The Amazon's Girdle

By Elizabeth Mapstone

Crime & mystery, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


Paris 1977. When Queen of French Cinema, Madeleine Marvell, comes to lunch, she reveals that schoolgirl Charlotte's life is based on a lie, and tells her to ask her father about “the Amazone”. Neither parent will explain, so Charlotte is determined to uncover the truth. Who is the Amazon? And why did she die? A doctor and a crippled QC in a Cornish village, an academic in London, Resistance fighters in World War II, film stars of the fifties, and a Michelin-starred restaurant; all are entangled in this mystery. And then Charlotte discovers evidence of murder...



Elizabeth Mapstone was born in England and has lived in France, Belgium and Canada. She is a bilingual veteran of numerous occupations, having worked in restaurants, offices, shops, and been a news reporter, radio interviewer, teacher, translator, political commentator, book reviewer, and theatre critic. A new mid-life career began with a doctorate from Oxford, and she became Founding Editor of The Psychologist, then a psychotherapist, and published two books with Random House imprints for the general reader: War of Words, on the psychology of arguing; and a self-help book that really works, Stop Dreaming, Start Living. Now retired, she is writing fiction, has published several short stories, and once won the Luigi Bonomi prize for the best opening pages to a novel.


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Elizabeth Mapstone was born in England and has lived in France, Belgium and Canada. She is a bilingual veteran of numerous occupations, having worked in restaurants, offices, shops, and been a news reporter, radio interviewer, teacher, translator, political commentator, book reviewer, and theatre critic. A new mid-life career began with a doctorate from Oxford, and she became Founding Editor of Th...


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