It took fifteen minutes to locate Gigi Lacroix. He sat on a bench waiting for us not ten yards away.
A young girl was about to sit next to Gigi. She saw what we saw at the same moment: the glint of a big, thick blade on the ground. Gigi was leaking blood from the gaping wound in his side. And those flirty, lying eyes of his: dead, dead, dead.
Lord, could that girl scream...
Critics and readers alike have called Charlotte Carter's first mystery, Rhode Island Red, "breezy" and "sexy," and praised her writing as "extraordinary," "elegant and intelligent." Now Carter brings back her quick-witted, jazz-playing sleuth Nanette Hayes for one wild April in Paris, where hot music, romance, and the darkest of long-simmering passions are about to collide...
Nanette grew up idolizing her reckless Aunt Vivian. A freewheeling globe-trotter with a fondness for musicians, money, and good times, Viv inspired Nanette's love of jazz and free and easy living. So when Nanette's mother gets a desperate telegram from the long-missing Viv, it's only right that Nanette return to the city she's always loved to help find her aunt.
At first, everything is all good. With ruefully charming gangster Gigi Lacroix helping her search for Viv, Nanette is also enjoying some fiery Parisian nights...playing at Bricktop's and having steamy duets with Andre, a serious-minded Detroit expatriate who's mad-passionate about more than just jazz history. Then suddenly Gigi turns up dead, and Nanette is plunged into the dark past of le jazz hot. Soon, to save herself, her aunt, and Andre, she'll have to face some hard truths-about the past, herself, and her own illusions-that are promising heartbreak of the seriously fatal kind...
Sexy, smart, fired up, and all too cool, COQ AU VIN features one savvily unconventional, always straight up detective who plays things her way no matter what-and reaffirms Charlotte Carter as one of the most inventive and entertaining new mystery writers.
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CHARLOTTE CARTER is currently a New Yorker and works as a freelance editor and proofreader. She has lived in France, North Africa, Canada, and Chicago and has a lifelong love for mystery fiction.From Kirkus Reviews:
Nanette Hayes's mother is practically in tears. She's had a couple of cryptic distress signals from Nanette's Aunt Viv in Paris, and she knows the secret inheritance of $10,000 she's never turned over to her despised sister-in-law could be a lifesaver. Is there any way Nan could take a week off from her teaching job and fly over to the City of Light to look for her raffish aunt? You bet there is, says Nan, whose teaching job is a myth designed to keep her mother purring, and who knows the anonymous crowds she blows the sax for on Big Apple streets won't miss her for a week. So Nan, fortified by gallons of in-flight Veuve Clicquot and drunk with the romantic possibilities of a city she hasn't seen since she was a girl, settles down in Vivian Hayes's dingy hotel and begins her search. It takes much less than a week for her to realize that she's got about as much chance of finding her walkabout aunt as finding the adorable little bistros she dined in the last time she saw Paris. Luckily, she's taken in hand by Andre, a fine mulatto street-violinist from Detroit, who fills up the hours she's not finding Aunt Viv with diverse cultural experiences, etc. Everything's going swimminglyNan's made contact with a promisingly grungy gangster who's been questioned in the recent death of another American woman, she's tied Vivian into a 20-year-old murder, she's getting some great meals and sexuntil the last thirty pages, when Carter (Rhode Island Red, 1997) suddenly has the nerve to pretend she's been plotting a mystery all along. Nan's second case works less well as a whodunit than as a nostalgic tour of black Paris, and a salute to Black History Month. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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