Book: A Provençal Mystery by Ann Elwoodcategories: Book, France, Murder, Female Sleuth, 17th Century, Holocaust, Nuns, Mystery
Ann Elwoodabout this book: A French nun saves a Jewish child during the Holocaust. Years later American historian Pandora (Dory) Ryan finds a rare seventeenth century nun's diary inside a book in the provincial archives at Avignon, France. She also finds a body in the bathroom. What are the links among these events? Her search for the answer to that question takes her into the countryside of Provence, which, though beautiful, turns dangerous. It also changes how she feels about being a historian, the irrational, and a sexy Frenchman.
The archive's dramatis personae: the grumpy archivist, with his paper-clip chains; the gofer, who smokes Gauloises and gets away with far too much; a nun with a sense of humor who harangues high school kids about sex; the nun's glamorous sidekick; a famous American historian, whose requests for documents are inexplicably denied; the eminent professor, destined to fall in love; his nervous graduate student. And that sexy Frenchman, who isn't who he says he is.
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