The Fleur de Sel Murders

The Fleur de Sel Murders

by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Overview: The old salt farmers have always said that the violet scent of the Fleur de Sel at harvest time on the salt marshes of the Guérande Peninsula has been known to cause hallucinations. Commissaire Dupin also starts to believe this when he’s attacked out of the blue in the salt works.

He had actually been looking forward to escaping his endless paperwork and taking a trip to the “white country” between the raging Atlantic Ocean and idyllic rivers. But when he starts snooping around mysterious barrels on behalf of Lilou Breval, a journalist friend, he finds himself unexpectedly under attack. The offender remains a mystery, and a short time later, Breval disappears without a trace. It is thanks to his secretary Nolwenn and the ambition of the prefect that Dupin is assigned to the case. But he won’t be working alone because Sylvaine Rose is the investigator responsible for the department—and she lives up to her name…

What’s going on in the salt works? Dupin and Rose search feverishly for clues and stumble upon false alibis, massive conflicts of interest, personal feuds—and ancient Breton legends.

Carole Zwicker (12/09/18):I had no idea what was involved in having sea salt in my kitchen. The book was worth it just for the information gained about the process of harvesting sea salt and fleur de sel ( the superior grade of sea salt). Hard work and Mother Nature make this a tenuous crop. This novel is situated in Brittany, on the Atlantic side of France, also known as the white land because of the salt harvest. Commissaire Dupin is outside of his jurisdiction when he investigates suspicious barrels in the salt marshes. His help has been requested by his journalist friend, Lilou Reval. While verifying her information, he is shot and locked in one of the salt sheds. He is rescued by Commissaire Rose, whose jurisdiction he is in. The two join forces to investigate the goings-on in the salt marshes and are lead to murder, mayhem and the politics of sea salt. It was an enjoyable read and readers will feel like they are in Brittany. The lyrical prose gives us a sense of being there and isn't that the reason we read.
Rating: ****

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