Deception on the Danube reviews

Jeff Hamilton: “D’Arcy’s third installment of Paul Burke’s adventures in solving murders captivated me again. Like a good mystery, I was kept guessing throughout the chapters as to who was to blame. Again, the cycling, eating, drinking, sightseeing and great dialogue takes the reader on a great ride. I’m certainly looking forward to Book #4. Canadiens’ shirts? Really?”

Marlene Court: "I've read all three of D'Arcy's books and love them. I really enjoy the mystery but I also enjoy the descriptions of the places Paul Burke goes to and the lifestyle descriptons. I doubt I will ever get to Europe so I feel I am living, eating and exploring Europe with Paul Burke." 

Corsica Born and Dead reviews

A Vintage End reviews

Ian Hepher: “This is D’Arcy Kavanagh’s second Paul Burke mystery, the middle of a series of three. It’s a good read, rich in cycling lore, food and history. The plot, which centres around a series of four vintage bike races, builds very nicely, and, thanks to extensive research on the part of the author, it has the ring of truth. Burke continues to evolve as he finds himself drawn more into the world of media. On the downside, there isn’t much to say. I found the dialogue a bit choppy at times, and I think perhaps the book might have wrapped up a bit quicker. Overall, a good read. I’m looking forward to Deception on the Danube, the third in the series.”

Jeff Hamilton: “I just finished D’Arcy Kavanagh’s second book relating Paul Burke’s continued involvement in cycling and solving crimes. Like the first book, A Vintage End leads the reader through many twists and turns as Paul and friends help the flics solve a mystery. The bits of information that were revealed throughout the book kept my attention as I worked with Paul to solve the case. At one point in the book, Paul’s friend points out his transformation from a lazy, rudderless person to one who has purpose. It’s a great lesson to us all that we can improve our lives and make a difference to society. Another great read. I’m already looking forward to Paul’s next adventure.”

Rob Labossiere: “Wow, what a fun read over Christmas! I think the second book is every bit as brilliant as the first – and maybe even better or am I just enjoying the development of Burke’s character? I am impressed by how much detail and research is done to write a book like this. I found the hook is nicely set in the first 30% of the book and then I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I recommend this book to anyone, especially if you have ever traveled to Provence. It’s fun to hear the names of familiar places, and in true French spirit, D’Arcy paints a great mental picture of the French meals and countryside. I can’t wait for Deception on the Danube to become available.”

Will Arnold: “I have finished the second book in the series and enjoyed it even more than the first. Even though I’m not a biking fanatic, I appreciated all the cycling stories and the plot was also very good. I await the third one which I hope is coming out next year. The preview has whetted my appetite.”

Patrick George: “I enjoyed it at least as much as the first one. Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading and kept wondering what was going to happen next.”

Sandie Zobell: “Kavanagh does it again! The main character, Paul Burke, manages to find himself in the middle of another murder mystery, participating in vintage bike races in his new career as a blogger/reporter. Set in a variety of locations in Provence, France, Kavanagh has a very detailed knowledge of the area along with some actual historical accounts as they relate to France. Not only a great read but great educational material. If you are an avid cyclist (or not), you will enjoy Burke’s adventure as he once again takes a mystery. Enjoy his rides, fine dining and friendships. You feel like you are riding on his wheel all the way!”

Sharon Baird: “I found D’Arcy Kavanagh’s novels The Bastard is Dead and A Vintage End to be full of intrigue and suspense. The mystery, friendships, romance and danger keep both novels page turners. The beautiful descriptions of the French Riviera make me long to plan a trip to the region and experience the beauty and of course enjoy the wonderful food! I look forward to D’Arcy’s next novel Deception on the Danube.”

The Bastard is Dead reviews

Canadian Cycling Magazine:
“It’s a murder mystery, which is just the thing for summer reading . . . . Burke is a good central character. I like how he’s an everyman, not a super-detective like Sherlock Holmes.”


Richard Stevenson (poet, author): “I loved it! A great read!”

Scott Sakatch: “The Bastard is Dead is an interesting new take on the mystery genre. Hero Paul Burke is reminiscent of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee, just a guy enjoying a quasi-retired lifestyle in an idyllic setting who ends up, through no fault of his own, in the middle of not one but two murders in this laid-back whodunnit. There’s a little bit of everything here: intrigue, romance, tested friendships. And, of course, the Tour de France. The author obviously knows his stuff, and readers will be transported to the Côte d’Azur via the lovingly descriptive narrative. Mystery fans will enjoy this one, as will avid cyclists and anyone who knows (or dreams about) the French Riviera lifestyle. This may be Kavanagh’s first novel but it’s obvious he has some serious writing chops. I look forward to the next installment in the Paul Burke series.”

Jeff Hamilton: “I thoroughly enjoyed reading D’Arcy Kavanagh’s foray into mystery novels. By the end of the book, I was left wanting to read more of Paul Burke and his eventful life as an ex-pro cyclist and budding investigator. I became quite attached to Paul, Hélène and a number of other characters introduced in the book including news people, a bike shop owner, a café owner and detectives. From the description of the cycling routes and food from the cafes, you could tell that the author has been on these same paths and eaten/drank at the same spots. If you like a good murder mystery, enjoy good food and wine, and love cycling, this is a great read!”

Patrick George: “What a backdrop for murder – the Côte d’Azur and the Tour de France! First-time novelist D’Arcy Kavanagh has penned a real page turner that keeps the reader guessing right to the end. Former elite cyclist and disgraced raced analyst Paul Burke has taken self-imposed sanctuary in a quaint French village just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean Sea to recover from his pro-cycling career retirement and some ill-considered remarks made on national television. He has immersed himself into the local environment and has been befriended by the local café owner who also happens to be a staunch environmentalist opposed to over-development in and around his village. Burke is shaken out of his self-pity by the death of an acquaintance, a real bastard, during a stage of the Tour de France which is passing through nearby Nice. Naturally curious, Burke stumbles across information that not only lands him in hot water with the local gendarmes but fearing for his own life and that of a new and promising love interest. While creating a blog author and erstwhile detective out of Burke, Kavanagh conveys the charm of Provençal people, places and epicurean delights. The author obviously knows well and describes the geography in which the murders take place and the challenges imposed on the local way of life by unbridled urban development and accompanying population growth. Tension grows throughout the novel which is hard to put down. I can’t wait for another Paul Burke mystery.”

Rob Labossiere: “My congrats and compliments to you for an excellent book. As far as I am concerned, it should be on the New Times must-read list of 2015. You got the hook set into me with the characters, plot, sex and twists and turns of your story. I felt as if I was there in France with the characters. Now get off your ass and get the next couple of books written so I can keep those characters alive in my mind . . . . No, seriously, I look forward to the next adventure. It is a really well-written story! I told my wife that the story and characters are so good it could easily be adapted into a screenplay.”

Kermit403: “I like good quick mystery reads . . . along the lines of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series from years gone by. D’Arcy Kavanagh’s The Bastard is Dead is a great first stab at this genre. I have never been to France, so I have no way of placing myself along the Côte d’Azur, but I was able to imagine the surroundings with Mr. Kavanagh’s descriptions of the area. If I do get there, I hope my imaginings are reasonably close. Now, the title may sound a little odd but as you get into the book, it will become clear as to why it was used. I look forward to the return of Paul and possibly some of the other characters we were introduced to here.”

Sandie Zobell: “If you are into a good murder mystery, The Bastard is Dead is an amazing read taking place in the French Riviera. The main character, Paul Burke, is an ex-pro cyclist gone blogger/reporter/investigator. His life becomes intertwined in some murders that he investigates to report and unravel, linking characters involved to his pro-cycling associations. Kavanagh has included some great accounts of the Côte d’Azur area, food and of course mystery as it unfolds. Some unexpected twists keep you turning the page.”

Olga Magliocco: “The Bastard is Dead engages instantly and is impossible to put down. What a fantastic introduction and addition to the world of fiction! D’Arcy Kavanagh’s main character Paul Burke is an ex-pro cyclist who finds himself caught up in not one but two murders in the exotic setting of the Côte d’Azur. Kavanagh’s skill at casual conversation between his characters cleverly draws you deeper into their world, plunging you intimately into this scorching thriller. The Bastard is Dead is a skillfully written, tantalizing thriller that leaves the reader begging for more. I was delighted to see the lead-in to the next Paul Burke mystery on the final page of the book and can’t wait for it to be released. What a powerful impact you’ve made with your first book, D’Arcy Kavanagh. I, for one, am looking forward to many more.”

Vicky Vanden Hoek: “My husband read D’Arcy’s book on holidays and enjoyed it! I recommend it to others and look forward to your second book coming out.”

Rita Peterson: “Mr. Kavanagh obviously knows his cycling and the location in which the book is set. He introduces us to a diverse group of characters – intriguing and totally believable. The read was like a good ride – twists and turns, ups and downs, all bringing us to a highly satisfactory conclusion.”

Wendy Dickout: “Well-developed plot in an intriguing environment. It will especially appeal to those who have travelled or cycled the French Riviera. It captures the essence of a smaller-town French community and culture. Excellent read for those who like murder mysteries.”

Paul Nicholson: “A great read. Terrific backdrop, great plot and wonderful character development. All the ingredients for the very fine novel it is. Well done!”

Kris Hodgson: “This book was a lot of fun to read. Each chapter was short and punchy which kept me interested. Great twists and imagery is what set this book apart. It also helps that it’s about France and cycling during the Tour de France.”

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