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Publication Order of Verlaque and Bonnet Books

Death at the Chateau Bremont (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Rue Dumas (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Vines (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on the Île Sordou (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of La Fontaine (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Noël Killing (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing Museum on the Rue Mistral (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disaster at the Vendome Theater (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

M.L. Longworth is a Canadian author that has written for publications like The Washington Post and The Independent. When Longworth isn’t writing fiction and nonfiction, she is teaching at a Paris University.


M.L. Longworth was born in Toronto, Canada in 1963. Her resume includes a stint at the York University in Toronto where she studied art history. That was in the 1980s. Besides her education, Longworth counts her marriage to her husband as one of her greatest achievements.

The pair tied the knot in 1989. And they immediately bought a van and began to tour the United States. The couple initially made a home in San Juan. But a natural disaster drove them to move on.

Longworth’s life changed when circumstances convinced her to move to France with her husband and daughter. In the many years that followed, Longworth began to experiment with writing, first with nonfiction and then fiction.

The author is best known for her mysteries which feature an Aixois judge and his law professor girlfriend.

+Literary Career

M.L. Longworth’s literary career can be traced back to 1996. The family was planning to go on a short vacation to France. Longworth’s husband had a computer. Back then, the internet was a novelty and the author wasn’t sure what to expect from it.

But, shortly before the family departed for the holiday when she tried to search for job vacancies in France, she was surprised to find an employment opportunity in a town called Gemenos that perfectly fit her husband.

The author’s husband phoned the company in question and actually secured an interview. By 1997, the family was packed and ready to move to Marseille. Things went well for them in France at the start. But as the months went by and as the family began to transition from tourists to French residents, complications manifested.

For all the time she had spent in France, Longworth’s French did not improve, which made her interactions with the locals rather difficult. And because they were living in a city at the time, M.L. Longworth also found that she needed a car for everything, and one was not always available for her.

The family eventually made the decision to move to the countryside, a change that kept them from succumbing to the complexities of France and eventually returning to the United States.

Longworth was initially unconcerned with issues of employment. She had a daughter to care for and that consumed a lot of her time. More importantly, the author did not have working papers, which became an issue when her daughter started school.

Longworth suddenly had plenty of time on her hands. So she started writing primarily as a means of keeping busy. The author initially produced essays about France’s art and architecture. And she actually sold some of them.

Longworth’s first professional sale came courtesy of The Washington Post. It was a special moment that Longworth never forgot because it showed her the possibilities that writing and publishing held.

The journey to Longworth becoming a writer was slow. Even after selling her first essay, the author decided to take her time. She experimented with a few more essay and she continued to sell them even as the idea of a mystery set in Aix took shape in her mind.

She wrote it by longhand and kept it in her desk, going back to it whenever her essays failed to hold her attention. Longworth eventually acquired formal employment. Sometimes it took so long for magazines and newspapers to get back to her about the essays she submitted that she grew bored.

She started teaching at a bilingual Aix school. That opened the door for her to teach at New York University’s Paris campus. She abandoned the mystery in her desk for a little while. When she finally returned to it, Longworth had to make numerous alterations before her manuscript was ready for submissions to literary agents.

Longworth elicited interest from a New York agent and that paved the way for the publishing success that eventually came to her.

The author has admitted that, besides her love of the mystery genre, she was driven to write fiction because the nonfiction arena was discouraging. Not only were the replies to her essay submissions from newspapers and magazines slow but most of them were negative.

Longworth noticed that her essays featured a lot of descriptive passages about locations, food, and wine in Europe, elements that did not really interest American publications but which would be at home in a novel.

The dialogue was the biggest challenge Longworth faced during the transition from nonfiction to fiction. It took effort and numerous rewrites to make her conversations sound natural.

+Death at the Chateau Bremont

Aix-en-Provence is a historical town with a mystery. A local nobleman by the names of Etienne de Bremont is dead. And Antoine Verlaque, the Aix Chief Magistrate doesn’t believe his fall from the family chateau was an accident.

