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Beware — dressing up as Napoleon can get you killed! Provence baker Julie Cavallo, her sous chef, and her grandma sign up for a Napoleonic re-enactment at a nearby chateau. The event includes theatricals, war games, and costume balls — all courtesy of the host and pillar of the local community, Baron Gustave Cordes d’Auzon. What a welcome break from baking and catering... ...a Beware — dressing up as Napoleon can get you killed! Provence baker Julie Cavallo, her sous chef, and her grandma sign up for a Napoleonic re-enactment at a nearby chateau. The event includes theatricals, war games, and costume balls — all courtesy of the host and pillar of the local community, Baron Gustave Cordes d’Auzon. What a welcome break from baking and catering... ...and from pining for a tall, dark, and unsociable captain of the gendarmerie! Unlike the captain, the guests at the chateau love conversing. Some are so flamboyant they outshine even Julie’s badass grandma Rose! It’s all fun and cosplay… until the lord of the castle turns up dead. Three unlikely culprits plead guilty. Each gives the gendarmes a different motive. Each insists they did it alone. Who’s lying? And why? And who really killed the baron? If you’re a fan of Murder on the Orient Express and country house mysteries, then you’ll love this book. It will regale you with a dogged amateur sleuth, a puzzling ensemble of suspects, and a tangled web of lies.


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Beware — dressing up as Napoleon can get you killed! Provence baker Julie Cavallo, her sous chef, and her grandma sign up for a Napoleonic re-enactment at a nearby chateau. The event includes theatricals, war games, and costume balls — all courtesy of the host and pillar of the local community, Baron Gustave Cordes d’Auzon. What a welcome break from baking and catering... ...a Beware — dressing up as Napoleon can get you killed! Provence baker Julie Cavallo, her sous chef, and her grandma sign up for a Napoleonic re-enactment at a nearby chateau. The event includes theatricals, war games, and costume balls — all courtesy of the host and pillar of the local community, Baron Gustave Cordes d’Auzon. What a welcome break from baking and catering... ...and from pining for a tall, dark, and unsociable captain of the gendarmerie! Unlike the captain, the guests at the chateau love conversing. Some are so flamboyant they outshine even Julie’s badass grandma Rose! It’s all fun and cosplay… until the lord of the castle turns up dead. Three unlikely culprits plead guilty. Each gives the gendarmes a different motive. Each insists they did it alone. Who’s lying? And why? And who really killed the baron? If you’re a fan of Murder on the Orient Express and country house mysteries, then you’ll love this book. It will regale you with a dogged amateur sleuth, a puzzling ensemble of suspects, and a tangled web of lies.

25 review for The Shady Chateau: a Provence Cozy Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    Provence baker Julie Cavallo, her sous chef, and her grandma sign up for a Napoleonic re-enactment at a nearby chateau where the competition is fierce and can be deadly. It seems that Julie’s grandma is not the only one who takes the Napoleonic re-enactments very serious and will challenge anyone to a duel over their roles in the re-enactment and/or their beliefs about Napoleon. Everything is going well until the lord of the castle turns up dead. Never fear Julie Cavallo is on the case. She doesn’ Provence baker Julie Cavallo, her sous chef, and her grandma sign up for a Napoleonic re-enactment at a nearby chateau where the competition is fierce and can be deadly. It seems that Julie’s grandma is not the only one who takes the Napoleonic re-enactments very serious and will challenge anyone to a duel over their roles in the re-enactment and/or their beliefs about Napoleon. Everything is going well until the lord of the castle turns up dead. Never fear Julie Cavallo is on the case. She doesn’t have to look too far for the killer as she has plenty of suspects especially when she has three people confess to killing the lord of the castle. So, now we have three suspects. Which of the three killed this dude? Did either one of them kill the lord of the castle? If so which one? What was their motive? Julie has the suspects now she just has to figure out which one did it. I just love the Julie Cavallo Investigates mysteries and just as the first three books in the series The Shady Chateau is jammed packed with mystery and suspense that kept the pages turning. The characters in The Shady Chateau are so well described that I could just see them all in my head in their costumes. I could see them standing around the crime scene as Julie tried to put all the pieces together. Each and every scene is portrayed so vividly that I could see it all playing out in my head as if I was right there looking upon each and every scene and character as if I was a part of their world. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the Julie Cavallo Investigates mysteries The Perils of Paris to see what mystery our favorite sleuth Julie Cavallo finds herself involved in. I highly recommend The Shady Chateau to all mystery-solving crime fans! One-click your copy of The Shady Chateau as well as the rest of the Julie Cavallo Investigates mysteries today and help solve a mystery or two!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Really enjoyed this next book in the Julie Cavallo series. This series is set in the South of France and focuses on baker, Julie, and her friends and family. Together FERJ investigates murders and their ability to solve them is assisted by Julie’s visions. In this book we learn more about Julie and her family. The role play weekend she attends at a Chateau opens many questions and reveals secrets both of the suspects and Julie’s family. The real dilemma beyond who did it is why and whether the e Really enjoyed this next book in the Julie Cavallo series. This series is set in the South of France and focuses on baker, Julie, and her friends and family. Together FERJ investigates murders and their ability to solve them is assisted by Julie’s visions. In this book we learn more about Julie and her family. The role play weekend she attends at a Chateau opens many questions and reveals secrets both of the suspects and Julie’s family. The real dilemma beyond who did it is why and whether the end justified the means. You will have to read to find out. If you like cozy mysteries with a bit of quirkiness and supernatural then you will enjoy this book

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mitchell

    A great read with a wonderful cast of characters and a must-solve mystery that kept me glued to the book from start to finish as I felt like I was right beside Julie Cavallo figuring out the puzzle of whodunit! Ms. Drew has given us another winner in her Julie Cavallo Investigates series with quirky suspects, humorous moments, twists and turns. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will love "The Shady Chateau: A Province Cozy Mystery". I received an advance reader copy of this book and am voluntaril A great read with a wonderful cast of characters and a must-solve mystery that kept me glued to the book from start to finish as I felt like I was right beside Julie Cavallo figuring out the puzzle of whodunit! Ms. Drew has given us another winner in her Julie Cavallo Investigates series with quirky suspects, humorous moments, twists and turns. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will love "The Shady Chateau: A Province Cozy Mystery". I received an advance reader copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scarolet Ellis

    The Shady Chateau: a Provence Cozy Mystery (Julie Cavallo Investigates) by Ana T. Drew is a fantastic story to read. This is book number four in this fantastic series written by a brand new author for me to read. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about cozy mysteries. I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charity Chimni

    A great addition to the series! The FERJ are at it again with solving a mystery. I loved seeing Julie and her love interest make it one step closer to romance. This mystery had lots of twists and turns and underlying mysteries to solve to get to the WHODUNIT. Definitely worth a read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juanita E. Arp

    A cute little mystery, the story is entertaining and the interaction between the characters is amusing. Hi received this book as a FREE copy to read and I voluntarily leave this review.

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  16. 5 out of 5

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    Sarah

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