Death at the Chateau Bremont
A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery
ISBN 9780143119524 | 320 pages | 28 Jun 2011 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Introducing a seductive new mystery series set in Provence-featuring chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque."Mystery and romance served up with a hearty dose of French cuisine. I relished every word. Longworth does for Aix-en-Provence what Frances Mayes does for Tuscany: You want to be there-NOW!"
Set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence, France, Death at the Château Bremont introduces readers to Antoine Verlaque, the handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his on-again, off- again love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet. When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family château, the town is abuzz with rumors. Verlaque suspects foul play and must turn to Marine for help when he discovers that she had been a close friend of the Bremonts. This is a lively whodunit steeped in the rich, enticing, and romantic atmosphere of southern France.
-Barbara Fairchild, former editor-in-chief, Bon Appetit magazine
"...A promising debut for Longworth, who shows there's more to France than Paris and more to mystery than Maigret."
"Death at Chateau Bremont is replete with romance, mystery, and a rich atmosphere that makes the south of France spring off the page in a manner reminiscent of Donna Leon's Venice. A wonderful start to a series sure to gain a legion of fans."
-Tasha Alexander, author of the Lady Emily Mysteries
"This first novel in a projected series has charm, wit, and Aix-en- Provence all going for it. Longworth's voice is like a rich vintage of sparkling Dorothy Sayers and grounded Donna Leon. The mix of aristocratic mystery and guide to Provencal wines, foods, habits, and Aix itself is a delight, and the old- fashioned plot line, with actual clues planted for the reader, offers a refreshing return to Golden Age values. A nobleman, with a house in Aix and a crumbling chateau just outside the city, falls to his death from a window. Enter the duo of Antoine Verlaque, the sexy magistrate of Aix, who, according to French law, must respond to and advise police on all suspicious deaths, and his ex-lover, law professor Marine Bonnet. Verlaque seeks Bonnet's advice since she was close to the victim and the Bremont family. The action proceeds against a classic format of interrogating suspects, including Bremont's playboy brother who has ties to the Russian Mob on the Cote d' Azur. The sexual tension and maneuvering that accompany the interviews are, at times, hilarious. Longworth has lived in Aix since 1997, and her knowledge of the region is apparent on every page. Bon appétit."
-Connie Fletcher, Booklist (Starred)
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