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A culinary crime

May 24 - May 30, 2023
Gulf Weekly A culinary crime

Author Colleen Cambridge has whipped up a delicious murder mystery set in Paris and featuring beloved chef Julia Child’s (fictional) best friend Tabitha Knight.

This ‘magnifique’ new historical mystery series from Colleen, the acclaimed author of Murder at Mallowan Hall, has been dubbed ‘enchanting’ by Publishers Weekly as it provides ‘a fresh perspective on the iconic chef’s years in post-Second World War Paris with a unique culinary twist’.

“Cambridge captures Child’s distinct voice and energy so perfectly,” stated Publishers Weekly. “Expect to leave this vacation hoping for a return trip,”

In Book One of the series Mastering the Art of French Murder: A Charming New Parisian Historical Mystery, Tabitha, a neighbour and friend of Julia’s, has fallen head over heels for the city of lights and is learning how to cook for her Grandpère and Oncle Rafe.

In the meantime, Tabitha tutors Americans in French, visits the market and eagerly samples the results of Julia’s studies at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. All seems well until a cold December day when the duo return to Julia’s building and learn that a body has been found in the cellar.

Tabitha recognises the victim as a woman she’d met only the night before at a party given by Julia’s sister Dort. The murder weapon found nearby is a knife from Julia’s kitchen.

Tabitha is eager to help with the investigation, but then shockingly learns from Inspector Merveille that a note in her handwriting was found in the dead woman’s pocket. She is in dire need to whisk up the truth before it’s too late.

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