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About Ian Moore
Ian Moore is a stand-up comedian in the UK and a husband, father of three boys, farmhand and chutney-maker in France. He is a mod in both walks of life and most of his time is spent travelling grumpily between the two.
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'A joyous read.' ALAN CARR
‘A very funny page-turner. Fantastique!’ ADAM KAY, COMEDIAN AUTHOR OF THIS IS GOING TO HURT
'A writer of immense wit and charm.' PAUL SINHA, ITV's THE CHASE
'Ian is one of my favourite writers; this is hilarious and a great mystery too.' JANEY GODLEY
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE ENTHRALLING FOLLET VALLEY SERIES, BY TV/RADIO REGULAR IAN MOORE
Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the fictional Val de Follet in the Loire Valley. Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that’s the way he likes it.
One day, however, one of his older guests disappears, leaving behind a bloody handprint on the wallpaper. Another guest, the exotic Valérie, persuades a reluctant Richard to join her in investigating the disappearance.
Richard remains a dazed passenger in the case until things become really serious and someone murders Ava Gardner, one of his beloved hens... and you don’t mess with a fellow’s hens!
Unputdownable mystery set in rural France, by TV/radio regular and bestselling author Ian Moore – perfect for fans of Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club
Everyone is wanting mort! – praise for Death and Croissants:
‘Death and Croissants is a far funnier book than a story about a bloody murder has any right to be’. Josh Widdicombe
'This is like two great books in one, a tricksy whodunnit, and a really, really funny story.' Jason Manford
'Good food and a laugh-out-loud mystery. What more could anyone want in these dark times?” Mark Billingham
‘Death and Croissants is such a relentless rollercoaster ride of laughs and twists, it should come with a height restriction and health warning.’ Matt Forde
'Sharp, slick and surprising – like the author himself – Death and Croissants is the Loire Valley’s answer to Murder on the Orient Express. I’d marry him tomorrow (Richard, the protagonist; Ian too).' Cally Beaton
‘Though I disagree with the opinions on muesli and the hen naming system that are in this book, I will let those pass and say that it is funny, pacy and very entertaining! It also has short chapters – I find many modern novels take far too long to get to the next chapter, but there's no hanging about here’. Robin Ince
‘I like my mysteries like I like my croissants – full of joy and not able to put them down until I’ve finished them! Ian is a master of wit on stage, and he has translated that to the page brilliantly. I loved this book.’ Zoe Lyons
‘I’ve always been a fan of Ian Moore’s stand up so I was really looking forward to reading this book. And it’s exactly what I hoped for. The same beautifully descriptive use of language, the quiet excellence of the storytelling, the understated wit that catches you unawares.' Ian Stone
'I’d never connected the words “death” and “croissants” before, but now they’re inextricably linked.
A NEW CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY – from the author of bestselling murder mystery Death and Croissants: the most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club
Richard Ainsworth is preparing for the Christmas of his dreams; quiet, no guests at his French B&B and his favourite films on the TV. None of which seems on the cards when his rural peace is shattered by the unexpected arrival of a familiar face.
Valérie d’Orçay has hotfooted it from Paris with chihuahua in tow and an invitation to a Christmas murder hunt game. The bad bit is that he has to dress up as Father Christmas. But worse, he soon realises, this isn't a game at all.
As other guests arrive to join the hunt, can Richard work out who is the victim - and who is the guilty one?
A short, entertaining mystery set in rural France, by TV/radio regular and bestselling author Ian Moore – perfect for fans of Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club, Julia Chapman, or M.C. Beaton.
THIS IS A SHORT STORY
Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space.
Several years later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels and needy hens; he’s wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste and a wife who collects livestock like there’s a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not to dirty his loafers.
But despite the ups, downs and increasing demands of Ian’s showbiz career, the Moore family persevere in true Brit style to create a unique, colourful and ultimately rewarding life in their new home – à la campagne and à la mod!