Emilia Bernhard

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Emilia Bernhard is an American with a German passport, transplanted to England. She was born in Philadelphia and lived in Iowa, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Cambridge and Paris before ending up in Exeter.

Upcoming Publication:

THE BOOKS OF THE DEAD (DEATH IN PARIS MYSTERY) - Crooked Lane Books - 8 October 2019

Current Publication:

DEATH IN PARIS - Crooked Lane Books - October 2018

The only thing chillier than a Parisian winter is cold-blooded murder.

When French financier Edgar Bowen drowns in a bowl of soup, his former girlfriend, American Rachel Levis, is alarmed by the unnatural death. Who dies eating a nice vichyssoise? But when she overhears a mourner at his funeral describing the circumstances of his death, something sounds even stranger: a bottle of rosé was on the dining table when he died. The only problem: Edgar loathed rosé. If he wasn’t drinking it, who was? 

After the police rule the death accidental, Rachel knows it’s up to her and her best friend Magda to investigate. As the two Americans immerse themselves in Edgar’s upper-class world, the list of suspects grows: Could it have been his son, who inherited his money and lavish apartment? His icy ex-wife? His greedy new girlfriend? His impoverished personal assistant? 

But when the suspects start dropping like flies, Rachel and Magda realize the murderer is tying up loose ends. It’ll be up to two amateur sleuths to solve their first case before the murderer decides they’re next...

Praise for DEATH IN PARIS:

'Bernhard's delightful debut... an often witty comedy of manners, gives a view of the highs and lows of contemporary Parisian society... Bernhard fills the novel with entertaining characters, conjures up an authentic Paris, and gives the reader intelligent, if frothy, fun.' Publishers Weekly

'[A] tres charmant debut... Fans of cozies and the City of Lights, or drawn to the theme of female friendship, will eagerly await an encore.' Booklist Starred Review

"Those who enjoy contemporary cozy mysteries with amateur sleuths will gobble up this first in a series with two Americans in Paris as if it's an actual treat in a Paris cafe.' - Library Journal

'With a dreamy location, plenty of sensory details, a passel of suspects, and a dash of suspense, DEATH IN PARIS is as luscious as a pain au chocolat served at a sidewalk cafe - and as charming as poking through the cobblestone alleyways of the Left Bank. Bern​hard's debut promises a wonderful new series set in the most beautiful city in the world.' Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author

'A fun romp through Paris’s chicest districts alongside two delightful amateur sleuths.' M L Longworth, author of the Provencal mystery series

'Bernhard has crafted a delightfully atmospheric mystery, a pièce de résistance filled with the flavor of Paris, France.' Allyson K. Abbott, author of Murder on the Rocks 

'Two younger, racier Miss Marples, American expats in Paris... A captivating cozy murder mystery with a bonus tour of everyone's favorite city.' John Pearce, author of Treasure of Saint-Lazare

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Publication DetailsNotes
2018

Crooked Lane Books

The only thing chillier than a Parisian winter is cold-blooded murder.

When French financier Edgar Bowen drowns in a bowl of soup, his former girlfriend, American Rachel Levis, is alarmed by the unnatural death. Who dies eating a nice vichyssoise? But when she overhears a mourner at his funeral describing the circumstances of his death, something sounds even stranger: a bottle of rosé was on the dining table when he died. The only problem: Edgar loathed rosé. If he wasn’t drinking it, who was?

After the police rule the death accidental, Rachel knows it’s up to her and her best friend Magda to investigate. As the two Americans immerse themselves in Edgar’s upper-class world, the list of suspects grows: Could it have been his son, who inherited his money and lavish apartment? His icy ex-wife? His greedy new girlfriend? His impoverished personal assistant?

But when the suspects start dropping like flies, Rachel and Magda realize the murderer is tying up loose ends. It’ll be up to two amateur sleuths to solve their first case before the murderer decides they’re next...