Today I have a historical mystery/suspense offering – with several clever twists and set in pre-war Paris. Additionally – there is a fabulous giveaway open to US residents for a hardcover copy of the book. Now – I have up to 5 copies on offer depending on entries – so enter and tell your friends – the more entries, the more copies! Also, be sure to click on the France Book Tour Banner at the bottom of the post to be redirected to the other stops on the tour.
Set in 1929 Paris and weaving through the expat community and back alleys of the city, Laurie R. King brings the Jazz age and the pre-war city to life with her lovely descriptions, clever asides, literary giants and enough twists and turns to craft a compelling mystery. Hired to find Philippa (or Pip) a rather spoiled and rich American woman who has disappeared, Harris expects she will turn up in the arms or bed of one of the many bourgeoisie or artistic denizens of Montparnasse.
As we travel with Harris, King has managed to present the descriptions of the place and the people he encounters with a wholly new and yet familiar and comfortable essence, bringing them to life and light in a way that is both unique and beautiful. Although, as the search for Pip intensifies, and the trail seems to dead end at Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre. From there the story becomes decidedly darker and more ominous; the beauty of the scene is often dimmed by the seedy undercurrent of murder, perversion and deviance at any price.
Now, there are a few faults in this story, but nothing that dimmed my compulsion to read on. As the second in the series, there were some misses in my understanding previous relationships formed with characters. The perpetrator of this murder was easy to identify, but the twists taken to both prove a murder and prevent others were entirely compelling and created a sense of tension, missing in the initial search for Pip.
What does come alive is the beautiful prose used to create visual imagery for the reader, the feel of the period and the absolute ability for Laurie R. King to transport the reader back in time, to a new and unfamiliar place that feels wholly possible and real.
I received an ARC from the publisher for purpose of honest review with France Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense
Author: Laurie R. King
Format: Hardcover and Audiobook
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Historical
Series: You may wish to read Touchstone by this author
Best Read in Order: not required but helpful
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Giveaway: The publisher has very graciously allowed me to offer a giveaway to my readers for a hardcover copy of this title. (I have up to 5 copies to offer- so your chances of winning are very high!) It is open to US residents only (must have a US mailing address), and the book will come directly from Bantam. Enter in the widget, and please share with your friends who may like this title.
About the Book:
Author of the 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.
About the Author:
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.