Paris Book Fair and Paperback

Frédérique Molay's story has something truly special. Her first published novel took France by storm when she won the Prix du Quai des Orfèvre—this is The 7th Woman, which we were so very proud to count among our first titles. She then wrote Crossing the Line and The City of Blood. However, after that, for reasons beyond her control and related to the occasionally obscure world of publishing, she lost her French publisher, and almost stopped writing altogether. 

I told her to send me the manuscript and, if nothing else, we would bring it out in English. We did better than that. It was published by Amazon Crossing in January in English—Looking to the Woods, and at the same time by Amazon Publishing Europe in French as—Copier n'est pas jouer.

As of yesterday, Copier n'est pas jouer is in paperback as well in France, published by City Editions. And Frédérique spent last weekend at the Paris Book Fair, as did both books.

 

Bastille Day Special — Authentic, Exciting Books Set in France

How are you celebrating the storming of the Bastille? I’d say the French national holiday calls for something French. So, if you can’t actually go to France for the parade on the Champs-Elysée or attend the dances and festivities traditionally held at fire stations across the country, you can pick up a book from Le French Book and be transported to France.

Here is our reading list for Bastille Day, with some deep discounts on these books set in France (mostly, at least), by French authors, translated for you. 

PARIS ART

  • The Collector by Anne-Laure Thièblemont (http://amzn.to/29xyd2A), a captivating dive into the little-known world of Paris art specialists and counterfeiters. After a father she never knew died, Marion Spicer finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams and attacks—a world where people will kill for a love of beauty. 

PARIS SUSPENSE

  • The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier (http://amzn.to/2a4Is0e), psychological suspense in the French capital. An ambitious rookie lawyer in Paris catches a case that sparks a determined search for the truth in her own life.

DARKNESS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

Paris, the French capital, the City of Light, and the perfect setting for crime, and an actual character in Frédérique Molay’s award-winning Paris Homicide series.

  • The 7th Woman (http://amzn.to/29sRoj5) launches the series and gives the city a whole new dimension, with “ratcheting tension” and suspense. Terror stalks Paris. Will the team of elite crime fighters prevail?

FRENCH SPIES NOT FRENCH FRIES

  • The Rare Earth Exchange by Bernard Besson (http://amzn.to/29xKDaU), a chilling financial espionage novel and an unsettling look at a post-Panama Papers world. A team of freelance operatives gets caught up in a web of corruption and cyberterrorism in a struggle to control rare minerals key to today’s technology. “As subtle as a chess game, and as explosive as today's headlines.”

FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AND GOURMET ATTITUDE

Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen’s Winemaker Detective series (http://amzn.to/29xAkUh) is a celebration of France combining enticing mysteries, mouthwatering accounts of food and wine along with authentic descriptions of French countryside. A vacation with quirky characters and winetasting, British-like mysteries with a French flair.

  • The Winemaker Detective: An Omnibus (http://amzn.to/29xAYkr) is a fine introduction to this series, with three titles in one. 
  • Late Harvest Havoc (http://amzn.to/29AJKBu). Disaster strikes the vineyards in Alsace. Vintners are tense and old grudges surface. The Winemaker Detective's reputation is on the line as he must find the cause before the late harvest starts.
  • Tainted Tokay (http://amzn.to/29Ktgtc). The Winemaker Detective encounters deceit and deception in Old World Europe. 

EUROPEAN ACTION AND ADVENTURE

The Consortium thriller series (http://amzn.to/29DR9Be) by David Khara offers a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today?

  • The Bleiberg Project
  • The Shiro Project
  • The Morgenstern Project

 

  • Shadow Ritual (http://amzn.to/29xAvPx) by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne. The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Douglas Preston calls it “Phenomenal.” Shadow Ritual has ritual murders, ancient enemies and a powerful secret, making an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. 

AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FRENCH FLAVOR

  • White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume (http://amzn.to/29xAIC0). In addition to a starred Publishers Weekly review, Craig Johnson (of Longmire fame) called this “the real deal.” White Leopard is African noir with a renegade PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. The reader travels down the roads of Mali in the protagonist’s desperate search for truth.

The Secret to Writing Authentic Paris Police Procedurals

Frédérique Molay has reaped awards and praise for her Paris Homicide series. These mysteries set in Paris "blend suspense and authentic police procedure" says Paris mystery writer Cara Black. As we prepare the translation of the fourth book in the series, I went to Paris to see Frédérique in her current place of work—the French Senate. It seems part of her secret comes from leading a double life of writer and politician, which gives her a front-row and participative view of the French legislative system, and by extension the legal system.

 Anne Trager and Frédérique Molay in Paris, at the French Senate.

Anne Trager and Frédérique Molay in Paris, at the French Senate.

Frédérique, who is now 47 and the mother of three grown children, graduated from the French grande écolé the Institut d'Études Politique and has a Master's degree in Business Administration. She began her career in politics and administration as chief of staff for a commission of the French National Assembly. She then worked for local government in Burgundy. In 1998 she ran in the European elections, and in 2001 was elected in Saône-et-Loire.

At the height of this brilliant political career, Molay was also writing crime novels and won France's prestigious crime fiction prize the Prix du Quai des Orfèvres for The 7th Woman, which went on to become an international bestseller. She took a break from politics to write Crossing the Line and The City of Blood two other titles in the Paris Homicide series.

In addition to being a knight in the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin—an order of wine lovers who promote Burgundy wines—from 2011 to 2013, Frédérique taught French in middle school, sharing her passion for writing with young teens.

The political virus never left her, however, and in June 2015, after finishing the French manuscript of Looking to the Woods , Frédérique returned to politics, working as chief of staff for a newly elected senator. She now splits her time between Paris and Chalon-sur-Saône, between police procedurals and politics.

Thanks to this double life, she gave me an inside tour of the French senate, where I saw Napoleon's throne in the gilded Salle des Conférence, visited the magnificent library with paintings by Eugène Delacroix, and took the back stairs to the Senate Chambers.

I'm wondering if she will ever write a Paris Homicide mystery that takes place in this palace the now houses the Senate—the Luxembourg Palace was built by Marie de Medici. 

 

 

What's new — covers, audiobooks

New Series Covers

Check out our new covers for The 7th Woman and The Greenland Breach. Many thanks to Jeroen, our cover designer.

New Audiobooks

Audible also released a a couple of new audiobooks of recently: The Collector and Mayhem in Margaux. Click below to listen to excerpts.

Happy Bastille Day

We chose three edge-of-your-seat Paris mysteries to discount for a summer sale that kicks off just in time for Bastille Day on July 13. A steep discount of 60% off the regular ebook price will apply through July 30.

In the Paris Homicide series by Frédérique Molay, there’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—watches over the streets of the French capital in a series that leads readers behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details, giving a whole new dimension to Paris.

Sirens of Suspense Interviews Frédérique Molay

 The "French Michael Connelly"

The blog Sirens of Suspense ran an interesting interview of Frédérique Molay, author of The 7th Woman, Crossing the Line and the upcoming The City of BloodShe answers the following questions:

  • Do you feel there are any distinct differences between crime fiction and thrillers written for American versus European audiences?
  • You’ve been called the French Michael Connelly, what’s your reaction? How do you feel your styles are similar and how do they differ?
  • Did your career in politics influence your writing?
  • What made you choose a male protagonist for your series?
  • Can you tell us a little about CROSSING THE LINE? What’s coming next for you?

Read the interview here.

Summer Read: Award-winning Paris Mystery Now in Paperback

This week, we are releasing the paperback version of the award-winning international bestseller The 7th Woman edge-of-your-seat summer read. Combine a gritty police procedural, forensics and that je ne sais quoi only found in Paris and you get The 7th Woman by Frédérique Molay, who has been called “the French Michael Connelly.”

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