Learning that the deceased was a close friend of Marine Bonnet works in Antoine’s favor because the two have been in an on-again-off-again relationship for a while. Even with Marine’s help, finding Etienne’s killer won’t be easy because the town is full of people who could benefit from the nobleman’s death.

Antoine and Marine’s efforts are further complicated by a second death. But now they know they are dealing with murder, and no one will stop them from following a trail of breadcrumbs to the doorstep of the town killer.

+Murder in the Rue Dumas

The director of the Theology department at the University of Aix is dead, and Judge Verlaque knows that there are only a few reasons that could have sealed his fate. Professor Moutte was about to announce the recipient of a lucrative fellowship.

Moutte also had the position of director up for grabs. And that would have guaranteed its recipient an apartment in a 17th Century Mansion. If Verlaque wants to find Moutte’s killer—and he is certain it was murder—he must scrutinize the students and teachers who eagerly sought the fellowship and position of director.

But that is a long list and every suspect Verlaque looks at has what it takes to commit murder. Fortunately for the Judge, he has Marine and her plucky mother to help him make sense of things.

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11 Responses to “M.L. Longworth”

  1. Harriette: 6 months ago

    I LOVE all the Verlaque mysteries, and hope M.L. Longworth is planning more! Now that Verlaque and Bonnet have a baby, this can add a new dimension to the couple’s work together solving crimes.

  2. Jim McCready: 7 months ago

    I enjoy your books. Actually have read them in order a couple of times. Hurry up, (bad practice for an author) with the net adventure. Really enjoy your character development

  3. David Grant: 2 years ago

    Love the novels, I am in France straight away and, being a foodie love the wine and descriptions of meals. The TV series was disappointing, poor casting and didn’t bring out the ambiance of Aix. The books are a delight but one small criticism, whisky with an e is Irish, Scottish malt does not have an e!
    More please!

  4. Lynn Mobley: 2 years ago

    I love these books. Things I appreciate are the interactions with the supporting players, such a the cigar club and the parents on both sides, the backstories, and the way the writer sketches in just enough from book to book to enlighten us on what has gone before.
    So it is with great chagrin that I watch the TV series, which has sacrificed almost all of these elements for the sake of diversity and, most probably, budget issues. They went for expensive, well known actors in the main roles, who are wonderful but perhaps twenty years each too old to play Verlaque and Bonnet, a move seems to have left no money to build up an ensemble of pleasing characters. We have the gratuitous replacement of a female for male sidekick, most conspicuously, and I see no way for her to enjoy the long, liquid lunches so central to the friends’ interaction.
    France is very diverse. Longworth’s books barely touch on that aspect of life there, and I agree that there was room in this series to switch out for characters who more adequately represent it. However, we have lost way too much of the personalities of the cast as they were written into the books, and which made the series so delightful.
    Please stick with the novels, Ms. Longworth, and dump the show. Your time is too precious to sacrifice for the drawing out of such a losing proposition.

  5. Klara Barker: 2 years ago

    I just finished the last book, amd loved it.
    Please let us have more!
    Klara Barker

  6. Shirley Niederberger: 2 years ago

    Just in case readers of this site have missed it, this series has been turned into a BritBox series called Murder in Provence and it it wonderful! Do watch!!

    • John: 2 years ago

      The adaptations are a complete and utter travesty

      • Madeline Whalen: 2 years ago

        Agree!Too many unnecessary changes to the characters.

  7. Pamela Jones: 2 years ago

    I just finished the last book. It was one of my favorites for sure. I am just sad there isn’t another one to get!! Please give us more!! Thank you for a terrific series. Pam Jones

  8. Lisa Lentz: 3 years ago

    I am about to start the last book. Hoping there will be more!🙏🏻 I really enjoy this series. Armchair travel and mysteries- perfect!

  9. Sherry Pangborn: 3 years ago

    Just discovered the Verlaque/Bonnet series, and am loving the books. Good mysteries …and not so complicated that one gets lost. or that one guesses the plot early in the game! When I come to the end of one book, I am happy to know that there are several more Verlaque mysteries on my Kindle waiting to be read!


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