Three Star Murder

Original title: Meurtre trois étoiles

Author: Barriere, Michele

Publication Date:

June 2016



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French


Crime & Thrillers

Three Star Murder

Original title: Meurtre trois étoiles

Author: Barriere, Michele

  • 2 Seas Represents: World Excl French.
  • Over 8,000 copies sold


When a food critic assists the director of a forensic-science department on an investigation.

Does someone have a grudge against Eugénie Brazier, the famous woman chef from Lyon who, in this year of 1933, has just won three stars for her restaurants twice? Bad luck, practical jokes in bad taste… what’s going on? It isn’t until one of her chefs is killed and someone tries to poison Edouard Herriot, the mayor of Lyon, that it all becomes deadly serious.

Adrien Savoisy has no choice but to investigate, despite how worried he is about his girlfriend Rebecca, who has been jailed by the Nazis. He’s in no mood to worry about cooking right now, but he will get on the criminal’s trail – inspired by a young woman chef with roots in Lyon’s Armenian community, and a criminologist who also happens to be a real gourmet.

Poultry in half-mourning, chicken with morel mushroom cream, beef filet Rossini and browned quenelles are at the heart of their investigation in France’s ‘capital of haute cuisine.’

Selling points:

  • A fascinating history-and-haute-cuisine-based plot set in Lyon in the 1930s, during the rise of Nazism.
  • Excellent results for the previous Michele Barriere released directly in paperback, L’Assassin de la Nationale 7 (The National 7 Assassin): more than 10,000 copies sold.
  • An author who is well-loved in bookstores and has plenty of faithful fans.