A Margot Durand Cozy Mystery
STORY-LINE CROISSANTS AND CORRUPTION:
Croissants and Corruption takes place in the small town of North Bank, Virginia. On the shore of the Potomac River, just far enough from the maddening crowds of Washington, D. C., everyone is friendly and feels safe from crime. Widow Margot Durand owns The Parisian Patisserie, a fine french bakery.
Widow of a police officer, Margot can’t resist a good mystery. Shortly she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Receiving a call from her sister who’s at the end of her rope with her daughter Taylor, Margot agrees to take the 19-year-old for the summer. To say Taylor is not happy getting up at 3:00 AM to work in a bakery is an under statement.
Taylor and Margot find themselves in the middle of a murder almost upon Taylor’s arrival in North Bank. Their pushy flirty waiter attacks Taylor and then later that night’s stabbed to death. Suspicious of Taylor’s involvement, Detective Adam Eastwood, a long time friend of Margot’s deceased husband, must determine if Taylor’s guilty of murder.
A lot is going on in North Bank; the seniors need a new community building and are rising funds, the mayor is running for re-election, money is missing from the seniors funds, and a murder’s committed. Maybe North Bank is not as quite as the citizens thought.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly, I must say Croissants and Corruption’s an easy entertaining read suitable for a pleasant afternoon of relaxing reading. Secondly, containing the standard cozy mystery format of strong female character, small friendly town, and a murder, Author D. Collins crafted a first-class cozy mystery.
Margot’s character’s strong and independent, ready to help anyone, and always ready with a box of baked goods. With an inquisitive mind, Margot’s determination to clear her niece is strong; she won’t let anything stop her, including Detective Eastwood. Eastwood’s character’s smart, determined, and fair in his judgements and evaluations. Smart and savvy, Margot manages all the irons she has in the fire with skill, from looking into the missing senior funds to proving Taylor’s innocence. Collins portrayal of nineteen year old Taylor was classic immature teenager. Watching her grow by the end of the story was wonderful.
Finally, in concluding my cozy mystery novel review of Croissants and Corruption, I found the pace of the book in line with the length of the story, Collins writing’s clear, clean, and easy to follow with smooth scene transitions and believable characters. With a cast of secondary characters, Collins added depth to the story. Her portrayal of small town USA was spot on. Furthermore, Collins included twists and turns, which hold the reader’s attention. Containing no sex, Croissants and Corruption is suitable for anyone who enjoys a solid story-line.
CROISSANTS AND CORRUPTION RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
In addition, I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from Fairfield Publishing and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest cozy mystery novel review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my voluntary cozy mystery novel review.