Mastering the Art of French Murder

Kensington. (An American in Paris, Bk. 1). Apr. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781496739599. $26. M
Thanks to Tabitha Knight’s grand-père and uncle, she has a free place to stay in the best city in the world, Paris. Even better, her best friend, Julia Child, lives across the street. Thank heavens, because Julia is teaching her how to cook the most basic of dishes, much to the relief of her messieurs. After a beautiful morning spent gossiping and shopping at the market, Julia and Tabitha walk into Julia’s apartment building and hear Mathilde, one of the other tenants, scream. Quick to investigate, Tabitha is determined to discover who has killed Therese Lognon, before Inspector Etienne Merveille, pins the murder on her best friend. It doesn’t help that the weapon was one of Julia’s prized knives or that Tabitha rode in the elevator to the lobby with Therese at 2 a.m. Even worse, the party was in Julia’s apartment, so one of the attendees must be the murderer. Much to the inspector’s consternation, Tabitha gathers clues until another murder occurs.
VERDICT Agatha Christie meets cozy mystery in this fun tale from Cambridge (“Phyllida Bright” mysteries). Historical fiction readers and fans of cozy suspense will want to add this mystery to their to-be-read pile.
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