Series: Cait Morgan #1
Cait Morgan is a criminology professor who is in Nice presenting a paper for a colleague when she runs into a former acquaintance who invites her to his wife's birthday dinner. She goes, someone is murdered, and she investigates.
I thought at first the book would be alright, although I was disappointed when it mentioned cholera in the Roman era (as part of a conversation). Then I got fed up with how Cait was going on and on about the hot Italian from dinner who kept hanging out with her. And then the plot hinged on her randomly drinking a beer sitting out on the counter. Did I mention she's about 40 pounds overweight and obsessed with food (she salivates at foie gras) and has a quasi-photographic memory that she can access while humming to herself? Yeah, so...this book was obviously trying to set up a character with enough background for a series but did so at the expense of the actual mystery. The solution of which was revealed at the very end well after she realized it herself and emailed it to various people when she decides not to flee immediately and find the police but instead hides.
I also wasn't a fan of how after Bud's wife dies, he proposes to Cait really badly after a few months and although she turns him down, she acts as though there's only one kind of love. She refuses him on the basis that she thinks of him as a friend and thinks he doesn't love her. But apparently she loves him and has never thought of him as more than a friend but the fact that she doesn't think he loves her is what stops her? Argh. Anyway, this really shouldn't have been tacked onto the end of the book like this, and this is what drove it down to a one-star rating for me from a two-star one. Plus it was really lame and reinforces the perception that men and women can't be friends.
I do not recommend this book. Maybe the series gets better, but I wouldn't count on it.
Ok, repeat after me people: Cholera did not become widespread until the 19th century. Cholera did not become widespread until the 19th century.
Yes, there are other water-borne diseases that affected people in the distant past but they were not cholera so don't go on about Romans in Britain and cholera! Gah!
Sorry, personal pet peeve ever since I read Medical Detective by Sandra Hempel.