The Bones of Paris



➶ The Bones of Paris Download ✤ Author Laurie R. King – E17streets4all.co.uk In this thrilling new book New York Times bestselling author Laurie R King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series, leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz In this thrilling new book New York Times bestselling author Laurie R King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series, leads readers The Bones eBook È into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizensParis, France SeptemberFor Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator s dream he s getting paid to troll the caf s and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman The American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de boh me, despite having worked for years at the US Bureau of Investigation The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up and coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard As Stuyvesant follows Philippa s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous and infamous inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Th tre du Grand Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn At the Grand Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect depravity as art, savage human nature on stage Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de gr ce is to be rendered in blood And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer sifting through The Bones of Paris.The Bones of Paris

Edgar winning mystery writer Laurie R King writes series and standalone novels Her official forum is THE LRK VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB here on Goodreads The Bones eBook È please join us for book discussing fun King s novel, Island of the Mad, sees Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes travel from London s Bedlam to the glitter of Venice s Lido,where Young Things and the friends of Cole Porter pass Mussolini s Blackshirts in the streets The Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series follows a brilliant young woman who becomes the student, then partner, of the great detective click here for an excerpt of the first in the series, The Beekeeper s Apprentice The Stuyvesant and Grey series Touchstone The Bones of Paris takes place in Europe between the Wars The Kate Martinelli series follows an SFPD detective s cases on a female Rembrandt, a holy fool, andClick for an excerpt of A Grave Talent King lives in northern California, which serves as backdrop for some of her books Please note that Laurie checks her Goodreads inbox intermittently, so it may take some time to receive a reply A quicker response may be possible via email to info laurierking.

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    The Bones of Paris ePUB ´ The Bones eBook È American agent has a healthy appreciation for la vie de boh me, despite having worked for years at the US Bureau of Investigation The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up and coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard As Stuyvesant follows Philippa s trail through the expatriate community of artists and writers, he finds that she is known to many of its famous and infamous inhabitants, from Shakespeare and Company s Sylvia Beach to Ernest Hemingway to the Surrealist photographer Man Ray But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Th tre du Grand Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn At the Grand Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect depravity as art, savage human nature on stage Soon it becomes clear that one missing girl is a drop in the bucket Here, amid the glittering lights of the cabarets, hides a monster whose artistic coup de gr ce is to be rendered in blood And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer sifting through The Bones of Paris."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • The Bones of Paris
  • Laurie R. King
  • English
  • 28 October 2019
  • 0345531760

10 thoughts on “The Bones of Paris

  1. says:

    This could be a classic case of it s not the book it s me but my patience is wearing thin at the moment Even though the writing is excellent and the casual insertion of names like Dashiell Hammett and Hemingway as rising stars in the world of literature and inclusion of Sylvia Beach and Picasso as actual characters surely do muchthan just grab the reader s attention, I am a little disappointed with the snail s pace at which the plot is progressing And in a suspense thriller, the pace i This could be a classic case of it s not the book it s me but my patience is wearing thin at the moment Even though the writing is excellent and the casual insertion of names like Dashiell Hammett and Hemingway as rising stars in the world of literature and inclusion of Sylvia Beach and Picasso as actual characters surely do muchthan just grab the reader s attention, I am a little disappointed with the snail s pace at which the plot is progressing And in a suspense thriller, the pace is of vital importance in my opinion I may get back to this some day when I am in agenerous mood though For now Raymond Chandler has my undivided attention

