Mystery by Ana T. Drew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

I think this is my favorite of the 3 books so far. Ms Drew does a wonderful job of creating characters who are authentic and spark emotions in readers, both positive and annoyances. Once again Julie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and thoroughly drags Grandma Rose into it as well. The mystery is well written with plenty of probable suspects I appreciate Ms Drew including descriptions of France and the everyday culture as well. Highly recommend this series for cozy fans who like sassy characters 

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes   France
  2. AtoZ   #2021AtoZReadingChallenge  S
  3. Alphabet Soup #AlphabetSoupChallenge    S
  4. Alphabet Soup Author Edition #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge   D
  5. Color Coded blue
  6. Beat the Backlist #BTB2021  #30 character has a dream scene 
  7. 2021TBR  #2021ReadingChallenge #4 set in a place you'd like to live 
  8. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2021  Julie Cavallo Investigates #3
  9. Mount TBR   #MountTBR2021  Book #1
  10. Cozy Mysteries   #12 set somewhere not US or UK 
  11. Cruisin thru Cozies  paranormal #1
  12. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #1
  13. Craving for Cozies  Book # 1
  14. Medical Examiner Challenge  2 Toe Tags
  15. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 1
        • Boat
      • Row 5
        • Home or business office
    • Weapons
      • Row 2 
        • Hand gun
      • Row 5
        • Hands or fists
    • Detectives- Julie/Rose/Adinian
    • Victims- Roland/ Michelle
  16. 52 Book Club  #9   Set In A Mediterranean Country
  17. The Unofficial Magnus Archives Challenge  #TMARC21  # 49 Grifter’s Bone: about/featuring an urban legend
  18. While I was Reading  #7 A book with food or drink on the cover
  19. BooklistQueen # 46. Title with Three Words
  20. Nerd Daily  #NERDREADING2021 #44 INDIE AUTHOR
  21. Bookworm  #17 the main character's occupation is a chef or baker
  22. Magic in the Books Book 3 #7  Includes a parent/child relationship 
  23. Spells and Spaceships less than 100 total ratings on GR 
  24. Pick your Poison Weather #3 A book with a picture of clear blue sky on the cover
  25. Bloggers Bookshelf   #bloggersbookshelf #20 written by an author who is younger than you 
  26. Beyond the Bookends  Location you wish to travel to-  France
  27. 52 books in 52 weeks  Row 4 alpha males and strong heroines
  28. Unruly Reader Bingo  #25 Knotty
  29. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #33. A book featuring three generations
  30. NJM Book Challenge  #NJMBookChallenge2021  #3 self published 
  31. Unruly Reader Bingo  Knotty

Possible prompts

I will decide as the year goes along which prompts I use it for on several challenges since it meets multiple criteria within the challenge.
  1. Around the Year in 52 Books 
    1. # 14. A book set in a made-up place
    2. 43. A book with elements of magic

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