"Champagne: The Farewell has the character of a fine wine, sparkling and flavorful, with just a touch of malice." -Craig Johnson
author of The Cold Dish and As the Crow Flies
NYPD detective Max Maguire flies to France to attend her friend Chloe Marceau's wedding in Champagne, an hour and a half east of Paris. She meets the older, urbane Olivier Chaumont and experiences a fairy-tale evening. But when Chloe's aunt Lea de Saint-Pern is found murdered after the wedding dinner, Max and Olivier are shocked back into their professional roles. Olivier learns several people were attempting to gain control of Lea's business. Quietly using skills inherited from her detective dad, Max insinuates herself into the victim's family until their long-held secrets begin to spill out like marbles from an overturned dish....
Janet Hubbard teaches fiction writing at the University of Vermont.