The Paris Mystery

The Paris Mystery

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Reviewed by Karen (retired Bookseller); The first novel in a new series featuring Australian journalist Charlotte (Charlie) James.  Set in 1938 Paris, Charlie is making a fresh start as correspondent for the times & is determined to prove herself in a very male dominated occupation.

A murder mystery, high society with all the glamour, fashion, entertainment & characters of pre-war Parisian society.  A very enjoyable an entertaining read.

In a city that flouts all the rules, journalist Charlie James has come to Paris to break news and, even more importantly, to break with her past.

'A glittering party, a dead body, and a room full of alluring suspects, this book is everything you are looking for. With deft light strokes, Kirsty Manning takes the reader on an Agatha Christie-style journey in 1930s Paris, led by infallible hero, journalist Charlie James. The Paris Mystery will transport, titillate and ultimately, satisfy. Run don't walk to get your copy!' - Sally Hepworth, author of The Younger Wife

Paris, 1938. The last sigh of summer before the war.

As Australian journalist Charlotte 'Charlie' James alights at the Gare du Nord, ready to start her role as correspondent for The Times, Paris is in turmoil as talk of war becomes increasingly strident.
Charlie is chasing her first big scoop, needing to prove to her boss that she can do this job as well as, if not better than, her male counterparts. And the best way to forge the necessary contacts quickly is to make the well-connected expats, Lord and Lady Ashworth, her business. Lady Eleanor knows everyone who counts and at her annual sumptuously extravagant party, Charlie will meet them all.

On the summer solstice eve, the party is in full swing with the cream of Parisian society entranced by burlesque dancers, tightrope walkers, a jazz band and fireworks lighting the night skies. But as Charlie is drawn into the magical world of parties, couture houses and bohemian wine bars, secrets start to unravel, including her own. Putting a foot wrong could spell death ...

In this magnificent new beginning to the joyful Charlie James series, Manning beguiles with glamour and mystery set in pre-war Paris.

Historical fiction, Crime and mystery fiction


Kirsty Manning

320 pages

H: 234mm W: 153mm

Weight: 388 grams