The Books of the Dead: A Death in Paris Mystery

Emilia Bernhard. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-64385-157-0
On a hot summer afternoon, witty and erudite poet–cum–banker’s wife Rachel Levis, the heroine of Bernhard’s spirited sequel to 2018’s Death in Paris, stops at a Paris bar looking for a refreshing spritz. Instead, she finds a body in the restroom. This leaves her with the perplexing problem of whom to call first: her husband, best friend, or “Capitaine Boussicault, the policeman she knew from the last time she’d encountered a murder.” The victim turns out to be a much-despised librarian in the rare books and manuscripts reading room of the Bibliothèque Nationale. Boussicault asks Rachel to go undercover at the library in order to find potential suspects and motives. She soon stumbles on another series of crimes, involving the theft of illustrations from antiquarian publications. Are the murder and the thefts connected, and if so, how? Bernhard keeps the reader guessing right up to the surprising finale. This mystery has it all: authentic Parisian local color, fully realized characters, amusing dialogue, and a satisfyingly complex plot. Agent: Laura MacDougall, United Agents (U.K.). (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/25/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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