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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap, we are introduced to young protagonist Theresa Schurman, a nineteen-year-old sleuth and violinist from Austria. Theresa had recently foiled a plan to assassinate Emperor Joseph II of Austria and thought she would have a break. Unfortunately, the Emperor has another idea in mind, and she is sent to Paris to get to the bottom of the hurtful slander about his sister, Queen Marie Antoinette. The court and the city were full of gossip and horrible lies and it was Theresa’s job to get to the bottom of it. Set up in a local brothel and given a job at Mademoiselle Bertin’s atelier, milliner to the Queen herself, it is Theresa’s job to infiltrate the surrounding social cliques and find out where the horrendous rumors started.
Being a huge fan of historical fiction, The Paris Affair was a great read for me. I found myself very fascinated and drawn into Theresa and her mission given to her by the Austrian emperor. Her character was well-thought-out and easy to relate to and like. The overall plot is really gripping and easy to follow. You can tell that the author took the time to research Marie Antoinette and the princes and princesses of the blood, which is always a plus for me particularly when I read a historical fiction novel. I have always had a fascination with the royal families of Europe so The Paris Affair was a joy to read. I will definitely be looking for more of Susanne Dunlap’s works.