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Deadly Slipper: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne

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Nearly twenty years have passed since Mara Dunns sister Bedie, an orchid enthusiast, disappeared while on a hiking holiday in southwestern France. Mara remains determined to find out what happened—but her only real clue is a sequence of wild orchids, including a mysterious, previously unknown Ladys Slipper, captured on a roll of film found in Bedies long-lost camera. With the help of Julian Wood, a reclusive English botanist, Mara begins her search . . . stumbling into decades worth of local secrets and putting herself in danger. Rich in lush descriptions of the Dordogne, and laden with savory details of French cooking, Deadly Slipper is rife with surprising twists and turns.

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Set in the Dordogne region in southwestern France, Wan's debut, a French-flavored mystery with botanical window dressing, tracks the perilous search for a rare orchid and its long-missing hunter.

About the Author

Michelle Wan was born in Kunming, China, grew up in the United States, and has lived in India, England, France, and Brazil., She and her husband, a tropical horticulturalist, visit the Dordogne annually to photograph and chart wild orchids. They live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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Zmrzlina, June 16, 2007 (view all comments by Zmrzlina)
A romance/suspense novel disguised as a "literary mystery" (according to the back cover). Nothing very suspenseful about it, and the writing is only so-so. The descriptions of France's Dordogne region are intriguing enough to keep the reader's interest, however if mystery is the intent, the book is a failure. It is the same story told a million times over. The author tried every trick of twisting the story to lay suspicion elsewhere, but it never works.

Turgid language like, "...white nights, in which, although his body was numbed by the desire to sleep, his inner eye stared dry and lidless at a moving jumble of worries, the detritus of the day-to-day living thrown onto the conveyor belt of his mind", make this novel less than literary.

I should have known better. I don't like mysteries and I certainly have no interest in orchids and the minutia of orchid hunters, but at least I didn't pay for this book. It is an Advance Reader Copy (ARC). I'll leave it somewhere and perhaps someone who enjoys flowers (there is a lurid image of a lady slipper on the cover) might pick it up and actually enjoy the botany details.
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ISBN:
9781400079520
Author:
Wan, Michelle
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
WAN, Michelle
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.04x5.20x.68 in. .52 lbs.

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