Amy Page, a middle-aged American widow and food columnist from Charleston, South Carolina, is in Paris to write a cookbook. Her lengthy stay in the City of Lights suddenly takes an unexpected turn when a cab driver is murdered in front of her building on the Ile St-Louis.
Jean-Michel Jolivet, Inspector for the French Sûreté and Director of the International Bureau of Security, insists that Amy is essential to solving his ever-widening investigation that now involves several murders and an international plot. While interrogating Amy, Jolivet becomes increasingly annoyed with her incessant ramblings about cookbooks, cuisine, the Ile St-Louis, Paris, French history, culture, and architecture--distracting him from the investigation and from finding the killer.
Much to Jolivet's surprise, he determines that Amy is much more complex than she seems and may possess an acute power of observation that is strong enough to assist him in his difficult homicide cases. Intrigue and desire may lead Amy and Jolivet to discover more than they bargained for in a passionate journey toward intimacy and joy on the enchanting Ile St-Louis.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Witness on the Quay is a genuine page-turner. I read the first 60 pages in one sitting. The author, Gini Anding, pulls the reader along with such power, yet with a light and graceful touch. Anding nails Paris (and the French) in a way that few American writers are able to do. (I can think of only one other: Diane Johnson.) Readers are introduced to the cuisine and mores of Parisians (and aristocratic provincials) by means that are never forced, are always natural, that come straight out of the story and the characters. The pace is swift, but somehow leisurely, and the police procedural dimension of the tale is deftly handled. Most important, we see that love and passion can bloom in the lives of people over fifty, no doubt shocking news to the twenty-something set. What a delightful confection! We really care about the principals, Amy and Jean-Michel, and look forward to meeting them again in the sequels to Witness on the Quay.
Though it took me a bit of time to stumble over some of the French names in the story, I was immediately drawn into Jolivet's world. Curious until the end, I was happy to find a book that balanced mystery and romance well.