Mastering the Art of French Murder
An American in Paris Mystery
On Sale: April 25, 2023
Hardcover / e-Book
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Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Historical | Thriller Crime
From the acclaimed author of the Phyllida Bright mysteries comes a magnifique new historical mystery series with a unique culinary twist, set in glamorous post-WWII Paris and featuring the fictional best friend of up-and-coming beloved chef Julia Child. A treat for fans of Anna Lee Huber, Jacqueline Winspear, Alyssa Maxwell, fine food, Paris, and Julia Child.
As Paris rediscovers its joie de vivre, Tabitha Knight, recently arrived from Detroit for an extended stay with her French grandfather, is on her own journey of discovery. Paris isn’t just the City of Light; it’s the city of history, romance, stunning architecture . . . and food. Thanks to her neighbor and friend Julia Child, another ex-pat who’s fallen head over heels for Paris, Tabitha is learning how to cook for her Grandpère and Oncle Rafe.
Between tutoring Americans in French, visiting the market, and eagerly sampling the results of Julia’s studies at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, Tabitha’s sojourn is proving thoroughly delightful. That is, until the cold December day they return to Julia’s building and learn that a body has been found in the cellar. Tabitha recognizes the victim as a woman she’d met only the night before, at a party given by Julia’s sister, Dort. The murder weapon found nearby
is recognizable too—a knife from Julia’s kitchen.
Tabitha is eager to help the investigation, but is shocked when Inspector Merveille reveals that a note, in Tabitha’s handwriting, was found in the dead woman’s pocket. Is this murder a case of international intrigue, or something far more personal? From the shadows of the Tour Eiffel at midnight, to the tiny third-floor Child kitchen, to the grungy streets of Montmartre, Tabitha navigates through the city hoping to find the real killer before she or one of her friends ends up in prison . . . or worse.
Colleen Cambridge is a pseudonym for a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and counting. She is also the author of the Phyllida Bright mysteries, Murder at Mallowan Hall and A Trace of Poison. Colleen lives in the Midwest and is hard at work on her next novel.
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