Murder in Lascaux by Betsy Draine

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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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About Betsy Draine

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Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden cowrote the memoir A Castle in the Backyard: The Dream of a House in France and translated and edited The Walnut Cookbook by Jean-Luc Toussaint. They are professors emeriti of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Published October 4, 2011 by University of Wisconsin Press. 298 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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To wriggle out from under the local detective’s baleful squint, Nora seeks to find the killer by bombarding Marianne and her brother Guillaume with questions about topics they’ve been reluctant to discuss, including the cause of Jenny Marie’s death and the rumor of Nazi loot hidden on their prope...

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The special tour of the Lascaux cave’s Cro-Magnon paintings that art historian Nora Barnes and her antique dealer husband, Toby Sandler, take to kick off their Dordogne vacation is abruptly cut short by the garroting of another visitor, government investigator Michel Malbert.

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