Author(s): M. L. Longworth
Chef Bear Valets has just opened his own restaurant, La Fontaine. It's an immediate success. But when he decides to extend his seating into an historic courtyard, some powerful neighbours are against him. Valets charges on, but has to temporarily close when a skeleton is unearthed in the garden, buried next to an ancient stone fountain. When Valets begins receiving threatening letters, he becomes convinced that his life is in danger. And then the fountain, for only the third time in 352 years, stops running. Can Verlaque and Bonnet solve the mystery before someone else ends up dead?
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 -[T]horoughly 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 Reviews
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.