'Shorthand typist required by English speaker in the South of France. Live-in, full board plus salary commensurate with experience.'
Iris Turner, an unworldly young Englishwoman, arrives in the French Riviera to take up a secretarial role for the mysterious Hammond Brooke. Living in a small, exclusive hotel among eccentric and unpredictable aristocrats and struggling to gain her employer’s trust, she soon realises that nothing is as it seems.
Initiated into the mysterious world of perfume, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and deception. Gradually discovering the truth, she gains a new understanding of the meaning of love, loyalty and betrayal.
By the bestselling author of The Olive Sisters, this is a captivating and evocative novel full of surprising twists and turns.
'Hampson has created a vivid world and colourful characters … a tale with verve, sharp observations and humour.’ Sarah Turnbull, author of Almost French
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in the '50s on the French Riviera—where Englishwoman Iris Turner has landed an unlikely position as a private typist—The French Perfumer relishes the naïve voice of its 35-year-old narrator. But what starts as a fish-out-of-water story evolves into romance and suspense as Iris scratches beneath the surface of her strange new employer’s household. Sydney author Amanda Hampson evokes the charming, multitiered character work of her idol, Agatha Christie, creating her own twisting tale of secrets exposed.