Yes, making the first book in a series really does pay off when a reader loves the first book!
Murder in the South of France by Susan Kiernan-Lewis is the book that I received free. To date, there are 15 books in the Maggie Newberry Mystery Series.
Maggie Newberry is an advertising copywriter who's fast on her feet and a little stunned to realize that she's over 30 and still hasn't found true love.
When her long missing sister ends up dead, Maggie flies to the south of France to find the little niece that no one in the family even knew existed.
Along the way, she finds handsome, sexy Frenchman Laurent Dernier to help search for the girl. Meanwhile, her sister's murderer sets his sights on the little girl—and Maggie too.
Since I love Paris, I'm predisposed to like this book with action taking place in Paris and Cannes.
Maggie is intelligent and believable in her regret, her grief, and her bewilderment about how her life is turning out. The last thing she expects when she goes to France to claim her sister's body is to find a sizzling attraction to a Frenchman she never expects to see again.
Her trip is like this novel with unexpected twists and turns that change her life forever. Maggie and Laurent, her French lover, are compelling characters about whom you can't wait to read more. I've happily followed them through 3 books now and am eager to read more in this series.
I imagine once I work my way through this series, I'll move on to her Stranded in Provence series.
If you like your mystery on the cozy side with no graphic violence or strong language, you'll really like the Maggie Newberry Mystery Series.