Death and Croissants by Ian Moore



‘Bloody and funny. In fact, bloody funny!’ ALAN CARR

‘A very funny page-turner. Fantastique!’ ADAM KAY, 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


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 Croissantsis 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. It’s a rollicking qui-dunnit with as many twists as the Loire itself’. Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French

‘I love this book: it’s so vivid and bright. I’m instantly in France with a glass of wine in my hand when I pick it up. It’s so funny, so different and like being on holiday and watching a classic film all at once.’ Laura Lexx, Comedian and author of Klopp Actually

‘Just like the Loire’s other great export, Sancerre, Ian Moore’s prose is reassuringly dry, beautifully constructed, and deeply satisfying. Marty Wilson, Australian Comic of the Year

Death and Croissants
Author: Ian Moore
ISBN: 9781788423564
Pages: 304
Publication date: 1 July 2021