When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple, leading him to Monsieur de Bourdeille, with whom the girl had been studying. The renowned art historian became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed--or so Claudia had suggested shortly before her death. In the end, of course, Bruno will see that justice is served--along with a generous helping of his signature Perigordian cuisine.
by Martin Walker.