Monday, April 8, 2024

Our April/May Pick: Mastering the Art of French Murder

For the April / May 2024 edition of our book club, I selected Mastering the Art of French Murder (An American in Paris Mystery #1) by Colleen Cambridge (April 2023). I love a cozy mystery and especially foodie cozies, plus, I confess that I have a book box for this book, so I get to open some mystery gifts while I read it. 

From the Publisher:

As Postwar Paris rediscovers its joie de vivre, Tabitha Knight, who recently arrived from Detroit for an extended stay with her French grandfather, is on her own journey of discovery. Paris isn’t just the City of Light; it’s the city of history, romance, stunning architecture . . . and food. Thanks to her neighbor and friend Julia Child, another ex-pat who’s fallen head over heels for Paris, Tabitha is learning how to cook for her Grandpère and Oncle Rafe.

Between tutoring Americans in French, visiting the market, and eagerly sampling the results of Julia’s studies at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, Tabitha’s sojourn is proving thoroughly delightful. That is, until the cold December day they return to Julia’s building and learn that a body has been found in the cellar. Tabitha recognizes the victim as a woman she’d met only the night before, at a party given by Julia’s sister, Dort. The murder weapon found nearby is recognizable too—a knife from Julia’s kitchen.

Tabitha is eager to help the investigation but is shocked when Inspector Merveille reveals that a note, in Tabitha’s handwriting, was found in the dead woman’s pocket. Is this murder a case of international intrigue, or something far more personal? From the shadows of the Tour Eiffel at midnight to the tiny third-floor Child kitchen to the grungy streets of Montmartre, Tabitha navigates through the city hoping to find the real killer before she or one of her friends ends up in prison . . . or worse. 

“Part historical fiction, part mystery, Mastering the Art of French Murder is totally delectable entertainment.” –The Washington Post

“Enchanting…Cambridge captures Child’s distinct voice and energy so perfectly. Expect to leave this vacation hoping for a return trip.” –Publishers Weekly 

I hope you are ready to journey off to France with me! I look forward to seeing what we all make!

Deadline for contributing your post is Friday, May 31, 2024

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Camilla Mann said...

I am live!

Claudia said...

A delight. My post is now up:

Marg said...

Here's my post!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thank you Camilla, Claudia and Marg. I was on a trip to Maine for work and just got back and will be coming around to see you posts.

Amy said...

It's the last minute, but mine's live!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thanks, Amy! Mine will be last minute too. ;-)

Simona Carini said...

Here's my contribution:
Thank you for hosting, Deb :)

Unknown said...

Finally done!
Thanks for hosting, Deb!!!!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Hi Gang! Thank you all for your entries. I'm sorry to be so late but I hope to have the round up done later tonight. Mahalo, Deb