Food writer Carolyn Blue gets the opportunity to take her family with her on a tour of France. What better place to write about cooking?!

The tour group includes Professor Jean-Claude Childeric, a renowned medieval historian. Caroline is excited to meet him since she was a history major in college.

Unfortunately, Childeric is totally obnoxious and keeps on correcting the guide in a snooty manner. Also, accidents keep happening, mainly to Childeric. Often Carolyn is near Childeric when these mishaps occur, and she begins to wonder about her fellow travelers. As the "accidents" become more dangerous, Carolyn's anxiety turns to action—unless she can find out what's going on, the tour will turn deadly.

A good deal of wit and an abundance of mysterious happenings make DEATH A L'ORANGE a satisfying, lively read. Several French recipes, including duck a l'orange, are included. (Jun., 288 pp., $5.99 )

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg