The Vanishing Museum on the Rue Mistral: A Provençal Mystery
Penguin, 2021 (2021)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Vanishing Museum on the Rue Mistral
is another delightful entry in M. L. Longworth's
mystery series starring examining magistrate Antoine Verlaque and his wife, Marine Bonnet, and set in Aix-en-Provence, France.
his time, the mystery centers on the low key Musée de Quentin-Savary. One April morning, its director, Monsieur Achille Formentin, finds the museum emptied of all its contents (porcelain dessert plates, old documents, small paintings) aside from a bench and reception desk. How were so many fragile items moved with no-one the wiser?
ome very valuable porcelain was also stolen in an earlier apartment robbery, soon after the death of the owner, Madame de Montbarbon. Are the thefts related? Verlaque finds it hard to focus on the investigation as his mind is very much on the baby that Marine is expecting soon. Then the robbery is followed by a murder.
iding in solving the mystery is observant France Dubois, whom readers met in
A Noël Killing
and who now works for Verlaque. Though he does solve this rather convoluted mystery, the series' appeal for me lies more in its characters, setting, and comestibles.
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