ONLINE CLASS: Mysteries of France (2196)

Four Fridays: September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET 

$120 (10% off for members)

In this class we will discuss four novels that reveal the mysteries, complexities, and pleasures of life in France while simultaneously entertaining us through “whodunit” tales. Our discussion of these works will focus on the sense of place, local character, color and customs, and what they reveal about French life, as opposed to plot, or genre conventions.

We’ll start with Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black. In this book private investigator Aimée LeDuc becomes involved in helping a Rom boy, who insists that his dying mother has important information to share with Aimée about the unsolved murder of her father 10 years earlier—then the boy’s mother disappears.

In The Bookseller by Mark Pryor, we will be introduced to Hugo Marston, a former FBI agent from Texas who is now head of security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, as he seeks to solve the mystery of the murder of an acquaintance, a seller of rare books along the Seine.

Moving to the South of France, we’ll meet the lead character in Bruno, Chief of Police. Martin Walker has created a wonderfully sympathetic character in Bruno, the lone detective in a small and usually sleepy village in the Dordogne. Bruno is also a very attractive eligible bachelor with a love of and skill for la cuisine francaise, and an astute understanding of people.

Finally, we will discuss the first novel in M. L. Longworth’s series, Death at the Château Bremont, in which we will meet Antoine Verlaque, the handsome chief magistrate of Aix en Provence, and his sometime love interest, Professor Marine Bonnet, as they unravel the mystery behind the death of a local nobleman who has fallen from his chateau.

All four of these wonderful books belong to a whole series of novels: so, the good news is, if you enjoy them (and how could you not?) you will have a rich future reading list to continue to enjoy. Four Fridays: September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET 

Reading Schedule:

September 17:   Murder on the Champ de Mars 

September 24:  The Bookseller

October 1:   Bruno, Chief of Police 

October 8:  Death at the Chateau Bremont 



Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black (9781616956240)

The Bookseller by Mark Pryor (9781616147082)

Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker (9780307454690)

Death at the Chateau Bremont by M. L. Longworth (9780143119524)


Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher who lives in Essoyes, a beautiful village in southern Champagne, on the border of Burgundy. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and France Revisited, as well as for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and is currently working on her memoir, A Long Way from Iowa. She has taught Paris: A Literary Adventure for the City University of New York since 1997, and literature and culture classes at Politics & Prose since 2011. Janet's 'insider' perspective, developed over more than 40 years of living, working, traveling, and teaching in France, as well as her perspective as a writer/editor, will lend depth and interest to our discussions.

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Murder on the Champ de Mars (An Aimée Leduc Investigation #15) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616956240
Availability: Backordered
Published: Soho Crime - March 8th, 2016

The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616147082
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Seventh Street Books - October 9th, 2012

Bruno, Chief of Police: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307454690
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - April 6th, 2010

Death at the Chateau Bremont (A Provençal Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119524
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - June 28th, 2011