“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
--Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone)
A FATALITY IN SPAIN is book #4 in a charming new cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone has received 1,500 five-star reviews. The series (A YEAR IN EUROPE) begins with book #1 (A MURDER IN PARIS).
Diana Hope, 55, is still adjusting to her recent separation when she discovers her ex-husband has just proposed to a woman 30 years younger. Secretly hoping they would reunite, Diana is devastated. She realizes the time has come to reimagine life without him—in fact, to reimagine her life, period.
Devoting the last 30 years of her life to being a dutiful wife and mother and to climbing the corporate ladder, Diana has been relentlessly driven, and has not taken a moment to do anything for herself. Now, the time has come.
Diana never forgot her first boyfriend, who begged her to join him for a year in Europe after college. She had wanted to go so badly, but it had seemed like a wild, romantic idea, and a gap year, she’d thought, would hinder her resume and career. But now, with her daughters grown, her husband gone, and her career no longer fulfilling, Diana realizes it’s time for herself—and to take that romantic year in Europe she’d always dreamed of.
Diana prepares to embark on the year of her life, finally turning to her bucket list, hoping to tour the most beautiful sights and sample the most scrumptious cuisines—and maybe, even, to fall in love again. But a year in Europe may have different plans in store for her. Can A-type Diana learn to go with the flow, to be spontaneous, to let down her guard and to learn to truly enjoy life again?
In A FATALITY IN SPAIN (Book #4), Diana decides to let go and take a chance at love, meeting up with her newfound friend in Barcelona, and trying to muster the courage to fulfill her lifelong dream of running with the bulls in Pamplona. Between the great food, the sunny streets, and her new love, life seems alive again—until a murder turns her world upside down. Can Diana save the case and herself—along with her summer?
A YEAR IN EUROPE is a charming and laugh-out-loud cozy mystery series, packed with food and travel, with mysteries that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and with experiences that will leave you with a sense of wonder. As Diana embarks on her quixotic quest for love and meaning, you will find yourself falling in love and rooting for her. You will be in shock at the twists and turns her journey takes as she somehow finds herself at the center of a mystery, and must play amateur sleuth to solve it. Fans of books like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun have finally found the cozy mystery series they’ve been hoping for!
SCANDAL IN LONDON (Book #5), AN IMPOSTER IN DUBLIN (Book #6), SEDUCTION IN BORDEAUX (Book #7), JEALOUSY IN SWITZERLAND (Book #8), and A DEBACLE IN PRAGUE (Book #9) are now also available!
Super fun read!
Super fun read. It’s more like a cozy murder mystery than Blake Pierce’s other series.
Not my favorite
I don’t like a cozy mystery as much as I enjoy a depraved serial killer. The premise of a middle aged woman going off alone on a European adventure was intriguing, and I enjoyed the first three books. This one wasn’t my cup of tea. Plenty of great scenery and compelling cities to visit, but we had to visit the “ running of the bulls!” The ending was hopeful, so I will purchase the next book to see where Diana goes next!
A Fatality in Spain
Diana St. James has left her staid life in the States and set off for a year of travel and adventure in Europe. In each country she visits, somehow she becomes involved in a murder investigation. She arrives in Spain and meets up with fellow traveler, Sean, whom she met in France. Together they set off for Pamplona to run with the bulls and stumble upon another murder.
Diana is seeking a purpose in her life. Each day she has vowed to do something that scares her. Although she is experiencing life, she is still not living. As the book comes to its end, Sean makes a request that has Diana reconsidering her solitary journey. I am very much looking forward to reading where her journey takes her.