The Orchid Shroud

The Orchid Shroud

A Novel of Death in the Dordogne

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
Following Michelle Wan’s masterful debut Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud takes readers back to the ruggedly beautiful Dordogne region of France, to a tantalizing world of wild orchids . . . and the discovery of a chilling murder.

Business is booming for Julian and Mara. She has been contracted by Julian’s old friend, Christophe de Bonfond, to restore his sixteenth-century manor house, her biggest commission yet. Julian has been engaged by Christophe’s cousin, Antoine, to landscape the new sales pavilion of his prestigious Coteaux de Bonfond Winery.

Things take a horrifying twist when Mara’s workmen find a mummified baby in the manor house wall. Forensic analysis shows that the infant, nicknamed Baby Blue after the blue silk shawl it was wrapped in, was smothered and that the crime took place over a hundred years ago.

Julian and Mara are increasingly drawn into the web of this old crime. Julian, always searching for his mystery orchid, discovers that the infant’s shawl is embroidered with a botanically accurate depiction of the very flower he has been seeking, while Mara finds herself a suspect in a more recent murder, one that seems to be linked not only to the dead infant but to the terrifying spectre of a modern-day werewolf.

As sinister revelations threaten to pull Mara and Julian apart, The Orchid Shroud will draw readers into the legends and superstitions of the Dordogne, the competitive business of the French wine industry, and the breathtaking world of wild orchids. All served with a dollop of superb Dordognais cookery.

Baker & Taylor
Stumbling upon the body of a murdered infant, dead for more than a century, while restoring the home of wealthy Christophe de Bonfond, designer Mara Dunn teams up once again with orchidologist Julian Wood to investigate the case.

Blackwell North Amer
Mara is renovating the manor house of Julian's friend, the wealthy and socially prominent Christophe de Bonfond, when she discovers the body of a murdered infant. The body, concealed for more than a century, brings to light unexpected and critical information on an elusive Lady's Slipper orchid that Julian avidly seeks. Christophe hires genealogist Jean-Claude Fournier to exonerate his ancestors of infanticide, only to have the expert unleash even more terrifying suspicions about who the de Bonfonds really were and their possible links with the mystery orchid. When violent death strikes in the present day. Mara and Julian begin an investigation of their own that leads them to uncover a trail of murder spanning many decades. As they unearth a past filled with hatred, greed, and treacherous manipulations, they must also unmask a present-day killer - before they become the next victims.

Baker
& Taylor

Stumbling upon the body of a murdered infant, dead for more than a century, while restoring the home of wealthy Christophe de Bonnefon, designer Mara Dunn teams up once again with orchidologist Julian Wood to investigate the case, which may be linked to the modern-day killing of genealogist Jean-Paul Fournier, in the sequel to Deadly Slipper. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385514583
0385514581
Branch Call Number: FIC WAN
Characteristics: xi, 336 p. : geneal. table ; 22 cm

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