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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