Fatal Carnival

"The Marseille strangler is still at large..."

Southern France, January 1788. British winter visitors have fled the cold winter for the mild climate of Nice. It's carnival time. Anne Cartier and her husband, Colonel Paul de Saint-Martin, are spending the winter in Nice, in the hope that the mild climate and a rest from work will improve Paul's health. When news reaches them of the escape from Toulon naval prison of convict Jean Lebrun, imprisoned for the murder of his master, 20 years earlier, Paul cannot resist the temptation to investigate. His enquiries, aided by his adjutant Georges, lead them to believe that Lebrun was unjustly condemned. Meanwhile, Anne in the midst of Carnival, has been drawn into unsavoury affairs of the expatriate community of Nice. Another murder takes place and Anne investigates. It's clear that the two murders are connected.

About the Mystery

Fatal Carnival (Severn House, 2006) is the fifth in the Anne Cartier series.

"Solidly written, carefully researched, and inventively plotted, O'Brien's latest installment in this likable series will thoroughly satisfy historical-mystery fans who relish an extra helping of richly flavored period detail."

Booklist, August, 2006


"...well-written ...and the usual attention to period detail."

Publishers Weekly, July 24, 2006

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ISBN: 0-7278-6403-3
Severn House Publishers, Ltd.
US$28.95 - Can$36.95 - UK£18.99