The Curse Of La Fontaine
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The Curse Of La Fontaine : A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery

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In the latest captivating installment of M. L. Longworth's acclaimed Verlaque & Bonnet Mystery series, the newlywed investigators contend with their most sinister challenge yet: a centuries-old curse Chef Sigisbert "Bear" Valets has just opened his own restaurant, La Fontaine, in Aix-en-Provence. It's an immediate success--glowing reviews and a loyal clientele, including our favorite investigative duo, Verlaque and Bonnet. But when he decides to extend his restaurant's seating into a historic courtyard, some very powerful neighbors are against him. The local historical society wants the courtyard, which witnessed a seventeenth-century hanging and two World War II-era murders, to remain untouched. Valets charges on, even after a skeleton is found buried next to the courtyard's ancient fountain. But when Valets begins receiving threatening letters, he becomes convinced that his life is in danger. And then the fountain inexplicably stops running. By disturbing the garden, has Bear triggered an age-old curse? And can newlyweds Verlaque and Bonnet solve the mystery before someone else ends up dead? Set against the blossoming backdrop of the south of France, M. L. Longworth's latest is sure to thrill fans of Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri. "Beguiling . . . Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail--great wine, delicious meals, and fine company." --Publishers Weeklyshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0143110942
  • 9780143110941
  • 129,274

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Praise for The Curse of La Fontaine "Beguiling . . . Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail--great wine, delicious meals, and fine company." --Publishers Weekly "Longworth confirms her long-standing lovebirds as Aix's Nick and Nora; their pursuit of miscreants never interferes with their enjoyment of the good life." --Kirkus Reviews Praise for The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne "Art theft is a hot topic on the mystery scene, and no one's heist is livelier than Longworth's." --Kirkus Reviews "A sure thing for fans of art-themed mysteries." --Booklist "Enchanting . . . the charming local citizens of Aix-en-Provence provide the true delights in this colorful story." --Library Journal Praise for Murder on the Ile Sordou "Charming." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "Thoroughly delightful . . . Longworth deftly handles what is in effect a locked-room mystery, but the book's real strength lies in the backstories she creates for each of the distinctive characters. The puzzle's answer, buried in the past, is well prepared by what has come before." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Longworth once again immerses readers in French culture with this whodunit, which will delight Francophiles and fans of Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri. The setting will also appeal to readers who enjoy trapped-on-the-island mysteries in the tradition of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None." --Library Journal "Longworth's novels, set in the south of Franc, e are mysteries for foodies, with the plot providing a table upon which the enchanting meals and accompanying wines are served." --Booklist "[A] charming read with a well-crafted mystery and characters as rich and full bodied as a Bordeaux." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "A splendid read." --Mystery Scene "Longworth's maritime version of a country-house cozy offers genuine pleasures." --Kirkus Reviewsshow more

About M. L. Longworth

M. L. Longworth has lived in Aix-en-Provence since 1997. She has written about the region for the Washington Post, the Times (London), the Independent (London), and Bon Appetit. She is the author of a bilingual collection of essays, Une Americaine en Provence. She divides her time between Aix and Paris, where she teaches writing at NYU's Paris campus.show more

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