A taste of the good life, good life meaning champagne of course! Come
join Janet Hubbard for an evening of mystery, murder and intrigue set in the most
beautiful place on earth...Champagne, France. To compliment your
evening with Author Janet Hubbard, we are offering in our cafe a
cheese plate of local cheeses to pair with a French champagne, an
Italian prosecco and Gruet, a domestic sparkler from New Mexico.
Janet Hubbard works as a writer and editor in Fayston, Vermont, and
teaches fiction writing at the University of Vermont. This series is the
result of annual trips to France over a twenty-year span to visit
French friends, and a love of wine and the wine culture that led to
extensive stays in some of the wine districts, including Champagne and
Bordeaux. Her new mystery novel, Champagne, is the first of a mystery series set in the vineyards of France.
About the book:
Who can resist a mystery in which the investigators and the suspect
keep up their energy by sipping fine champagne and sampling delicious
food from the legendary regions of France?
For her first novel, wine enthusiast Janet Hubbard selects the
beautiful Valley of the Marne in Champagne. Dynasties such as the
Saint-Pern Family rule the vineyards and the caves. Saint-Pern is headed
by the widowed Lea. She just turned forty, has taken an American lover,
and is now considering sellig her profitable, successful firm.
Lea's niece Chloe is getting married and so invites her college
friend Max (short for Maxine) Maguire (who has grown up to be a not
wholly committed detective in the NYPD) to attend.
She arrives, meet the Saint-Perns, their circle, and Olivier
Chaumont, an examining magistrate who's finding the wedding
stressful--his ex-wife and her new lover will attend. He and Max are
wildly attracted but the news that Lea has been murdered in the early
hours after the wedding dinner switchs their attention from sex to
sleuthing. As magistrate, Olivier doesn't play well with others, while
Max is highly motivated to protect Chloe, and extends her visit.
What we have is a kind of English country house murder set in
champagne country with a cast of French, German, and American players.