The Secrets Of The Bastide Blanche
ISBN: 0143131427
EAN13: 9780143131427
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 3, 2018
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.8" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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

Proven al Mystery Series #7

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

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   An interesting twist
The main characters in Longworth's books have a lot of affection for each other. It's like listening to a good story from an old friend. The twist this time is with the narrator, a main character in a crime. Initially, the author had trouble using the device, but by the midway point, he had more control over it, and the story smoothed out nicely. I wish I had spent time in France when I was young enough to consider making a life there.
   Wonderful Series
This book reintroduced me to the delightful Aix- en- Provence series that I had forgotten about. I love it. There's a mystery about every other page about food and wine.
   A fascinating departure in form
The core characters of the mysteries set in Aix have appealed to me. It was written in third person. The book is told in two different ways, in the first and third person. There is a discussion about what writers talk about. The characters were engaging as always. The plot is more gripping because plot points are revealed by the character speaking in the first person and by the usual third person method. This book is excellent.
   Like a little weeklong visit to Provence!
These little stories are wonderful. All of the things we love about Provence are neatly described for us in a way that does not distract us from the good stories. The characters are growing and the culture of the upper middle class of the area is well- treated.
   Great story to end Verlaque and Bonnet’s story
The best of the series was this one. Verlaque and Bonnet are retiring. Verlaque would be a type of father that I would like to have seen. I didn't see her in this book, but she was on her own adventure. It was a great series. Too bad it is over.
   An Excellent Mystery With A Strong Sense Of Place - The Provencal Region Of France
From the beginning my attention was held. The story got off to a slow start, but it gathered speed and I couldn't wait to read it all. The author gave a description of the city and countryside, food, eating and drinking customs as well as the general way of life that made me feel like I was in France. A good read.
   Very enjoyable read
Love ghost stories. I enjoy hearing about the next chapter in the lives of Marine and Verlaque, as well as the mystery of several themes that take place in this one. This one was presented as a story within a story, with two periods within one year. I would have liked more history about what Maine's mother found even if it were not true.
   Fun read
I liked this book as much as all of Ms Longworth's books. She did a great job of unfolding the mystery in a way that was entertaining. Looking forward to her next book.