When Murder Rides into Town, Paul Burke Must Solve it in THE BASTARD IS DEAD by D'Arcy Kavanagh

The Bastard Is Dead by D'Arcy Kavanagh
The Bastard Is Dead by D'Arcy Kavanagh
LIVONIA, Mich. - May 7, 2020 - PRLog -- The Paul Burke Mystery novels are a fresh and innovative take on the amateur sleuth murder mystery genre. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful French Riviera, ex-pro cyclist Paul Burke lives a quiet and simple life blogging about sports.

Debut author D'Arcy Kavanagh, who spends six weeks every year traveling in Europe, loosely based the series on his own personal experiences traveling and his love of cycling. "My hope is readers will be entertained and that the different regions I write about will come alive for those who have either visited or wish to travel to some of these locations," says author Kavanagh. "I also enjoy weaving current social issues into the backdrop of the plot to identify what's happening not just in those regions of Europe but closer to home."

In the series opener in The Bastard Is Dead, Burke is assigned to cover the Tour de France. But when the unexpected happens and Pierre McManus, a team trainer celebrated by fans but hated by his fellow riders, dies just as a stage race ends, it's a shock to everyone. And when a second controversial death involving a former teammate of Burke's occurs, Burke suddenly finds himself mixed-up in murder.  The only problem is, learning the real truth may just cost him his life.

The Paul Burke Mystery series will take readers across Europe as Burke and other reoccurring characters visit the Provence area of France, the Austrian section of the Danube River, the French island of Corsica, and the Catalonia region of Spain, all areas where Kavanagh has traveled extensively. The rich history, scenery, and culture will also appeal to travel buffs and food aficionados.

Fans of amateur detective series and murder mysteries, such as John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series or Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, will enjoy this first offering in the new French Riviera Murder Mystery series featuring Paul Burke, a blogger who always seems to be uncovering a new mystery and murder to solve.

Advance Praise

"…a lot of fun to read: it's well written, fast paced and kept me hooked till the end. The mystery is solid and kept me guessing." —Annarelix Book Blog

The Bastard Is Dead is published by BHC Press and is available in hardcover (978-1-64397-029-5), trade softcover (978-1-64397-030-1), and ebook (978-1-64397-031-8) at fine book retailers everywhere.

Booksellers, librarians (LCCN: 2019938909), and retailers can purchase copies though Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertrams, Overdrive, and Perma-Bound.

BHC Press is an independent publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more, visit www.bhcpress.com.

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