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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Death in Paris (Màiri Maguire Cozy Mysteries) by Kate Darroch is a superb Paris-based murder mystery with a swift, captivating plot and a powerful ending. It is 1970 and close friends Màiri and Lianna are on a short holiday in Paris before traveling to Istanbul where Màiri has taken up a prestigious position at a high school. Shortly after their arrival, a dishonest taxman is murdered and Lianna is accused of the crime. Convinced of her friend’s innocence and determined to see Lianna released, Màiri sets out to discover who the killer is. With Major Ellis Peverel’s support and her excellent observation skills, Màiri gets closer to the truth. But a group of criminals is after her and a key suspect is concealing important clues regarding the murder.
I loved how well Màiri’s background in Glasgow is developed. I found the characters compelling and the story-telling humorous. Màiri and Lianna make an amusing pair and I found their conversations entertaining. I got to understand Màiri better as the lead character through her voice which is used to narrate the events. The story’s pace is fast and the surprising revelations kept coming as I turned each page. I also found the action scenes gripping and loved that the tension in the story is maintained from the beginning to the final page. Kate Darroch's stunning cozy mystery, Death in Paris, is a must-read for fans of the genre who will love its entertaining, realistic characters and riveting mystery. I loved the story and will be looking out for more of Darroch’s books. Highly recommended!