Meet Fen Churche, as she steps off the night train with the sun rising over Paris. Cat whisperer, crossword puzzler… accidental detective?
Autumn, 1945. Fen cannot wait to see her beloved godmother Rose, who has invited Fen to stay with her in the city of lights. As she arrives, Fen is dreaming of strolls by the Seine, taking tea at the Eiffel Tower and above all French feasts with Rose where they can trade stories of how they survived the terrifying war years.
But Fen has barely made friends with Rose’s bad-tempered poodle when she returns to the apartment to find her godmother murdered, a paintbrush stuck in her neck. Suddenly Fen is thrown into the middle of a truly puzzling mystery. Who on earth would want to murder Rose, a gentle artist and generous friend?
A blackmail letter convinces Fen that the police have got everything wrong and Fen knows she has to solve the case just like one of her crosswords, one clue at a time. As she meets her godmother’s friends, she makes a surprising discovery: Rose was part of the Resistance during the war…
When a second body turns up, another of Rose’s wartime contacts, Fen must act fast. But as the killer turns their sights on Fen, does she have what it takes to solve this mysterious murder and get justice for her darling godmother?
You won’t be able to put down this utterly addictive historical cozy mystery! The absolutely perfect treat if you love Agatha Christie, Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.
I absolutely love finding new writers that I adore, and I could not wait to read this historical murder mystery. I’m delighted to be able to share my review of this intelligent and witty read that drew me in from the very first paragraph and kept me entertained and amused by its setting and characters until its very final page.
A crime novel featuring railways, a historical setting and some blackmail and dastardly deeds to boot – I mean, what’s not to love? These were some of the many reasons that I was drawn to Night Train To Paris and why I’m so grateful to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to participate in this blog tour
I love immersing myself in a setting and feeling like I’ve actually spent time in the place whilst I’m reading and this book really achieves this as you feel like you are there witnessing the events in Paris right there alongside Fen and Rose – I know it’s already been said plenty of times – But it really made me hopeful that this eccentric and lively read will be part of a lengthy series of books that I can enjoy on the silver screen shortly- I am already casting Fen in my mind’s eye…
Because you’re definitely in a safe pair of hands, with a writer who clearly knows and loves her subject matter and can craft a perfect cosy crime tale, you feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and spend a few days in the company of these unorthodox criminologists. I really felt like I could imagine this vividly realised world and found it very difficult to detach myself from it to come back to a mundane world of washing dishes and planning lessons.
It was lovely to lose myself in this cosy crime read after a few months where I’ve been mostly reading contemporary writing and non-fiction. It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real Crime Fiction mission and have been drawn to exploring a few Agatha Christie’s after seeing the recent stunning edition of Death On The Nile and losing myself in another of my favourite era’s darker sides. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to lose a single element of the twists and turns of this original spin on cosy crime, but you should prepare to be both moved, entertained and charmed by the idiosyncrasies of this group of crimefighters who go all-out to show that when it comes to solving mysteries, the past can definitely have a huge impact on the present and sometimes the most surprising clues can turn out to be pivotal…
The host of engaging characters and their complementary character quirks in this charming and entertaining read allowed me to escape from everything COVID and just focus on the twists and turns of the mystery. The way that Fen’s ideas and theories interconnect and collide with one another was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’ as you wonder whatever is going to happen next and how her unorthodox crime-busting techniques will win the day.
This was the perfect second-Lockdown read for me – and if you’re growing despondent with this never ending series of restrictions and feel like everything is too much for you and you just want an escape from it all – then this would be a perfect book to lose yourself in. Fans of the cosy crime genre and Paris alike will have hours of entertainment trying to solve the mystery for themselves whilst managing to raise a smile and a theory or two themselves as they go.
If you love an humorous and intelligent read with memorable characters and a setting that you’ll absolutely fall for then this is the read for you. I definitely enjoyed this book just as much as I’d been expecting to and I’m sure that it would appeal to lots of my Book club readers too. Buy yourself a copy here and enjoy this trip into the world of cosy crime for yourself
Writer On The Shelf
Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business.
Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.