The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (Provençal Mystery #7)

The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (Provençal Mystery #7)

by M. L. Longworth
The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (Provençal Mystery #7)

The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (Provençal Mystery #7)

by M. L. Longworth


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“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

Provençal Mystery Series #7
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One hot summer night, Aix-en-Provence is aflutter with news that controversial author Valère 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 Valère’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 Valère’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 Valère imagining the ethereal cries that fill the bastide at night? Is he losing his mind? Or have these ghosts returned from Valère’s checkered past to haunt him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143131427
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Provençal Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 98,482
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.60(d)

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 (London), the Independent (London), and Bon Appétit. She is the author of a bilingual collection of essays, Une Américaine en Provence. She is married and has one daughter.

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