Traveling to France, Maggie is thrown into this parallel universe, trying to remember "the ghosts of comfort, fear, or love” from her earliest years. She must question everything she's ever known about herself and her life-and deal with a large cast of previously unknown blood relatives, some of whom may not have affectionate feelings for the little girl who vanished so long ago. Especially when large sums of euros are involved....
|Publisher:||Daniel, John & Company, Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.74(d)|
About the Author
She likens the study and teaching of history, her "day job,” to the writing of mysteries. She says, "History, mystery, same process; snooping around among the remains of dead people, finding questions, looking for answers.”
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Maggie is still mourning the death of her husband, Mike Flint, and has been throwing herself into her work to keep from brooding. Not thrilled about her first Thanksgiving without him, she stops at the market late on Thanksgiving eve to pick up supplies for the dish she'll be taking to dinner at her mother's the next day. On her way into the store, she is stopped by a strange woman who claims that Maggie is her daughter, Marguerite.Knowing this to be untrue, Maggie catches the attention of the store's security guards, and the woman is escorted out. The next morning, a news report of a hit-and-run in the area makes Maggie think it might be that woman, and it is.She gives all the information she has to the police, and heads to Berkeley to spend the holiday with her family. But later that day, she discovers that the woman, Isabelle, was indeed, her mother.Suddenly, everything Maggie has known about herself is false, and she decides to deliver Isabelle's ashes to France herself so she can meet her biological family. But when she gets there, she discovers a web of deceit and machinations which indicate that Isabelle's death may not have been an accident.Along with Maggie's history, we learn something of the history of France and its arcane inheritance laws. Hornsby's prose is exquisite, and the joy of reading the book came to an end much too quickly. More Maggie McGowen, please!
Wendy Hornsby follows last year's wonderful book, In the Guise of Mercy, with The Paramour's Daughter, a beguiling new Maggie MacGowen mystery. A hit-and-run accident leads to the revelation of an old family secret that sends Maggie from her home in Malibu Canyon to a farm in Normandy, France, hoping to find a long buried truth. As always in a Hornsby book, the characters are real, the setting is rich, and the story is full of suspense. Add excellent French cheese and wine to the mix and what you get is a delicious new book.
Independent film producer Maggie MacGowan is in the parking lot about to go shopping when she is accosted by a strange well dressed woman who insists she knows her. Nervous, Maggie asks store security to get the stranger to leave her alone. That same night the woman is run over twice by the same car. Maggie identifies the body as the person who disturbed her earlier in the day. Her mother informs Maggie the deceased is Isabelle Martin. Her mom also tells Maggie the woman was her biological mother who her father had an affair with and eventually gained custody of the baby as Isabelle abandoned her. Maggie wants to meet her extended biological family residing in France. However, she is ignorant that at least one of them will do anything to keep the inheritance from shifting to the American. Someone does not want that to happen and attempts to kill Maggie as that individual used hit men to murder Isabelle The Paramour's Daughter plays out on two interwoven threads: that of a whodunit and a woman seeking her biological roots in France where she is unwelcome as the "Ugly American" trying to steal "their" fortune. Maggie may mourn the loss of someone she never knew, but also is interested in a French diplomat, which adds sizzle to the Family Plot of homicide attempts. Wendy Hornsby provides a terrific tale starring a likable person. Harriet Klausner