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French Pastry Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Leslie Meier

ISBN 9780758277046
Publish Date 9/30/2014
Format Hardcover
Categories General, Kensington, Cozy

"Reading a new Leslie Meier mystery is like catching up with a dear old friend." --Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author

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?

Praise for Leslie Meier and her Lucy Stone Mysteries

"I like Lucy Stone a lot, and so will readers." --Carolyn Hart

"Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth." --Chicago Sun Times

"The Lucy Stone mysteries will appeal to fans of domestic mysteries." --Booklist

"Mothers everywhere will identify with Lucy Stone and the domestic problems she encounters." --Publishers Weekly

About Leslie Meier:

Leslie Meier is the acclaimed author of sixteen Lucy Stone mysteries and has also written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. She lives in Harwich, Massachusetts, where she is currently at work on the next Lucy Stone mystery.

Average Customer Review

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Customer Review

French Pastry Murder (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)
Reviewer: jbarr5

French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Wanted to read this book in hopes it'd have tips on how I can make my husband his favorite apple turnovers-healthy style.
Have read many of the author's other works and have enjoyed the books.
Have been to Paris once and can't wait to see the characters view. Book starts out where Lucy Stone and her husband along with other couples have won a trip to Paris for 2 weeks and participate in a cooking class because of their charity work with the hat and mitten fund.
Her daughter, Elizabeth is in Paris studying under a world famous chef and is excited about the visit. The accommodations are a let down but they are in the city of lights! Glad when Bill and Lucy strike out on their own to discover new things. When the chef is found stabbed their passports are all held from leaving the country.
The place they are staying is ransacked from the police-they think the chef might have been laundering money or some other black market schemes and now they are all drawn into the investigation. Lucy gets help from the others as the clues come in and they start to make sense of it all.
Murders and more investigations and help from their reporter friend Richard. Book wasn't really what I thought it would be, because I read the prior books. Mentions a lot of locations but doesn't describe what they saw and did at the locations.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

A Must Read (Monday, October 13, 2014)
Reviewer: Ilana

Anyone will dive into this book like a scrumptious eclair, and devour it in just a day or two! Lovely reading.

“Au Revoir to Pastries and Perpetrators” (Wednesday, August 6, 2014)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

Part-time reporter and feature writer for Tinker Cove’s “The Pennysaver” newspaper, Lucy Stone has always dreamed of going to Paris. She is a bit envious when oldest daughter, Elizabeth is re-assigned by the Cavendish Hotel Chain, having to change her address from Palm Beach to Paris and Elizabeth hates it! Little did Lucy know that all of her envy would soon disappear. Norah Hemmings, host of her own Emmy-winning daytime TV show is doing a special show on “Women Who Make a Difference”—and it is scheduled to be taped in, none other than, Tinker’s Cove! Lucy and her best friends, Sue, Rachel, and Pam plan to attend—and through Sue’s daughter, Sidra, a producer for Norah’s show, they have front row seats. How exciting to see a live taping! But what the ladies are about to discover is that, through their 20 yrs.of tireless work with the “Hat and Mitten Fund”, they’re the women who have made a difference and will be honored with a reward. What a reward it is!! An all-expense paid two week trip for 8 (Husbands included) to Paris! The marvelous prize also includes a week’s worth of lessons at “Le Cooking School” from renowned pastry chef, Larry Bruneau. The women were agog, and before they could say “Eiffel Tower”, they were on a plane and on their way to Parisian adventures. Some surprises awaited them—such as the so-called luxurious apartment, including Lucy and Bill sleeping on a sofa bed in the living room. Between the language and cuisine, there was much to get used to in Paris, and the couples explored some art and historical factions prior to their culinary lessons. All were anxious to learn new skills leading up to delectable treats—that is, all but snarky Sue, who is disappointed that they must start with the basics, when, according to her, she is sooo beyond that. The first class goes smoothly and the next day’s class promises tackling the techniques of making “Pate ‘a Choux” (dough for tiny cream puff-like confections). After stuffing themselves with their class projects, they ready themselves to go out in the pouring rain and to a café lunch. Lucy forgot her umbrella and went back up to the classroom to fetch it—only to find trays of profiteroles scattered about along with the motionless, bleeding body of Chef Larry with a knife sticking out of his chest. With her recollection of High School French, Lucy calls for help. When Police Commissaire LaPointe arrives and begins questioning, who do fingers start pointing to? Lucy! Surely, Lucy had nothing to do with this horrible attack, but how does she go about clearing her name? With their passports relinquished and their vacation days tick away, Lucy dons her familiar sleuthing cap and discovers there is more to this case than meets the Americans’ eyes. Who would want to hurt Chef Larry? Could Elizabeth’s co-workers Serge, Malik and Adil be involved? I have previously read some other “Lucy Stone Mysteries” and enjoyed them--this one not as much. Lucy needs to realize that Elizabeth is an adult, and Lucy’s friend Sue needs to mellow out and not be so snarky…although (as the old saying goes..) “friends, like fish, begin to smell after three days”—and with the four couples cooped up together for two weeks, nerves are bound to fray. Cozy lovers, be sure to check out this fast and easy read.
Nancy Narma

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