Lucy Stone is saying “Au revoir!” to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and “Bonjour!” to Paris to take in the sights, learn how to bake authentic French pastries, and experience some joie de vivre. But her dreams of la vie en rose are put on hold when the City of Lights turns deadly. . .
Tinker’s Cove is abuzz with excitement when Norah, the queen of daytime TV, comes to town and selects Lucy and her pals to be featured in her “Women Who Make a Difference” episode. In recognition for their charitable work, the ladies and their husbands are awarded a dream vacation in Paris, complete with classes at Le Cooking School with renowned pastry chef Larry Bruneau. But their bon voyage is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class. . .
Lucy always dreamed of visiting Paris, but with Chef Larry on death’s doorstep and Lucy and her friends detained for questioning, she’s worried she’ll be trading in her luxury accommodations for a sojourn in the bastille. If she’s going to enjoy her vacation, she’ll have to unpack her sleuthing skills and clear her name.
Lucy’s search for the truth takes her from the towers of Notre Dame to the gardens of Versailles and a dozen charming bistros in between. But will she be able to track down a killer more elusive than the perfect macaron?
My Comments: The Lucy Stone books are some of my very favorite cozy mysteries. This book took us out of the now familiar Tinker Cove Maine and into Paris, France – totally engaging! Elizabeth, the Stone’s eldest daughter was the star child and we heard very little about the two girls at home and Toby and his family, so that in itself was kind of different and refreshing. The mystery truly kept me guessing until the end (I like that!) Lucy Stone is such a down-to-earth all American mom and wife, so it is easy to relate to her. She loves her family – they always come first. Her husband is very typical and likable!
Although not “Christian” fiction, I don’t think there is anything offensive in these books to Christians. They are clean and family friendly. I have read all 21 books now and will continue to read them. They are very entertaining and engaging.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.