The second book in an undiscovered, jazz-infused gem of 1990s crime fiction, starring the deeply charismatic Nanette Hayes.
**A New York Times Best Mystery Novel of the Year**
'This year's most original fictional detective' Good Housekeeping
'The love affair between jazz, black musicians and Paris is an eternal story; Carter illuminates it with rare intelligence and a gripping vortex of thrills, feeling and wit' Time Out on Coq Au Vin
Straight-talking jazz musician Nanette Hayes is swapping New York for Paris as she tries to solve the mystery of her missing aunt. . . but will she lose more than just her heart in the city of love?
When Nanette's mother calls with the news that her Aunt Vivian has gone missing, it's not exactly out of the ordinary. Vivacious and bohemian Aunt Vivian has never been one to play by the rules. This time, however, the circumstances surrounding Vivian's disappearance are troubling. Would Nanette be up to polishing her French and flying to Paris, where she was last seen, to track her down? It's not a tough decision for Nanette.
Now, swanning about her favourite city, Nanette has a hard time keeping her attention on the task at hand. . . especially after she meets handsome violinist Andre, a fellow street musician from Detroit. But trouble has a way of finding Nanette, and her search for Vivian lands her in the underbelly of historic Paris and in the crosshairs of some very unsavoury characters.
Coq au Vin takes us on an exciting journey through the history of Black jazz music in Paris, with charismatic series lead Nanette as our guide. Originally published in the 1990s, this stylish piece of noir is an original and page-turning read.
PRAISE FOR THE NANETTE HAYES MYSTERIES:
'Nanette Hayes may be the most charismatic crime-fiction heroine to appear in the last decade' Booklist
'Style's the thing in this breezy, sexy mystery narrated by Nanette, a French-speaking, sax-playing street musician' Publisher's Weekly
'Style's the thing in this breezy, sexy mystery narrated by Nanette, a French-speaking, sax-playing street musician' - Publisher's Weekly
'This Grace Jones lookalike with a degree in French is a splendid creation' - Sunday Telegraph
'This high-spirited tour of Paris has terrific charm. . . with the infectious energy of eternal youth' - The New York Times on Coq au Vin
'The love affair between jazz, black musicians and Paris is an eternal story; Carter illuminates it with rare intelligence and a gripping vortex of thrills, feeling and wit' - Time Out on Coq Au Vin
CHARLOTTE CARTER is the author of an acclaimed mystery series featuring Nanette Hayes, a young Black American jazz musician with a lust for life and a talent for crime-solving, and the Cook County mystery series, set in Chicago during the 1960s. She edited these books before they were reissued and is still writing new books today.