The Riviera Affair #BookReview #IndieAuthor #YellowCottageSeries

Written by J. New




The glamour of the French Riviera quickly turns sour as Ella is caught up in an investigation which will have repercussions on both sides of the channel. But has she finally met her match?

When her mother telephones from France with news of her imminent arrest, Ella along with her aunt and an eccentric friend rush to her aid. But what starts as a simple disappearance quickly turns to murder and Ella finds herself embroiled in a mystery which is far more complex than she’d anticipated.

In a foreign land where she doesn’t speak the language, has no jurisdiction and doesn’t know who to trust, Ella has to call upon all her usual skills and devise new ones in order to flush out the adversary in their midst.

But will she be in time to save the life of the man she came to find?

‘The Riviera Affair’ is set in 1930’s England, and is the fourth of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series.


Reading order:

The Yellow Cottage Mystery – FREE short story prequel (on website
An Accidental Murder – Book 1
The Curse of Arundel Hall – Book 2
A Clerical Error – Book 3
The Riviera Affair – Book 4




25. TRA




Rather Exciting with Plenty of Humour!  5 stars


The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries series is one I’ve followed from the beginning, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover this latest one on Kindle Unlimited!

This time round, Ella has to leave the island of Linhay following a plea for help from her mother at home in her villa in France. Afraid she is about to be arrested, Ella enlists the help of her aunt and they both set off on a thrilling journey to see what they can do to help. We also re-acquaint ourselves with a dazzling character from a previous novel, and together they manage to get themselves in quite a pickle. The question is, can they get back out of it unscathed?

I do love a period mystery, and this one is right up there with the best of them. The 1930’s really was a different era, and the way of life then fascinates me. There are plenty of details to enjoy and savour between the covers of this series – and what fabulous covers they are! Ella is a superbly created character with her own unique way of getting to the bottom of a mystery. The new setting is beautifully described; made me feel as if I was there myself! The story, as always, is well plotted and rather exciting with plenty of humour in among the scary moments. I really hope this series continues with many more books, it is an absolute delight and definitely one I would recommend without hesitation.

I purchased my copy from Amazon. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: period mystery


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3633 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publication Date: 13 August 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




Meet the Author


51Loup1OlML._UX250_J. New is the British author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Set on the fictitious island of Linhay in the south of England during the 1930’s, they are an homage to the Golden Age mysteries but with a contemporary twist.

‘Miss Marple’ meets ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ in this 1930’s British Mystery series.

Join the Author’s Readers Group and receive a FREE Short Story: ‘The Yellow Cottage Mystery’ (the prequel to The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries). Available on her website ~






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