Special Feature: Bright and Deadly Things by Lexie Elliott

Murder in the French Alps? YES PLEASE! That was the first thing that caught my eye about this book. I didn’t need to read much more into the summary to know that this would be a book for my TBR list! This book is set in a remote area of the French Alps and I couldn’t think of a more tantalizing location to set a murder mystery. As we move into what I like to call the longest shortest month of the year (February), I think this is just the book that I need to read! February is always cold, dreary and depressing in the PacNW. It rains, it’s cold and we still have winter storms moving through with snow and ice. Which means we are usually curled up in front of a fireplace with a good book. For me that choice book is usually a murder mystery and this one sounds perfect!

After swooning over the summary, I realized I had read books by Lexie Elliott before! Two in fact and I really enjoyed them so naturally I found myself eager to see what this book was about. I couldn’t fit it in this month’s reading line up but I do have it for next month so I will be sure to share my thoughts with you guys once I am done. This book has been recommended to fans of Ruth Ware and I would say that’s a great author comparison. Elliott writes smart, thought out mysteries that will leave readers hungry for more.

If you love lock room mysteries this is going to be one you want on your radar for this late winter, early spring time. Like with many lock room mysteries, the setting and feel are key and having sampled Elliott’s writing style before, I can say with confidence that she will deliver on this aspect of the mystery. This one is out now and receiving positive reviews, so be sure to get this one on your TBR list and whisk yourself away to the French Alps for a bit of mystery and murder!


A remote back-to-basics mountaintop retreat in the French Alps turns deadly as an Oxford fellow finds herself in the crosshairs of her late husband’s dangerous secrets.

The Chalet des Anglais should be the ideal locale for recently-widowed Oxford don Emily to begin cutting through the fog of her grief. With no electricity, running water, or access by car, the rustic chalet nestled at the foot of the verdant, snow-topped Alps should afford Emily both time and space to heal. Joining her will be a collection of friends from the university, as well as other fellows, graduates, and undergraduates.

Something feels off, though—heightening Emily’s existing grief-induced anxiety. Before even making it to the airport, she’s unnerved by a break-in at her home. Once at the chalet, tension amongst the guests is palpable. Her friends and colleagues are behaving oddly, and competition for a newly opened position has introduced a streak of meanness into the otherwise relaxing getaway. As hostilities grow, Emily begins to wonder if the chalet’s dark history has cast a shadow over the retreat. In the salon, a curious grandfather clock looms, the only piece of furniture to survive a deadly blaze a century ago. As its discordant bell begins to invade everyone’s dreams, someone very real has been searching through Emily’s things and attempting to hack into her computer.

When a student disappears, Emily realizes that she’d better separate friend from foe, and real from imagined—or the next disappearance may be her own. (summary from Goodreads)


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