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, special nutrients critic Alexandre de Huguelet, even arrive at her oncle's 16th-century château, a deadly searching twist of fate has disenchanted 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 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 while 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] nation-state romp." --Kirkus Reviews

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Alexandre sighed audibly with relief. Within half an hour, Capucine and Alexandre were at their station on the line, which ran down the length of a hundred-foot-wide swath cut into the wood. 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.

Abandoning Alexandre to join the Vienneaus, Capucine climbed into the Estafette, hoping that Alexandre’s flirting with Marie-Christine would not overly put Vienneau off his rhythm. Above the rattling of the van the beaters gossiped excitedly in an all but impenetrable country patois, apparently oblivious to Capucine’s presence. The gist seemed to be that death was very much the subject of the day. It would appear that the House of Maulévrier was jinxed and a long string of fatalities was just beginning.

And why not? They were a million miles from anywhere. There was certainly no one to see. The situation progressed apace. And continued to progress. A young deer, a buck with small antlers culminating in two little points like serving forks, bounded across the clearing with broad leaping strides. Alexandre nuzzled Capucine’s neck. ” Capucine put her index against his lips. “Shhhh. He’s not joyous. ” The sound of hounds baying angrily rose in a crescendo, and thirty or so large black, tan, and white dogs loped across the clearing, howling a deafening caterwaul.

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