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The curse of La Fontaine /

by Longworth, M. L. (Mary Lou) [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: A Verlaque and Bonnet mystery.Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.Description: pages cm.ISBN: 9781683243823 (hardcover : alk. paper); 168324382X (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Private investigators -- Fiction | Married people -- Fiction | Large type books | FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British | FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths | Paranormal fiction | Mystery fiction
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Chef 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.

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When a rising chef opens a restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, it proves to be very popular with the locals. That is, until he reveals his vision to turn the historic courtyard into an outdoor eating area. Despite the vocal protests, he proceeds with his plan, only to be derailed when a skeleton is unearthed next to the landmark fountain, the site of a 17th-century hanging and two murders committed during World War II. Everyone agrees the fountain is cursed, except for Judge Antoine Verlaque, who is all too familiar with human evil. With help from his new wife, Marine, Verlaque uncovers myriad suspects in the small community. Longworth's sixth series entry (after The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne) does a wonderful job of transporting readers to the south of France. The uniqueness of the French justice system is outlined without stopping the action with too many details. The sleuths are appealing, as are many of the supporting characters. Layers of clues require close attention, but the payoff is worth the effort. Verdict Fans of Georges Simenon and Joanne Harris will enjoy this work, which will definitely appeal to readers who like a little armchair travel with their whodunits. [See Prepub Alert, 10/17/16.]-Julie Ciccarelli, Tacoma P.L. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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