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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
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap
This is the third book in Ms. Dunlap’s “A Theresa Schurman Mystery” series. A splendid tale that follows Theresa Schuman a young Viennese violinist. who happens to a penchant for solving mysteries.
On the advice of Captain Von Bauer, The Emperor Joseph II, tasked young Theresa Schurman, to venture into Paris to uncover the source that is spreading vile malicious pamphlets against his sister Marie Antoinette. Leaving behind a would be love interest, Zoltan–a Hungarian baron. Independent Theresa Schurman takes this newest daring assignment in stride.
Upon arriving Paris Theresa becomes anxious, when her expectations of this newest assigned adventure throws her into out of her comfort zone. She displays incredible fortitude and becomes acclimated to her environment.
She is placed as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, a well known milliner to the queen. Whose shop is the center of the world of fashion in Paris.
In a series of events Theresa Schurman finds herself in Madame de Montesson, Duc d’Orléans’ second wife, a rivaling branch of the royal family. Where she situated in an ideal place to unearth who is behind the treacherous slander of the Queen of France. When treachery and deception leads to mayhem. Theresa must move fast before someone else becomes a victim.
An absorbing book of espionage set during pre revolutionary France. With vibrant historical characters that leap of the pages. Along with the authors own imaginative creations. Dunlap approaches discrimination head on in a heartfelt way. We see the struggles of the historical figure Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an exceptional mulatto swordsman, who is also a phenomenal violin virtuoso.
I am always impressed with this authors seamless narration, that pulls you into her incredible storyline. Her characters are three dimensional and you become invested into their struggles and emotions. Her attention to critical details catapults into the riveting intriguing world of times leading up to the climactic French Revolution.
A beautifully executed installment into a well conceived historical fiction series. The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap is both stirring and a delight to read.
Check out the other two books in this Series
The Musician’s Daughter
The Mozart Conspiracy
About the Author
Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that’s a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!
In her spare time she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, October 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Monday, October 5
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Tuesday, October 6
Review at YA, It’s Lit
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
Saturday, October 17
Review at Reading is My Remedy
During the Blog Tour, one lucky reader will win signed copies of all 3 books in the Theresa Schurmann Mystery series! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.