The next bookin the Verlaque & Bonnet Provencal Mystery series, The Curse of La Fontaine , will be available from Penguin in April 2017
When local noblemanEtienne de Bremont falls to his death from the familychateau, it sets the historic town of Aix-en-Provence abuzz with rumors. Read more...
The next bookin the Verlaque & Bonnet Provencal Mystery series, The Curse of La Fontaine, will be available from Penguin in April 2017
When local noblemanEtienne de Bremont falls to his death from the familychateau, it sets the historic town of Aix-en-Provence abuzz with rumors. Antoine Verlaque, the charming chief magistrate of Aix, suspects foul play, and when he discovers that Bremont had been a close friend of Marine Bonnet, his on-again off-again girlfriend, Verlaque must turn to her for help.
The once idyllic town suddenly seems filled with people who scould have benefited from Bremont's death including his playboy brother Francois, who's heavily in debt and mixed up with some unsavory characters. But just as Verlaque and Bonnet are narrowing down their list of suspects, another death occurs. And this time, there can be no doubt it's murder.
A lively mystery steeped in the enticing atmosphere of the south of France and seasoned with romance as rich as the French cuisine that inspires it, this first installment in the acclaimedVerlaque & Bonnet Provencal Mystery series is as addictive and captivating as Provence itself.
Longworth s voice is like a rich vintage of sparkling Dorothy Sayers and grounded Donna Leon. ... Bon appetit Booklist"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-06-06
- Reviewer: Staff
When filmmaker Étienne de Bremont takes a fatal fall out of a window of his Aix-en-Province chateau at the start of Longworth's disappointing debut, his lawyer cousins, Charles and Eric Brey, ask for an inquest, despite the conviction of Étienne's widow, Isabelle, that it was an accident. Antoine Verlaque, the examining magistrate, enlists his former lover, law professor Marine Bonnet, in the investigation, as Marine was a childhood friend of Étienne and his younger brother, the gambler and polo player François, and is acquainted with the family, staff, and their circle. Soon François turns up dead, a cache of documents goes missing, and shady dealings involving the brothers come to light. Despite the appeal of the intelligent Marine and her refreshingly opinionated friend, Sylvie, the arrogant Verlaque, contrived plot elements clumsily introduced, contradictory descriptions, and a talky conclusion that fails to use the process of detection will irritate the seasoned mystery reader. (July)