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Murder in Lascaux

by Betsy Draine

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A murder mystery set in the Dordogne Valley in France. A loving depiction of the region and surprisingly vivid in its depiction of German occupation. Those are the strengths of the book, and they did a nice job of describing the caves in which prehistoric art is found and appreciating that art. (I have been lucky to tour caves such as Font de Gaum and loved them.) They also manage to feature the cuisine of Perigord prominently.

The mystery itself is not particularly well plotted nor is are the characters well evoked. The book works much better as an appreciation of the region than it does as a mystery. ( )
  leduck | Oct 19, 2013 |
A murder mystery set in the Dordogne Valley in France. A loving depiction of the region and surprisingly vivid in its depiction of German occupation. Those are the strengths of the book, and they did a nice job of describing the caves in which prehistoric art is found and appreciating that art. (I have been lucky to tour caves such as Font de Gaum and loved them.) They also manage to feature the cuisine of Perigord prominently.

The mystery itself is not particularly well plotted nor is are the characters well evoked. The book works much better as an appreciation of the region than it does as a mystery. ( )
  leduck | Oct 19, 2013 |
3 1/2 if I could. Enjoyed this book but it was more historical fiction I think, than a mystery. Great descriptions of the Dordgone region in France, it's people, history and food as well as their customs and politics during the war. Manages to mix it all with the Cathers and the missing paintings confiscated by Hitler during the second World War and tie it all together at the end. The crime is actually more of a background, though it is investigated and comes into play at various parts of the book. ( )
  Beamis12 | Jan 7, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0299284204, Hardcover)

The cave of Lascaux may be closed to the public, but five scholars a day are allowed inside, and Nora Barnes has finagled an appointment. True, she may have fudged a bit in her letter to the authorities, but she does teach art history, and she isn’t about to miss her chance to see the world’s most famous prehistoric paintings. Nora and her high-spirited husband, Toby, are visiting the Dordogne, in the southern French region of the Aquitaine. Aware that the Dordogne’s renown for cave art is matched only by its reputation for delicious cuisine, the couple has also signed up for a cooking class at a nearby château, but they soon find that more than food is on their minds.
    During their tour of the cave, another visitor is murdered. When the local inspector pegs Nora and Toby as suspects, they embark on a mission to solve the crime, tracing strange links between a Cro-Magnon symbol and a thirteenth-century religious cult. As they match wits with the crusty inspector, Nora finds herself immersed in the notebooks of a forgotten artist who once lived in the château. In sifting through the artist’s papers and uncovering old secrets, she begins to piece together the motives for the murder. But has she cooked up more trouble than she can handle?

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Mystery and prehistory meet in the deep recesses of the famous Lascaux cave. Follow the clues to find the murderer and in the process bask in the lovely countryside of the Dordogne River Valley, its cliffs, rock shelters, caves, and castles. You can almost taste the grilled duck, walnut cake, and French wines.… (more)

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