The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (Provencal Mystery #7) (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143131427, 336pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
"Beguiling . . . Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail--great wine, delicious meals, and fine company." --Publishers Weekly When a scandalous author moves to the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence, Verlaque and Bonnet are called in to investigate whether he's haunted by more than just his past, in this delightful new mystery from M. L. Longworth One hot summer night, Aix-en-Provence is aflutter with news that controversial author Val re Barbier, who once shared dinners with French presidents and all-night drinking bouts with rock stars, has moved into La Bastide Blanche, a grand house left empty for decades. But Val re's ideas of a peaceful retirement are quickly dashed. Rambunctious neighborhood children, a fast-talking gossip of a housekeeper, and a rival novelist filter through the home at all hours of the day--and by night there are unseen visitors with more sinister intentions. While Antoine Verlaque investigates Val re's sordid history, his wife and partner, Marine Bonnet, questions why the estate was abandoned in the first place--and what they both find raises more questions than answers. Is Val re imagining the ethereal cries that fill the bastide at night? Is he losing his mind? Or have these ghosts returned from Val re's checkered past to haunt him?
About the Author
M. L. Longworth has lived in Aix-en-Provence since 1997. She has written about the region for The Washington Post, The Times (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.), and Bon Appétit Magazine. She is the author of a bilingual collection of essays, Une Américaine en Provence, published by La Martinière in 2004. She divides her time between Aix and Paris, where she teaches writing at NYU's Paris campus.