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    The Bones of Paris A Novel of Suspense opens in Paris in September 1929 Harris Stuyvesant, the former agent of the US Bureau of Investigation later to become the FBI is attempting to shake off the aftershocks of the case in the first book in this series, Touchstone He is hired by the family of Philippa Crosby, a beautiful 22 year old American who has disappeared after living, modeling, acting, and socializing in Montparnesse and also after having a brief fling with Harris, which complicat The Bones of Paris A Novel of Suspense opens in Paris in September 1929 Harris Stuyvesant, the former agent of the US Bureau of Investigation later to become the FBI is attempting to shake off the aftershocks of the case in the first book in this series, Touchstone He is hired by the family of Philippa Crosby, a beautiful 22 year old American who has disappeared after living, modeling, acting, and socializing in Montparnesse and also after having a brief fling with Harris, which complicates his involvement as an investigator As he attempts to discover what happened to Pip, Stuyvesant wends his way through the streets of Paris, meeting artists and other members of the avant garde His investigations lead him to the work of Surrealists such as Man Ray, who meet the devastation of the Great War by exploding the restrictions of rational thought, instead bringing dreams and nightmares to life in their work Is it possible that this artistic movement holds the key to what happened to Pip And did other young women share her fate I am notoriously picky about fictional representations of history one of the dangers of being a historian , but in this case King has as usual done her homework She brings to life the avant garde community of Montparnesse, but does so within a specific cultural and historical context that helps to support her storyline Stuyvesant is a personable protagonist, coming across asuncertain and haunted than he did in Touchstone While Bennett Grey and Sarah Grey make a late appearance in the novel, this is really Stuyvesant s case During the course of his investigation, Stuyvesant interacts with a number of historical figures, including not only Man Ray, but also Sylvia Beach, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Ada Bricktop Smith, among others Normally, this kind of namedropping makes me fidget a bit, but King balances these famous characters out with fictional ones, and inserts the famous characters seamlessly into the world of Montparnesse Stuyvesant also meets Nancy Berger, Pip s roommate, an engaging character who helps to ground the plot and Stuyvesant in the midst of a storyline that becomesandmacabre as the novel goes on The ending of the novel is rather far fetched, but by that point I was so immersed in the world that King creates that I was happy to go along for the ride Recommended for lovers of mysteries and historical fiction who are open to visiting the dark side of surrealism I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review

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    The reading slump marches onward, as do I I almost feel like the poster child for one of those anger management classes where we discuss our feelings and the source of our discontent and why we have problems dealing with our emotional issues and why we can t get along and actually be productive, contributing members to society I don t have a valid reason for my current behavior, other than to say I ve been disappointed and repelled with the current crop of books that has made its way onto my K The reading slump marches onward, as do I I almost feel like the poster child for one of those anger management classes where we discuss our feelings and the source of our discontent and why we have problems dealing with our emotional issues and why we can t get along and actually be productive, contributing members to society I don t have a valid reason for my current behavior, other than to say I ve been disappointed and repelled with the current crop of books that has made its way onto my Kindle Most of it is of my own doing, but I couldn t say no to free books, and I wanted to broaden my horizons a bit with some different reads I d like to apologize in advance as I attempt to control my out of synch behavior and reach that happy place that book loving utopia that I know is out there waiting for me, but alas, I will not find with THE BONES OF PARIS.That s not to say this tale is a bad or horrid or evil or wicked or corrupt read Oh, no, this novel held promise and writing talent and dangled both in front of me like the proverbial carrot, as my jaws snapped at the proffered present, and I clenched nothing but air between my teeth I tried and tried and tried again to end up sucked into a world where Paris, France stood tall and proud and larger than life with characters who felt realistic and hopeful and truthful, and I ended up flat on my back with my legs sticking straight up in the air in a sort of bike pedaling motion.Harris Stuyvesant proved to have one too may sticks up his bunghole, and try as I might, I couldn t pull them all out without removing most of his personality in the process While he was certainly an admirable character, I never felt emotionally connected to him, almost as if he stood at a distance, while I stood at an easel and politely provided a portrait Nancy Berger and Sarah Grey, however, proved muchto my liking and every bit as entertaining as I had hoped poor Harris would be The rest of the cast of characters proved both interesting and a bit off putting in a snooty sort of air that left my feathersthan a bit ruffled.The main plot proved engaging, but the sidebars and sidetracks and subplots and runaway tractor trailers kept me from ever being fully engaged in this tale Instead, I stood on the side of the road with my thumb pointed upward, as this tale passed me by without even a second glance in my direction And for a while the writing was good enough that it didn t matter, but about a third of the way through I began to have my doubts that only snowballed downhill faster than a Model T view spoiler The climax and resolution left methan a bit underwhelmed To have the villain blame the machine for the rather fantastical killing spree seemed just a wee bit much to me And what kind of a name is Le Comte Dominic de Charmentier He sounds as pompous as a proud politician, but yet he s this criminal mastermind that pretty much spouts at the mouth like a fountain telling Bennett Grey the reason for his actions, and then he s going to off himself with his own gun It all seemed a bit too Candy Land for me hide spoiler I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads

