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The Granite Coast Murders: A Brittany Mystery    by Jean-Luc Bannalec order for
Granite Coast Murders
by Jean-Luc Bannalec
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Minotaur, 2021 (2021)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In Jean-Luc Bannalec's Brittany mystery series starring Commissaire Georges Dupin, decisions on what to eat and drink from the local cuisine's mouthwatering delicacies have equal weight with the murder investigation. That is the case once more in The Granite Coast Murders which takes Dupin and his girlfriend, chief cardiologist Claire Lannoy, to the Rose Coast for a badly needed two week beach vacation.

The weather is glorious, the views spectacular, and 'For Georges Dupin it was hell.' He had promised Claire (and his doctor who is concerned about his 'pathological hyperactivity') not to get in touch with the office and to relax, but he hates indolence and needs a case to exercise his intellect. Luckily one soon develops. Then, his only problem becomes hiding his involvement from Claire and his colleagues at the commissariat in Concarneau!

The hotelier starts to keep Dupin informed of local wrongdoing - first the theft of the statue of Saint Anne; a break-in to a mansion with sea on three sides; a cold case of a corpse found in a local quarry; an attack on a deputy to the local assembly, followed by a threat; a vanished blonde; another corpse found in the same quarry as the first one; and finally yet another murder. Bliss for Dupin!

Of course, the Commissaire solves the case (though he takes no credit for it) and ends up enjoying his vacation tremendously ... La vie en rose!

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