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Calissons and the art of smuggling

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on August 12, 2014
in France, Thrillers

What is the most French smuggling stash you can think of? That question came to mind just the other day in Aix-en-Provence, when I walked by this shop.

Fabrique Calissons

Their specialty is calissons d’Aix, a delicious almond-based treat. You…

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Inspiration for Books: Moissac

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on July 29, 2014
in France

A lot of places in France have served as inspiration for books. I just made a fun trip to Moissac. Where? You may be asking yourself. It’s a small town in southwestern France, notable for, among other things, its Saint Pierre abbey and cloister,…

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The Loire Valley with the Winemaker Detective

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on June 17, 2014

Have you read Grand Cru Heist? Already available as an ebook, the print version will be release this month. Part of the action takes place in the Loire Valley and the region around Tours. Benjamin Cooker get carjacked in Paris, and then retreats…

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Grand Cru Heist… for real!

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on February 10, 2014

Lonely bottle - after Bordeaux wine heistFact: Bordeaux wine heist

Thought our latest release Grand Cru Heist was fiction? Think again! News of a major sting on a Bordeaux wine heist ring hit the French papers…

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Asterix Beats 50 Shades and Other Facts about Best Selling Books in France

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on January 21, 2014
in France

Asterix beats 50 Shades of Grey. How’s that for a fun fact about best selling books in France? Then again, the next three in line are the whole 50 shades trilogy. Sorry Dan Brown, you’re fifth.

I just came across a press release from

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Snapshot of the 2014 Winter French Publishing Season

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on December 10, 2013

The French have two main publishing seasons, or rentrées littéraires, one in fall and one in winter. With the winter 2014 French publishing season nearing, here’s a quick snapshot of what’s coming out in France, according to trade magazine Livres Hebdo.

The Dummies’ Guide to French Thrillers

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on October 17, 2013

What exactly is a French thriller? Is it different than an American thriller? Does it have dark humor? A je ne sais quoi in the plot twists?

As the founder of Le French Book—we are specialized in mysteries and thrillers from France—I wanted to get…

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Summer Reruns – Tomatoes and All

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on August 20, 2013
in France

Yet another post in the summer rerun series. Find out what tomatoes have to do with Le French Book.

This post appeared on July 14 at the Unconventional Librarian blog. Thanks Pam for the opportunity. I wrote it late June, when the season’s first…

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Glimpses of France in Fiction

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on August 13, 2013

In the France-is-on-vacation rerun series, here’s another guest post I wrote for another blog. Here’s one that seems summery enough, with scenes from France.

This post first appeared in the France Village Diaries blog.

Link to original post.

Glimpses of France in Fiction 

When…

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Really French? Living in France

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on August 6, 2013
in France

OK everyone, it is well known that France is on vacation in July and August. I thought I’d do like they do on the radio, and do some reruns for the summer. I’ll be running some guest post I wrote for some other blogs….

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