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Death and Croissants (A Follet Valley Mystery Book 1) : The most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club - Ian Moore

Death and Croissants (A Follet Valley Mystery Book 1)

The most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club

By: Ian Moore

Paperback | 1 April 2022

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A comedy murder mystery set in France with amateur sleuths, one of who is out of his depth, while his exotic partner is very much in control by a leading comedian. Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the fictional Vallee de Folle in the Loire Valley.

Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that's the way he likes it. One day, however, one of his older guests disappears, leaving behind a bloody handprint on the expensive wallpaper, much to the annoyance of his housekeeper. Another guest, the exotic Valerie, persuades a reluctant Richard to join her in investigating the disappearance, and leads him into a world of crime which has hitherto been a mystery to him.

In fact, for much of the time it continues to be a mystery, as Richard remains a dazed passenger in the case until things become really serious and someone murders Ava Gardner, one of his beloved hens. The disappearance of a guest in highly suspicious circumstances is one thing, but you just don't mess with a fellow's hens!

About the Author

Ian Moore is a leading stand-up comedian, known for his sharp, entertaining punditry, who regularly headlines at London's world-famous Comedy Store. A TV/radio regular, he stars in Dave's satirical TV show Unspun and Channel 5's topical comedy Big Mouths. Ian lives in rural France and commutes back to the UK every week. In his spare time, he makes mean chutneys and jams.
Industry Reviews

'A very funny page-turner. Fantastique!' Adam Kay


'A joyous read!' Alan Carr


'A writer of immense wit and charm' Paul Sinha


'Ian is one of my favourite writers; this is hilarious and a great mystery too' Janey Godley


'Good food and a laugh-out-loud mystery. What more could anyone want in these dark times' Mark Billingham


'Like going on a joyous romp through the Loire valley with Agatha Christie, PG Woodhouse and Mc Beaton. A delight.' C. K. McDonnell


'Ian Moore is a brilliant, funny writer who perfectly captures the foibles of rural France but judging by this book I will never be visiting his bed and breakfast' Josh Widdicombe


'Beautifully done. Very funny indeed. I can't imagine how one plots something like that. Tremendous work' Miles Jupp


'I'm so punchdrunk from the sheer entertainment of it I've got a sore jaw. Encore!' Matt Forde


'This is like two great books in one, a tricksy whodunnit, and a really, really funny story' Jason Manford


'Such a brilliant read, smart, funny and his sharp writing captures the nuances of "Anglo-French" relations beautifully' Zoe Lyons


'This book is a fun and funny read and I'm very much looking forward to the next one' Ian Stone


'Funny, pacey and very entertaining' Robin Ince

Books to read after The Thursday Murder Club

The Man Who Died Twice : Thursday Murder Club: Book 2 - Richard Osman
The Marlow Murder Club - Robert Thorogood

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