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A Provençal Mystery (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ann Elwood
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Présentation de l'éditeur

Why did a nun in a seventeenth-century convent flagellate herself until her blood spattered the wall? Why did nuns save a child doomed to death in the Holocaust and who wanted her killed? Who wants a lost head-shaped reliquary that holds something other than a head? And are answers to these questions the key to a terrible modern-day death in a quiet archive?

When American historian Pandora (Dory) Ryan finds a very rare, uncataloged seventeenth century nun’s diary inside a record book at the provincial archives in Avignon, she is thrilled. This is historian’s treasure. But she doesn’t know yet that it will send her on a search that brings about changes in how she feels about her profession, the irrational, and love with a sexy Frenchman. And it will take her from the archive on a dangerous adventure into the countryside of Provence, which, beautiful as it is, has a long and bloody history.

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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Ann Elwood lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with six cats, a desert tortoise, seven box turtles, and a German shepherd, Louis. She grew up in Saddle River, New Jersey. After college, she taught elementary school for a few miserable years, then moved to the Philadelphia area and landed a job as a typist-clerk at the Philadelpha Bulletin. When her boss discovered she had difficulty typing up circulation figures with twelve carbons, she was fired and found another job writing copy for a paternalistic insurance company that offered a low salary and delicious free lunch. One of the typesetters had the magical ability to square up a stack of paper into a perfect cube. Eventually she moved to a studio apartment on Irving Place in New York City, and, after a few months of writing copy for a textbook company, went on to freelance as a writer of anything anyone would pay her for. In 1967, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was advertising manager for a publishing company. Then the West Coast was a mecca for writers and adventurers. Within a couple of years, she visited a Malibu beach house, fell in love (long-distance) with Bob Dylan, met Thomas Pynchon (he wouldn’t remember it), and saw Hair. In 1972, she returned to freelancing. The following year she moved to Cardiff. She wrote articles for Irving Wallace and his son, David Wallichinsky, (People’s Almanac and Book of Lists), and did other wonderful things she won’t mention here. With Carol Orsag Madigan, she wrote several non-fiction books. A desire to delve more deeply into ideas finally drove her to graduate school in 1981. Her dissertation focused on an order of 17th and 18th century French nuns so she had to spend a happy year in France doing research. While not in the archives, she drank local wine with fellow historians and traveled the country with her dog, Puppy, who had far less trouble than she did communicating with the French. Now, she teaches history part-time at California State University, San Marcos, spends time with Louis and the other animals, and writes the books she has always wanted to write but never had the time for.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1277 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 233 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008H727LS
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Provencal Mystery 3 avril 2013
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Past and present combined with an elaborate story. A fast tale with twists all the way through. Definitely a good holiday book if you love France and its history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Provencal Mystery 20 septembre 2012
Par Victoria Bynum - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What could a nun's 17th century diary, the daring rescue of a Jewish child from Nazi Germany, and an American historian, Pandora "Dory" Ryan, conducting research in the Archives de Vaucluse of Avignon, France, possibly have in common? Well, they just might all be connected to a modern-day murder in which several suspects have intriguing connections to one, two, or all three of these events, separated though they are by time and distance.
Drawing on her sure knowledge of French convents and archives (based on her own years of historical research) , and her keen insights into human character, Ann Elwood offers a mystery that keeps the reader wondering just who murdered--well, no, I'll not give away the victim's name!
As for who committed the heinous crime, suffice to say there are plenty of suspects, all of them moving in and out of the Avignon Archives, thereby forcing Dory Ryan to transform herself from historian into sleuth. Dory's research skills serve her well--particularly her discovery of a lost diary full of clues--in the setting of this quiet research center suddenly turned crime scene.
Just who among those gathered at the archive might be a murderer? The brilliant, aloof Rachel Marchand, she of the mysterious historical mission? The conceited Professor Fitzroy, or perhaps his sidekick, Jack, a pompous, insecure graduate student? Or could it be Chateaublanc, the sourly arrogant archivist himself--or even his smirky assistant, Griset?
Or might the murderer be someone from outside the archive? The list goes on, the characters ranging from those you love to those you love to hate. This story is great fun, and author Ann Elwood has made certain that half the fun is figuring who among her cast of characters is capable of murder--and why.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A really interesting book. 21 octobre 2012
Par Joyce in RSA. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It was such a pleasure to read an interesting book, written in good English - a rare commodity these days! The investigation into the difficulties of post-war France, and finding people disappearing, changing identity, and even being murdered because of the quite distant past, kept me riveted to the pages. Intriguing characters, both past and present, and insight into life in and around French convents shows a great deal of research has gone into this book. I look forward to reading more of Ann Elwood's writing.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing and Smart 23 septembre 2012
Par Abigail Padgett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
An interesting journey into both history and the razor-sharp, outspoken mind of an academic who's probably never going to make it in academia, A Provencal Mystery is a delicious read. Devotees of intricate mystery plotting may stumble a bit with this one, but readers who long for a charming, idiosyncratic protagonist and reams of fascinating information will love it. The perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for intellectual on your list. You know, the one who speaks French to her cat and collects 16th century soup recipes, but pays the rent with her job as an insurance fraud investigator? It's that kind of book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating Glimpse into the Past 17 septembre 2012
Par Mary L. Locke - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is one of those wonderful hybrid historical mysteries that weave in and out of the modern present and the mysterious past in a way that enchants. The main protagonist, Dory, is a history professor who isn't so sure she can continue to conform to the rules of academia, and her discovery of a 17th diary of a nun while on sabbatical in France leads her into to a world of ritual, self-mortification, and the Devil that feels so real it begins to challenge her rational hold on the here and now.

In addition, every one of the people she works alongside in the Avignon Archives de Vaucluse has a secret, scholars and staff alike. And when Dory, like her namesake Pandora, begins to uncover these secrets, the results, including murder, are unexpected.

For readers who like their mysteries to take them to new places, A Provencal Mystery offers beautiful descriptions of Avignon in winter, the cold mistral wind, the narrow streets, a country market and a medieval cathedral. The mystery itself is well-plotted, and Elwood cleverly uses diaries, legal depositions, birth and death records, and an oral history to develop that plot. But it is the world of Rose the converse nun, as revealed in diaries, that makes this book extraordinary. I highly recommend it.

Mary Lou Locke
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting mystery 21 octobre 2012
Par S. Bollinger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Thank goodness for an intellectual mystery, with an intriguing Frenchman as a bonus. The mystery is not as convoluted as some, but the information about Provence and the interior of a 17th century convent makes interesting reading. Ann Elwood writes well and has produced a complex story without obscuring the basic plot.
I generally don't like historical novels, but enjoyed this one very much.
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