Champagne: The Farewell (Hardcover)
Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464200779, 283pp.
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
NYPD detective Max Maguire flies to France to attend her friend Chloe Marceau's wedding in the Valley of the Marne in Champagne, an hour and a half east of Paris. She meets the older and urbane Olivier Chaumont, an examining magistrate, and experiences a fairy tale evening. But when Chloe's beautiful and successful aunt Lea de Saint-Pern, is found murdered after the wedding dinner, Max and Olivier are shocked back into their professional roles. But to Max's chagrin, Olivier is put in charge of the investigation. Olivier learns that several people were attempting to gain control of Lea's business at the time of her death. Quietly using the skills inherited from her detective dad, Max insinuates herself into the victim's family until their long-held secrets begin to spill out like marbles from an overturned dish....
About the Author
Janet Hubbard works as a writer and editor in Fayston, Vermont, and teaches fiction writing at the University of Vermont. This series is the result of annual trips to France over a twenty-year span to visit French friends, and a love of wine and the wine culture that led to extensive stays in some of the wine districts, including Champagne and Bordeaux.