Dying For A Vacation

A Traditional Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
136 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2018
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Author Biography

My father-in-law actually managed the chateau I wrote about briefly, and our family had a memorable stay inside. Who could forget the topless beach or the mosquitoes? I couldn't resist describing the former owner's quirky art work or the chateau's gorgeous setting. It was like spending a year there instead of a few days.
Since then my mysteries have been honored twice by Writer's Digest, and my latest FOR BETTER OR WORSE became a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Award for mysteries. I'm still very fond of DYING FOR A VACATION.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Dying For A Vacation: A Traditional Mystery by Donna Murray is a murder mystery set in France. Richard, an artist, is offered a chance to get away from it all when his old roommate, Tom, asks him to look after his chateau while he goes on honeymoon with his wife, Maria. The chateau has been the target of vandals and now it seems that the death of Maria’s mother may not have been the accident it was thought to be. Tom has hired repairers to fix the vandalism and the vandals won’t be back – will they? Everything is not all it seems to be; who is the strange man watching the chateau? And murder? Well, that only happens in books – doesn’t it?

Dying For A Vacation: A Traditional Mystery by Donna Murray is a good mystery with solid characters. Donna has developed her characters as real people, people that we come to know and empathize with throughout the story. The plot, in my opinion, takes a while to come together but when it does, it springs into action. The descriptions in the story brought the surroundings and the characters to life quite nicely and there is enough action to keep you interested in the chain of events. The plot was quite simple, nothing complicated to get lost in, and an easy read if you have a few hours spare or need to kill time. It is an entertaining story and fans of sleuth novels and murder mysteries will really enjoy it.