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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
Bitter Draughts by Yves Fey is the sequel to Floats the Dark Shadow. The author transports the reader to 1898 in Paris where Theodora Faraday and Detective Michel Devaux find themselves in the heart of murder, gang wars, and anti-Semitic riots caused by the Dreyfus Affair. Theo is an aspiring artist who battles the stigma of women having careers, her feelings for her former lover, and her growing feelings for Michel. She finds herself caught between crime lords and the French police after she is forced to kill her friend. Michel is battling his own demons; his need to escape his past in the Foreign Legion after hunting down and killing his evil cousin Luc. While Michel is trying to solve two bizarre murders, his Legionnaire friend Zeb appears on the scene. They rekindle their friendship, but the unknown always surrounds Zeb and his past. In this intricately woven novel involving the occult, prejudice, organized crime, and art, the reader will find themselves transported back in time and on the edge of their seat, wondering if Michel will solve the murders before another assassination takes place.
Bitter Draughts is an exceptionally well-constructed novel highlighting the lives of many people in the social strata of France in 1898. Yves Fey has penned a captivating novel with intricately linked characters involved in a tangled web of crime lords, murder, anti-Semitic riots, kidnapping, lies, and the hidden passions of love and sex. As each new character is introduced the reader will develop a vision of the individual, right down to a crazy cat woman who knows and sees most of what occurs on the back streets of Paris. Fey’s plot and story development are to be applauded. As the book progresses the storyline becomes a complex web, but the reader will be drawn into the story and will not want to come up for air. The scenes give the reader a solid sense of what life was like in historical France when the famous Moulin Rouge was operational. I was totally captivated by this book and highly recommend you pick up your copy today. Congratulations to Yves Fey on a very successful, entertaining book.