By Alexander Campion

Très stylish Parisian Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier units off on a looking vacation that proves lethal for greater than simply the pheasants. . .

Before Capucine and her husband, unusual nutrients critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a deadly looking coincidence has disappointed their idyllic vacation spot. what is intended to be a calm bon voyage to the countryside--rustic picnics, dinners en plein air, and naturally, a sip or of Calvados--quickly sours as extra "accidents" befall the site visitors. however the neighborhood gendarmerie lack the investigative finesse to attract any conclusions, not to mention suspects, forcing Capucine to puzzle out the crimes herself. And whilst the our bodies result in a celebrated livestock ranch, the stakes upward thrust past small-town grudges to the fight surrounding France's such a lot loved gastronomic traditions.

"[A] geographical region romp." --Kirkus Reviews

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"A banquet of crime with a soupçon of connoisseur delight." --RT publication Reviews, four Stars, on Crime Fraiche

"Full of fun characters. . . Readers will need a moment helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet

"An unbelievable debut that increases the bar on trendy detective novel." --Aram Saroyan on The Grave Gourmet

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Then he saw nothing. CHAPTER 1 “So she wants people to think she’s what? Dead? Raped? I don’t get it,” Brigadier David Martineau said, lazily twisting a silky auburn lock around his index finger with far more insouciance than was normal for Police Judiciaire brigadiers. Brigadier Isabelle Lemercier rose to the bait and rolled her eyeballs skyward, shaking her head, her rough cropped hair swaying angrily like wheat in a summer storm. “Look, numnuts, wake the fuck up. It’s a scam. ” “That’s the way she works it, Isabelle,” Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier said.

Three at the most. ” The next two drives were repetitions of the first. Bellanger became a whispered cause célèbre. He showed no enthusiasm, nor even any real interest for shooting, yet every time his gun went up, a bird fell out of the sky. He made no friends that morning. Alexandre’s level of boredom grew exponentially. As Capucine’s rhythm returned, she became an increasingly effective shot, totally absorbed, and relegated Alexandre to the role of a fixture propped up on his stick, a character she well knew he was not likely to play for long.

Alexandre was precariously perched on a shooting stick, one of those diabolical English devices that start out looking like canes but whose handles unfold into skimpy leather seats. A small pile of distressed shooting luggage—cartridge case, gun covers, ill-defined leather bags—staked their territorial claim. A hundred feet to their left the Vienneaus formed a similar tableau, Marie-Christine sitting primly on her shooting stick while Vienneau jangled tensely. A hundred feet to their left Henri Bellanger stared lustfully at the forest with the intensity of a pig expecting a feed of potato peels.

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