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The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche


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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

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 (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.), and Bon Appetit Magazine. She is the author of a bilingual collection of essays, Une Americaine en Provence, published by La Martini re in 2004. She divides her time between Aix and Paris, where she teaches writing at NYU's Paris campus.


Praise for The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche

"Reading the latest installment in M.L. Longworth's Provencal Mystery series is my favorite way to relax. Full of gourmet meals, silky wines, and sumptuous homes, these cozy mysteries transport you to the south of France for significantly less than the cost of airfare. Perfect for the gourmands or francophiles in your life." --Slate "A fun and evocative mystery . . . best read beach-side with a glass of French wine in hand." --Bustle "Longworth's stellar seventh Provencal mystery offers elegant prose and a juicy plot . . . rich with details of daily life in Aix-en-Provence . . . Francophiles will be enthralled." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Longworth once again transports readers to the South of France, peppering the story with sensory details that bring the setting to life. Antoine and wife Marine are as delightful as ever, and the compelling mystery keeps you wanting more." --Library Journal "The strength of Longworth's tale is its depiction of the good life in Provence." --Kirkus Praise for M. L. Longworth's Provencal Mystery series

"The Verlaque and Bonnet mysteries . . . plunge you into a languid world of epicurean pleasures and good living." --Eleanor Beardsley, NPR "Beguiling . . . Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail--great wine, delicious meals, and fine company." --Publishers Weekly "Longworth's novels . . . are mysteries for foodies, with the plot providing a table upon which the enchanting meals and accompanying wines are served." --Booklist
Praise for The Curse of La Fontaine "Beguiling . . . Longworth evokes the pleasures of France in delicious detail--great wine, delicious meals, and fine company." --Publishers Weekly "Longworth confirms her long-standing lovebirds as Aix's Nick and Nora; their pursuit of miscreants never interferes with their enjoyment of the good life." --Kirkus Reviews

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