One of the best things about reading a lot of crime fiction is finding new authors. It can be a challenge sometimes, what with all of the other additions to the TBR that are begging for attention. But it’s also a way to broaden one’s reading and find out what’s out there in the genre.
That’s why I’m always happy to take part in the ‘New (to Me Anyway) Authors’ meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. By the way, if you’re not already following that excellent blog, you’ll want to do so. It’s got excellent reviews, and, of course, the Agatha Christie challenge.
For the fourth quarter of 2018, my choice for this meme is Susan C. Shea. She worked in the non-profit sector before beginning her career as a writer. She’s now got two series: the Danielle ‘Dani’ O’Rourke series, which takes place in San Francisco; and the French Village mysteries, which take place in the Burgundy village of Reigny-sur-Canne. She’s also a past board member of the Northern California chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, who currently lives in Northern California.
I ‘met’ Shea through her first French Village mystery, Love and Death in Burgundy. In it, we are introduced to American ex-pats Michael Goff (a famous musician) and his artist wife, Katherine, who’ve moved to Reigny to get away from the fast pace and incessant media attention they’ve gotten in the US. Late one night, fellow villager Albert Bellegarde dies after a fall down some stairs at his home. At first, it looks like a tragic accident. After all, Bellegarde was elderly and not in the best of health. And the stairs are steep. But it’s not long before there is suspicion that he was murdered. Katherine gets involved in the investigation because she knew both the victim and his wife, Adele. As she starts to ask questions, Katherine learns that it’s not always easy to negotiate the delicate politics of small-town living, especially in a different culture.
Dressed For Death in Burgundy, the second in the series, was released in May, 2018. I’ll admit I’ve not (yet) read that one, but it follows on from the first. In it, Katherine Goff is finally settling in among the ‘regulars’ of Reigny and is being accepted as part of the village. She gets involved in a murder mystery when discovers a body during a museum tour.
Want to know more about Susan C. Shea? Her website is right here.
Want to know more about Love and Death in Burgundy? It’s right here.
Want to know more about Dressed For Death in Burgundy? It’s right here.
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from the Byrds’ The World Turns All Around Her.