Mystery on the Menu

Art, food and the beauty of southern France come alive in a new murder mystery

In Murder in Lascaux (2011, Terrace Books), art historian Nora Barnes and her husband Toby visit the Perigord region of southern France. Their plans are to take a cooking class at a historic chateau, research an artist who once lived there and glimpse the world-renowned prehistoric paintings in the cave of Lascaux.

But when a man is murdered in the cave and Nora and Toby become suspects, the pair sets out to solve the crime, delving into family secrets, a religious cult, suspicious locals and rumors of art stolen during the Nazi occupation.

In their first novel, UW–Madison professors emeriti of English Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden weave a suspenseful tale intermingled with sumptuous depictions of art, food and the French landscape.  

Katie Vaughn is managing editor of Madison Magazine.

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