Middle-aged Englishman Richard Ainsworth runs a B&B in the Loire Valley, where nothing much ever happens and if he’s honest, he rather likes it that way. That is until a guest goes missing, leaving a bloody handprint on the wallpaper, firmly putting paid to the quiet life.
Encouraged by another of his guests, the enigmatic Valérie, Richard sets about investigating the disappearance. Before he knows it, he is faced with a world of nudist colonies and the Mafia. Its author, Ian Moore, is a stand-up comedian so as you’d expect, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this delightfully twisty ‘qui-dunnit’.
And as he is also the owner of a B&B in the Loire Valley, it is full of wonderful local colour: think Peter Mayle meets Richard Osman. Moore is also the author of two memoirs on life in France, À la Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France and C’est Modnifique: Adventures of an English Grump in Rural France, highlighted on Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year Podcast.
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