‘A Dead American In Paris’, the second book in the Salazar Mysteries series was published in paperback on the 9th April 2018 by Fahrenheit Press and is also available as an eBook. I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this blog blitz today along with two fellow book bloggers. I would like to thank the lovely Emma Welton of damppebbles.com for inviting me to take part. Thank you also to the publisher and Emma for my review copy.
You will find out in a bit what I thought about this book. First though here’s what it’s about.
Arty Homebrook lived and died in a world of sleaze which stretched from Chicago to Paris but never beyond the gutter.
He’d been sleeping with Madame Fulton, which is why Harry Fulton promised to kill him. So far as the Paris Police are concerned it’s an open and shut case. Harry’s father has other ideas and hires Salazar to investigate.
As Salazar gets to grips with the case he’s dragged reluctantly into an unpleasant underworld of infidelity, blackmail, backstreet abortions and murder.
Salazar is far too inquisitive to walk away and far too stubborn to know what’s for the best. So he wakes up each hungover morning, blinks into the sunlight, and presses on until it’s his life on the line. Then he presses on some more, just for the hell of it.
I haven’t actually read the first book in the Salazar Mysteries series, but this really didn’t spoil things for me, although I did wonder about one or two things. ‘A Dead American In Paris’ can definitely be read as a standalone novel. I really liked the way this story was set out and the author’s style of writing was great. The chapters aren’t numbered but they are very clearly marked so you know what the date is.
This story takes place in Paris over ten days and in that time a lot happens. Salazar has been hired by Fulton Senior whose son has been arrested, accused of murdering Homebrook. Whilst investigating Salazar gets far more than he bargained for. Although not squeamish some of what he came across was too much even for him. It’s no wonder he drank. The author has described in great detail the gruesome scenes giving the reader a good picture. Luckily they didn’t put me off.
As Salazar makes enquiries he discovers that Homebrook really wasn’t a very nice person. It’s no wonder that someone killed him and it seems that many people would have had a good reason to.
At times I did think to myself why can’t that be emailed over to Salazar instead of posted, only to remember that it was when there was no such thing as the internet or mobile phones. I was left a bit aghast by the ending but could see why Salazar did what he did.
‘A Dead American in Paris’ is fast-paced and gripping and I do recommend it to fans of crime fiction. Would I read more books by this author? Definitely.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
About Seth Lynch
Born and brought up in the West of England, Seth has also lived in Carcassonne, Zurich and the Isle of Man.
With two daughters, his writing time is the period spent in cafés as the girls do gym, dance and drama lessons.
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Buy Seth Lynch’s book direct from Fahrenheit Press:
A Citizen of Nowhere (Salazar Book 1): http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_a_citizen_of_nowhere.html
A Dead American in Paris (Salazar Book 2): http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_a_dead_american_in_paris.html
The Paris Ripper (Chief Inspector Belmont Book 1): http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_the_paris_ripper.html