A Murder Most French

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Pub Date Apr 23 2024 | Archive Date Apr 30 2024

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The City of Light is surging back to life in the wake of war, and its citizens are seizing every opportunity to raise a glass or share a delicious meal. But as American ex-pat Tabitha Knight and chef-in-training Julia Child discover, celebrations can quickly go awry when someone has murder in mind . . .

Set in midcentury Paris and starring Julia Child’s fictional best friend, this magnifique reimagining of the iconic chef’s years at Le Cordon Bleu blends a delicious murder mystery with a unique culinary twist.

The graceful domes of Sacré Coeur, the imposing cathedral of Notre Dame, the breathtaking Tour Eiffel . . . Paris is overflowing with stunning architecture. Yet for Tabitha Knight, the humble building that houses the Cordon Bleu cooking school, where her friend Julia studies, is just as notable. Tabitha is always happy to sample Julia’s latest creation and try to recreate dishes for her Grand-père and Oncle Rafe.

The legendary school also holds open demonstrations, where the public can see its master chefs at work. It’s a treat for any aspiring cook—until one of the chefs pours himself a glass of wine from a rare vintage bottle—and promptly drops dead in front of Julia, Tabitha, and other assembled guests. It’s the first in a frightening string of poisonings that turns grimly personal when cyanide-laced wine is sent to someone very close to Tabitha. 

What kind of killer chooses such a means of murder, and why? Tabitha and Julia hope to find answers in order to save innocent lives—not to mention a few exquisite vintages—even as their investigation takes them through some of the darkest corners of France’s wartime past . . .
The City of Light is surging back to life in the wake of war, and its citizens are seizing every opportunity to raise a glass or share a delicious meal. But as American ex-pat Tabitha Knight and...

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A Murder Most French is the second of the American in Paris mysteries and is, like its predecessor, a charming and interesting mystery packed full of information and food. And wine. Lots and lots of wine.

In this volume Tabitha and her friend Julia Child are present for not one but two murders, both involving poisoned bottles of wine. What ensues is a good tale chock full of twists and turns. There's also some very interesting historical information and more about the Paris catacombs that I ever knew I wanted to know. I am now in love with the idea of this city beneath the city!

The writing is focused and fun. Tabitha is an engaging narrator and the tale moves quickly. A very enjoyable read that I finished on a rainy January night.

Oh, and Colleen Cambridge, if you ever read this: I would love a book about the adventures and relationship of Grand-Pere and Oncle Rafe! Just sayin'.....

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I loved the first book in this series, Mastering the Art of French Murder and was excited to get my hands on the latest installment. Readers will find themselves in the postwar Paris of Julia Child and her American friend Tabitha. The two women once again find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery when a Chef at Le Cordon Bleu is poisoned. Their search for the truth sends them all over Paris and leads them to explore the dark secrets of the Catacombs.
I had a hard time putting this cozy mystery down and I am looking forward to finding out what is next for Tabitha and Julia. Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC.

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