Hornsby’s winning 12th Maggie MacGowen mystery… is indeed filled with rue, along with love, hate, and loss. A solid plot, plenty of intrigue, and the always entertaining Maggie will please Hornsby fans and newcomers alike.” Publishers Weekly
When a fifteen-year-old girl named Ophelia vanishes, and a body is found in a pond, a French village wants to blame outsiders like Muslim refugees or newcomer Maggie MacGowen.
As Leo Tolstoy famously declared, ”Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Documentary filmmaker Maggie MacGowen learns the truth of this adage when she moves to France to take up a new position with French television and to marry Jean-Paul Bernard. The placid Paris suburb in which he lives is, below the surface, roiling with discontent, racism, and family dysfunction. (One of the inhabitants observes that the most “Christian” man in the village is actually a Muslim.) The disappearance of two teenagers brings the discord to a head, and involves the school and the whole town in the mystery. Part of Maggie’s job is to hold up a mirror to French society. As a newcomer she can reveal what her new neighbors are blind to. But are they willing to look into that mirror, especially one held by an outsider?
Edgar Award winner Wendy Hornsby is the author of thirteen previous mysteries, eleven of them featuring investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen. Her books have also won French literary prizes. A retired professor of history, she lives in Northern California.
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