Elle Jauffret 

Lawyer ~ Writer ~ Foodie  

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Elle Jauffret is a French-born American lawyer, writer, former jurist for the French Embassy, and former criminal attorney for the California Attorney General's Office. She is a graduate of Université Côte d’Azur Law School (France) and the George Washington University School of Law (USA), and is a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime. 

Elle Jauffret
is a French-born American attorney and writer. She holds a Master of Laws from Université Côte d’Azur Law School (France) and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School (USA). She worked as a jurist for the French Embassy, as a criminal attorney for the California Attorney General's office, and chaired the Pediatric Literacy Program at the Walter Reed Medial Center (the U.S. Presidents’ hospital) where her US Navy husband was stationed. She is a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime and she is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime (National), and International Thriller Writers. She is an avid consumer of mystery and adventure stories in all forms, especially escape rooms. She lives in California with her family and considers both California and Maryland her home.


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(Suddenly French, Book 1)
Author: Elle Jauffret
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: November 12, 2024
Genre: Mystery/Crime
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Retail Price:  $TBD (USD)

High-profile D.C. criminal attorney, Claire Fontaine, is leaving the legal world behind to become a private chef after a criminal explosion destroyed her law firm and left her with a French Foreign Accent Syndrome. In order to heal and reassess her life, she returns to San Diego, California to cater for a fashion TV show on the request of a rising designer friend, only to find said friend dead. Determined to uncover the truth, Claire teams up with childhood best friend Suggie Oh and clashes with Detective Ben Torres who happens to be her new roommate.  

This debut novel combines elements of classic mystery, crime, and character-driven drama. It offers an intriguing and complex murder case that keeps readers guessing and provides private insights in the fashion industry, political campaign, and the law. It also delves into what it means to navigate life with an accent, challenging perceptions of Americanness.

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Dive into a world where mystery meets identity in THREADS OF DECEPTION. The novel introduces an American sleuth with a French accent, turning the conventions of crime-solving on their head. It's not just about solving cases; it's about unraveling the complexities of identity and challenging preconceived notions.
Unraveling Enigmas, Unveiling Identity
Meet our protagonist, an American sleuth with a French twist. As she navigates through a series of perplexing mysteries, she finds herself entangled in a different kind of puzzle – the daily struggle against the assumptions that surround her accent. “THREADS OF DECEPTION” is a journey into the depths of American identity, where solving crimes is only the tip of the iceberg.
What Does an American Sound Like?
In a world where accents shape perceptions, our sleuth challenges the very definition of what an American should sound like. “THREADS OF DECEPTION” asks poignant questions about identity, belonging, and the power of preconceptions. Get ready for a narrative that delves into the rich tapestry of diversity within the American experience.
Beyond Borders, Beyond assumptions
Our sleuth transcends borders, and so does the impact of her story. “THREADS OF DECEPTION”  is more than a novel; it's a mirror reflecting the challenges faced by those whose accents don't fit the expected mold. Through the lens of a suspenseful mystery, the novel sparks a conversation about breaking free from stereotypes and embracing the richness of individual voices.
Solving Crimes, Redefining Norms
Join our sleuth on a thrilling journey of crime-solving and self-discovery. With every clue she unravels, she also peels back the layers of societal expectations. “THREADS OF DECEPTION” challenges readers to question assumptions, redefine norms, and appreciate the beauty of a diverse American identity.
What If Your Voice Was the Clue?
In a genre-defying twist, “THREADS OF DECEPTION” invites readers to ponder a thought-provoking question: What if your voice held the key to solving not just crimes but the mysteries of identity? Engage with a novel that prompts you to rethink the very fabric of what it means to sound American.


Why did you give your protagonist an accent?
I wanted to challenge stereotypes about American identity and to counter the misconception that individuals with accents or speech disorders are less intelligent—in a lighthearted way. Claire, my protagonist, a born and raised American, suffers from a rare speech disorder called “foreign accent syndrome” which leads others to mistake her for a foreign tourist (the French origin of her first and last name doesn’t help). Through her experiences, I aim to highlight the struggles faced by individuals with accents or speech disorders and prompt readers to rethink assumptions about American identity and intelligence. Claire serves as a unique lens to explore societal expectations and resilience in the face of preconceptions.
Why French?
As a former criminal attorney with a French accent myself, I thought my personal experiences, often humorous, would give authenticity to my character and her stories.
How would you compare Claire Fontaine, your novel’s protagonist, to other famous detectives?
Claire shares the same accent as Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie), speaks in a distinctive manner like Columbo (TV series), and must overcome stereotypes and preconceived notions about her competence like Veronica Mars (TV series of the same name) and Adrian Monk (TV series “Monk”). Similarly to Temperance Brennan (TV series “Bones”), she has a professional but somewhat contentious working relationship with a (sexy) cop.



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