The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap
Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783.
Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses at Versailles, and more, when nothing could be further from the truth. On the advice of the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer, Joseph II–emperor of Austria and Marie Antoinette’s brother–decides that mystery-solving violinist Theresa Schurman is the ideal candidate for a spy to discover the source of these vile slanders.
Theresa is only too glad to get away from Vienna for a while, unwilling to commit herself yet to marrying Zoltan–a Hungarian baron she met when she was fifteen–and running out of reasons to postpone her decision. She is eager, too, to explore a new musical scene and broaden her artistic education. But when the captain confounds her expectations and places her as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, milliner to the queen, she begins to lose hope that she will ever achieve her musical aims–or the emperor’s goal of exposing the pamphleteers.
A chance encounter with the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary black violinist and expert swordsman, sets Theresa on the path to unraveling the mystery. But will the chevalier’s patron, the powerful duc de Chartres, confound her efforts and put her–and the captain’s–lives in danger?
Be prepared for music, mystery, love, and murder in this riveting tale of pre-revolutionary Paris.
“The settings and situations are enchanting and varied; Dunlap is adept at on-the-fly description and at lacing intrigue with romance…Dunlap proves an arresting tour guide through this rich milieu, summoning up the past without slowing down the storytelling. Author and protagonist alike boast an epigrammatic wit. The touch is light, but the scenery and chatter are sumptuous…Theresa stands as a fascinating protagonist, a woman whose nimble navigation of society’s expectations and several burgeoning romances are exciting and inspiring, even more so than the sleuthing that drives the novel’s plot. The people she encounters are likewise memorable, complex, and surprising, especially the chevalier…This sparkling historical mystery conjures up the salons, fashion, and gossip of Marie Antoinette’s Paris, with a winning emphasis on the power of music and the roles that society allowed women.” – The BookLife Prize
Not being familiar with the Theresa Schurman books or author Susanne Dunlap, I was very excited to start reading The Pairs Affair! The description said to get ready for a number of things, including music, mystery, love, and murder. All are a collection of things that I absolutely love and I know that fans of YA historical fiction/mysteries will be all in on this novel!
Theresa is a fascinating lady detective with charm, charisma, and an air of sophistication that enables her to walk through French society with ease! She is complex, confident, and an amazing heroine. I loved her relationships with the Captain, the Chevalier, and her charming friend Sophie. The interwoven friendships, romantic interests, and business entanglements make for a captivating story.
I thoroughly enjoyed the backdrop of Paris, a few years before the revolution. The reader experiences all levels of 18th century French society through Theresa’s eyes! Readers will also note the beautiful descriptions of fabulous French landmarks and destinations. This novel went very quickly for me, as I ate it up in one sitting! As with many historical fiction/spy novels, this story does feature some action, but not so much that it detracts from the mystery at hand!
This has a beautiful cover and an engaging case of characters that many are sure to love! I would recommend this to YA readers looking for something set in 18th century France! Also, this is the third book in this series, but I had no trouble reading it as a standalone. I felt I found Theresa’s voice very quickly and oriented myself easily. Pick up a copy of this novel and Susanne Dunlap’s other works today!
A huge thank you to the author for sending me a copy of The Paris Affair! Another huge thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for having me along for this tour!
About the Author
In her spare time she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.
For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.
Blog Tour ScheduleWednesday, September 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary
Thursday, October 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Friday, October 2
Feature at I’m Into Books
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Monday, October 5
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Tuesday, October 6
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Wednesday, October 7
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, October 8
Excerpt at Turn The Page
Friday, October 9
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Sunday, October 11
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Monday, October 12
Review at Nursebookie
Tuesday, October 13
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 14
Review at Book Bustle
Thursday, October 15
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Friday, October 16
Review at Passages to the Past
Guest Post at The Intrepid Reader
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