The Paris Mystery by Kirsty Manning is a historical, murder mystery. It is a fictional story set in Paris in 1938 shortly before the war. This is the first book in the Charlie James series.
Charlotte James is an Australian journalist who prefers to be known as Charlie. With her divorce nearly finalised, Charlie is looking for a new beginning.
She applies for and gets her dream job as a correspondent for the Times, based in Paris.
Her boss is expecting a male journalist. The pressure is on Charlie to get a “scoop” quickly and prove to her boss that she can do the job as well as, if not better than the male reporters.
Even though war is on the horizon, Paris is all glitter and glamour, balls and parties, fashion and couture houses. The rich and famous are all gathered there.
Violet, a co-worker, introduces Charlie to Lord and Lady Ashworth. Charlie is invited to Lady Ashworth’s annual ball. This year is a circus theme with jugglers, burlesque dancers, jazz bands, fireworks, and 200 of Paris’s richest people.
Charlie plans on writing a brilliant social interest report. That is until – an important guest is murdered!
Charlie will stop at nothing to get the murder story, even if it means working with the police and solving the murder herself. She soon discovers the victim had many enemies, the social set have many secrets and there are many suspects.
This book has plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing just who the murderer is right up to the very end.
The historical events and people in Paris at this time add another dimension to the story. The cover of the book is very striking.
This is easy to read, with interesting and likeable characters plus a murder to be solved. All this makes it a book that’s very hard to put down.
I can’t wait to see what Charlie, journalist and crime detective gets up to in her next book. Thank you to Allen and Unwin and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read The Paris Mystery.
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