Fiction at Literati: Kemper Donovan and Colleen Cambridge

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 6:30pm

Literati is thrilled to welcome Kemper Donovan, host of the All About Agatha Podcast, in conversation with best-selling mystery author Colleen Cambridge, in celebration of their respective new releases, The Busy Body and A Murder Most French

About The Busy Body: Veep meets Agatha Christie in this intelligent and wildly funny literary mystery from Kemper Donovan, host of the podcast “All About Agatha.” Donovan has read every Agatha Christie book and discussed it on his podcast, and has interviewed the likes of Ruth Ware, Nita Prose, and Anthony Horowitz to discuss their love of the Queen of Crime. As a huge fan of the mystery genre, Donovan decided to set out to write THE BUSY BODY, a novel that is both a throwback and innovation: a classic puzzle mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie, and a knowing, modern exploration of gender dynamics as they play out in the cutthroat worlds of politics and a homicide investigation. THE BUSY BODY follows politician Dorothy Gibson from southern Maine–a character that is heavily inspired by Hillary Clinton, Susan Collins, and Margaret Chase Smith, a Maine politician who was the first woman to serve in both U.S. houses. Dorothy has just experienced a very public defeat and has retreated to her home in the Maine woods to lick her wounds and write her long-awaited memoir with the novel’s narrator, an unnamed ghostwriter. When a neighbor dies suspiciously, it’s not long before these two women find themselves on a hunt for a murderer

About A Murder Most French: The graceful domes of Sacré Coeur, the imposing cathedral of Notre Dame, the breathtaking Tour Eiffel . . . Paris is overflowing with stunning architecture. Yet for Tabitha Knight, the humble building that houses the Cordon Bleu cooking school, where her friend Julia studies, is just as notable. Tabitha is always happy to sample Julia’s latest creation and try to recreate dishes for her Grandpère and Oncle Rafe. The legendary school also holds open demonstrations, where the public can see its master chefs at work. It’s a treat for any aspiring cook—until one of the chefs pours himself a glass of wine from a rare vintage bottle—and promptly drops dead in front of Julia, Tabitha, and other assembled guests. It’s the first in a frightening string of poisonings that turns grimly personal when cyanidelaced wine is sent to someone very close to Tabitha. What kind of killer chooses such a means of murder, and why? Tabitha and Julia hope to find answers in order to save innocent lives—not to mention a few exquisite vintages—even as their investigation takes them through some of the darkest corners of France’s wartime past . . .

Kemper Donovan is a full-time writer and author of The Busy Body. Previously he published the standalone novel The Decent Proposal (HarperCollins). He is also the host of the podcast All About Agatha, dedicated to all things Agatha Christie, in which guise he has been featured in the L.A. Times, made appearances on BBC TV and Radio New Zealand, and written for, the Agatha Christie estate’s official website. Kemper attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and lives in Southern California with his husband and two daughters.

Colleen Cambridge is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the American in Paris Mysteries and the Phyllida Bright Mysteries, the first of which, Murder at Mallowan Hall, was an Agatha Award finalist and an Indie Next Pick. The first American in Paris Mystery, Mastering the Art of French Murder, was an Indie Next Pick, LibraryReads selection, and Publishers Marketplace 2023 Buzz Books selection. An accomplished historian whose meticulously researched novels appeal to fans of historical fiction and mysteries alike, she also writes under the pennames C.M. Gleason and Colleen Gleason.


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The Busy Body: A Witty Literary Mystery with a Stunning Twist (A Ghostwriter Mystery #1) By Kemper Donovan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496744531
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Published: A John Scognamiglio Book - January 23rd, 2024

Mastering the Art of French Murder: A Charming New Parisian Historical Mystery (An American In Paris Mystery #1) By Colleen Cambridge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496739605
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Published: Kensington - February 20th, 2024

A Murder Most French (An American In Paris Mystery #2) By Colleen Cambridge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496739629
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Published: Kensington - April 23rd, 2024

Murder at Mallowan Hall (A Phyllida Bright Mystery #1) By Colleen Cambridge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496732453
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Published: Kensington - September 27th, 2022