Murder in Lascaux

Murder in Lascaux

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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?


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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While on a trip to see the Lascaux Cave and enjoy French cuisine, Nora and her husband Toby become suspects in another visitor's murder after discovering his body in the cave, and decide to investigate in order to clear their names.

Publisher: Madison, Wis. : Terrace Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780299284206
0299284204
9780299284237
0299284239
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hinden, Michael

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Oct 08, 2012

A reviewer called this book "dense and detailed", and I agree. Also uneven. But I love this area of France, so I enjoyed reading about parts of it I was less familiar with.
But I detest cooking, so that part of the story bored me to tears, and in any event felt tacked on and unessential to the plot.
And when the murder(s) are finally solved, it still feels incomplete. I found myself thinking, "Huh?"
All in all, I think this story needed a better editor and better authors.
Oh, and I really didn't like the ease with which protagonist Nora lied to all and sundry with no hesitation or guilt. She is intellectually and morally shallow, an unappealing character.

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