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The Bones of Paris

by

Laurie R. KING

Release date: September 10, by Random House/Bantam

432 pages

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The Bones of Paris: review and giveaway. I love France #66

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The Bones of Paris

by

Laurie R. KING

Release date: September 10, by Random House/Bantam

432 pages

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book as an ARC copy for free from  the publisher
in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France New Authors 2013     

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

rating systemAs I had never read anything by Laurie R. King, participating in this virtual book tour was a great opportunity to discover a great and famous author, through this historical mystery.

The Bones of Paris is not a short mystery to have fun for a few hours. It is a very dense book, very well written. it will grab you and will not let you go, it will drag you in the most noir and macabre places of Paris in the 1920s. You will feel horrified at times, but beware, you will not be able to resist the pull.

I enjoyed the main character of Harris, an American in Paris, and followed him through the city, through Pigalle, Montparnasse, Montmartre, trying to figure out what happened to Philippa, who’s been missing. Then, more people are missing…
With Harris, I hoped against hope, but I discovered something very different than what he and I the reader, expected through him.

I was also intrigued about his relation to a certain Bennett; details got clearer little by little.

The greatness of the book is more than just mystery and a fantastic sense of suspense. It is also within the background of the rich cultural life in Paris, at a time when the American presence was booming in the French capital city.
You get plunged in the world of cafés and prostitutes, and meet extraordinary artists, such as the famous photographer Man Ray, and are led gradually to their very gruesome art, an art very popular in France between the two world wars. That’s the height of the Dada and surrealist movements, remember.

You will visit fascinating and intriguing places in Paris, such as the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (closed in 1962) and the Catacombes,  that you may have visited for real.

It was also a fun bonus to meet Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and Sylvia Beach, running the famous English bookstore, Shakespeare & Company – I visited it last year and posted some pictures.

The Bones of Paris is actually the 2nd volume with Harris, but it works perfectly as a stand-alone. Here is about the 1st volume, Touchstone, in case you are intrigued.

If you love mysteries, historical fiction, and books set in Paris, well, why are you adding this book to your already too long TBR? You need to read this book now! And I definitely plan to read more books by Laurie R. King

QUOTATIONS

Additionally, I enjoyed very much some descriptions of the city. See for instance:

The raindrops grew smaller, then slowed. As the sky cleared, the full moon pressed against the house, cool light whispering a path along the threads of the bedroom carpet. page 3

In general, Americans were an entertaining lot, what with their boundless energy and complete lack of subtlety –although like any Parisian, there were times when he viewed the Yanqui invasion with as little enthusiasm as he would a  herd of bison loosed in the Trocadéro. page 144

Wednesday evening, the full moon began to push through clouds above the city of light. It nosed into the city’s dark corners, danced on the Seine, played with the spires of stone and steel. caused the blood to stir in reply. page 264

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

 Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, consistently writes richly detailed and thoroughly suspenseful novels that bring a distant time and place to brilliant life. Now, in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens.

Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator’s dream—he’s getting paid to troll the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. The American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de bohème, despite having worked for years at the U.S. Bureau of Investigation. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting. Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down. He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up-and-coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on everyrue and boulevard.

As Stuyvesant follows Philippa’s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous—and infamous—inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company’s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray. But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn. At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: depravity as art, savage human nature on stage.

Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket. Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de grâce is to be rendered in blood. And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer . . . sifting through The Bones of Paris. [provided by the publisher]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Mary Russell mysteries,
five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli,
and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone.
She lives in Northern California
where she is currently at work on her next novel.

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I love France #44: Book review: Murder Below Montparnasse

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Murder Below Montparnasse

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #13)

by

Cara BLACK

336 pages

Published by  Soho Crime on March 5, 2013

Murder Below Montparnasse

Ebook received from Soho Crime,
via Edelweiss

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France 2013 Ebook Challenge

New Authors 2013 Whats in a name 6

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Last year, my husband asked me if I knew about any modern day French detective stories. Honestly, nothing was coming to mind. So I looked around, and the name of Cara Black came up, with her heroine investigator Aimée Leduc. I thought it was cool that the names of all her mysteries had un arrondissement de Paris in the title. I didn’t have time to read any back then, but kept the name in the back of my mind. When I saw Murder Below Montparnasse, the latest (#13  already, which adds 12 books to my TBR in one shot!!) in the series, offered by Edelweiss, I knew it was time to meet Aimée.

I’m so glad I finally discovered Aimée Leduc. She is a very sharp private detective, and also very feminine, very much part of current society, and bien dans sa peau, well, as long as she does not think too much of her mother, a tough case.

Indeed she has to face some family issues in this new mystery she has to solve, as her mother happened to have some dubious connections with some political and art milieus; she might even be very instrumental in the killing Aimée is investigating.

I liked very much all the varied layers of this mystery, with arts and politics; the description of Paris grim areas is very evocative and fascinating. I found the book well written and for sure the suspense keeps you going, as you face what looks like a thief being himself victim of a theft. And with Aimée, you have to figure out who is her friend, and who is in the other camp.

This is not a cozy mystery, there are some rather bloody scenes, but definitely not over the top.

If you love mysteries and Paris, you really need to meet with Aimée Leduc. And now I’ll try to keep up and read the previous installments!
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT

A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting one yet.When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself. Repeatedly.But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen, leaving Aimée smelling a rat. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. To top it all off, it looks like Aimée isn’t the only one looking for the painting. Some very dangerous people are threatening her and her coworkers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother, who is on Interpol’s most wanted list, has to do with all this—fingers crossed she wasn’t Yuri’s murderer, despite clues pointing in that direction.Obviously, Rene doesn’t need to worry. Aimee has things under control.[Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Cara BlackCara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew. She’s included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd edition published in the UK. Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER – nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel – were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER came out in the UK in 2010. Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores. The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008. MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

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