Death in the truffle wood is his first commissaire laviolette mystery to be published in the united states the second the messengers of death is forthcoming from thomas dunne books st martins minotaur. Pierre magnan who died earlier this year was the master of provencal gothic and death in the truffle wood shows why his unremarkable series cop laviolette investigates the disappearance of a number of hippies from the town of banon and uncovers a bubbling pot au feu of sexual obsession avarice witchcraft and truffles. The swine are restless in this blast from the 1970s and several hippies are missing shrewd commissaire laviolette arrives in the little village of banon in upper provence to conduct an investigation into some passing strange goings on. Death in the truffle wood book magnan pierre long a renowned crime writer in france pierre magnan has won numerous prizes and has a huge popular following in his native country now with this mouth watering series debut magnan introduces the celebrated commissaire laviolette to us readers in banon a small peaceful village in upper provence the local communitys principal source . While i agree with harriet klausner that death in the truffle wood is a wonderful story i hope all of magnans books will be translated to english i have a quip with her repeatedly identifying in her review roselines the pig owner alyre morelon as a she well alyre is a man and husband to francine who plays an important role in the story
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