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.