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Monday, January 11, 2021

Night Train to Paris by Fliss Chester

Fen has come back to Paris hoping to put the nightmare of her fiancee's death behind her and also to try to get on with her life. Meeting up with old friends resurrects some of her history in Paris. However when her friend Rose with whom she is staying is found murdered in a brutal fashion, Fen knows that the past is really not behind her. Rose's murder is definitely linked with her work during the War - the tracking and record keeping of all the works of art looted from Jewish homes and then either auctioned off or sent back to Germany. Rose was part of the process of getting the art back to their rightful owners. Now with her murder and Fen investigating it, Fen finds herself in the heart of the complicated history of Paris post war. The story is compelling and matter of fact. All this happened and it is another aspect of the War - the greed which over ran principles of victory over an Fen was come back to Paris hoping to put the nightmare of her fiancee's death behind her and also to try to get on with her life. Meeting up with old friends resurrects some of her history in Paris. However when her friend Rose with whom she is staying is found murdered in a brutal fashion, Fen knows that the past is really not behind her. The story highlights the greed of human nature - where spoils of the victors counted for a lot even though taken from those whom the victors were supposed to despise. Man's inhumanity and savagery to man is also shown in this story. The book is No. 2 in a series but does well as a stand alone. Not just a murder mystery but a great deal of history detailed in this book. Sent by Bookouture for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

This sounds good. I like reading about the attempts to get art and other belongings back to their original owners from that time period. They lost so much. Whether it be the Jewish people during the Holocaust or the Japanese-Americans who were interned in the U.S.A. Of course, this one also appeals to me because it's a murder mystery. :-)