Posted by: Karen | October 28, 2014

FRENCH PASTRY MURDER by Leslie Meier

A Lucy Stone Mystery.French-Pastry-Murder

Available now from Dreamscape Audio.

From the Publisher:

“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… If she’s going to enjoy her vacation, she’ll have to unpack her sleuthing skills and clear her name. But will she be able to track down a killer more elusive than the perfect macaron?”

My recording experience:

This could have been a narrator’s nightmare: say yes to recording a title, a beloved series where you know all the characters, but when you go to read the book – WHAT?!  The action has moved from Maine to PARIS?!!  That is what happened to me on this one, but luckily I studied French in college, and perhaps even better (since college was a really long time ago), there was a proofer on staff at Tantor Audio (who produced this audio for Dreamscape) with an excellent grasp of the language and its pronunciations.  Thus, she was able to catch me when I fell into the morass of having only a remedial knowledge of a second language.

I’m a little jealous, because I think Leslie Meier had more fun researching this book than I had recording it (I’d leave the recording booth craving cafe au lait and piping hot croissants, or a big glass of red wine) but I did enjoy my imaginary trip to Paris all the same.  It’s always fun to go on Lucy Stone’s adventures as she inadvertently finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, but I always enjoy Meier’s explorations of moral dilemmas through Lucy’s compassionate eye as much as the sleuthing.  Who knew ruminations on the effect the Arab Spring revolutions are having on Europe as well as the pros and cons of socialism vs. capitalism would be a part of a cozy mystery?

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Maria and Lisa are the randomly selected winners and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get their addresses.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.

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Responses

  1. […] for several of the voices here, and especially had a blast with the Countess of Wickham! As in French Pastry Murder, poor Lucy can’t seem to take a vacation without playing sleuth, but I guess that is the […]

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  3. I would love to visit Italy or Greece

  4. Ooh, I’d love to win this book! I’ve had my eye on it as a great listen. I’d go to Antelope Canyon and climb down into the slot canyon to see the sunlight play off the sandstone walls. Here’s a picture in case you’re curious: http://www.backcountrygallery.com/photos/antelope-canyon-sandstone-sentinel/

    • Whoa – that looks like a sci-fi movie!

  5. I would love to revisit Hong Kong.

  6. Wow! That would be a tough decision! So many places,so little time! I think I would pick Australia and New Zealand with a stop off in Fiji along the way!

  7. India for me.

  8. I’m torn between Paris and London…..would love to visit either city!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I would like to go to Scotland

    • Lisa,
      You are one of the two winners! I just emailed you to get your address…

    • You are also a winner, Lisa! I just sent an email to get your mailing address. Let me know if you don’t get it.


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