Picks and Pans Review: Getting Away from It All

updated 07/13/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/13/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT ST. TROPEZ
by Elizabeth Adler |

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REVIEWED BY CLARISSA CRUZ

NOVEL
The murder-mystery plot in Adler's 23rd confection is secondary to the descriptions of scrumptious food consumed, lush scenery observed and designer clothing worn by the moneyed set gallivanting through high-season St. Tropez. TV star and private investigator Mac Reilly and his gorgeous girlfriend Sunny Alvarez's plans for a romantic vacation go awry when the villa they reserved turns out to have been rented to several other travelers. The unlikely group—which includes a wealthy Texan and his awkward daughter, a workaholic Manhattan trader and a sexy blonde on the run from her shady husband—band together, and they're soon pulled into a complicated mystery that involves ... well, it doesn't really matter, does it? It all goes down as easily—and deliciously—as an ice-cold bottle of French rosé.

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