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    First Sentence The envelope reached Bennett Grey early Wednesday afternoon There s nothing to equal a powerful opening that contains evocative descriptions which paint mental pictures We feel a connection to Bennett, even though we know nothing about him King has captivated us and ensured our waiting to follow along, even if it is to a sex scented bedroom in Paris Unfortunately, we also soon run into an issue which can be very annoying Apparently, there was a prior book with these characte First Sentence The envelope reached Bennett Grey early Wednesday afternoon There s nothing to equal a powerful opening that contains evocative descriptions which paint mental pictures We feel a connection to Bennett, even though we know nothing about him King has captivated us and ensured our waiting to follow along, even if it is to a sex scented bedroom in Paris Unfortunately, we also soon run into an issue which can be very annoying Apparently, there was a prior book with these characters Touchstone Without having read the first book, one feels rather lost in understanding the character relationships An even greater shortcoming is that neither the back story of the character in the prologue, nor the character himself, appears until much later in this book Rather than being intriguing, it starts to leave the reader feeling lost and dissatisfied, particularly as he is one of the most interesting characters of the book and doesn t reappear until nearly two thirds of the way into the story Stuyvesant is the primary narrator of the story and an interesting one He is a perfect reflection of the period, yet not someone you always like He is the 1920s noir private eye, yet not so tough he is without vulnerability and self doubt The relationship between Harris and Grey s sister Sarah, and the scenes of them together are some of the most powerful of the story King s dialogue has the feel of the period You can almost hear the narrator of a black and white film from the period It s always a shock, when someone caresabout a thing than you do King adeptly plays with the reader s psyche At the same time, she is very good at conveying the persona of whosoever s POV controls each section of the story, and at conveying emotion The list was, in fact, a ringed notebook bulging with anguish and loss King captures Paris beautifully Paris obscured by snow or softened by fog, Paris adrift on fallen blossoms or carpeted in autumn leaves, Paris in the rain, at night, the lights streaking on the pavement She creates a very strong sense of place and, as the art and artists of the time play a significant role to the story and she does include almost every one of them who was in Paris during that time , her descriptions may send one to the internet to learnabout the individuals and their art This also, however, becomes an issue as some of the narrative sections become so long, the reader may start looking for the actual story wondering where the core of the plot has gone I was relieved when we did get back to the story but dismayed when I identified the villain fairly early on While the climactic scene was suspenseful and dramatic, it was also a bit over the top with shades of Edgar Allen Poe The Bones of Paris has some great strengths but also some painful weaknesses It is an interesting book and one I never considered putting down Yet, I can t help but wonder whether a much stronger editor would have solved some of the issues and made it a much better book Please, authors, do use and listen to your editors It s unfortunately, as Ms King is a very good writer and her book Folly will always remain as one of my favorites.THE BONES OF PARIS Hist Mys Susp Harris Stuyvesant Paris 1929 OkayKing, Laurie R.Bantam, 2013

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    I am very disappointed, because I usually love Laurie King s work If one had not read Touchstone, the prequel to Bones of Paris, I cannot imagine developing any good feelings for the main characters at all Fortunately, I read Touchstone immediately before Bones of Paris, so I was familiar with Harris, Sarah, and Bennett, their individual and collective histories, and their traumas, both emotional and physical Bones of Paris reveals so little of this that Harris, in particular, could be seen s I am very disappointed, because I usually love Laurie King s work If one had not read Touchstone, the prequel to Bones of Paris, I cannot imagine developing any good feelings for the main characters at all Fortunately, I read Touchstone immediately before Bones of Paris, so I was familiar with Harris, Sarah, and Bennett, their individual and collective histories, and their traumas, both emotional and physical Bones of Paris reveals so little of this that Harris, in particular, could be seen simply as a drunkard and a cad And that would be so unfortunate I found the first half to two thirds of this book to be abysmally slow even slower than Touchstone , and pretentious in its name dropping Hemingway, Hammett, Cole Porter, etc for no good cause in terms of the story The final third moved swiftly, but ultimately revealed a grisly and gruesome finale to the mystery I was sickened but not impressed

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    If the first book in this series, Touchstone, represents Laurie R King s excursion into the thriller genre, then this follow up novel featuring the same central protagonist is King s experiment with noir Set in Paris shortly before the stock market crash of 1929, former Bureau of Investigation agent Harris Stuyvesant, now an occasional private investigator, is employed to find a missing American woman Stuyvesant s discovery that the woman had links with the art world in Paris brings him into c If the first book in this series, Touchstone, represents Laurie R King s excursion into the thriller genre, then this follow up novel featuring the same central protagonist is King s experiment with noir Set in Paris shortly before the stock market crash of 1929, former Bureau of Investigation agent Harris Stuyvesant, now an occasional private investigator, is employed to find a missing American woman Stuyvesant s discovery that the woman had links with the art world in Paris brings him into contact with players in a sensationalist corner of the surrealist art scene What I liked best about this novel is King s evocation of Paris in the late 1920s She weaves real life identities into her plot, including Sylvia Beach, Cole Porter, Man Ray, Bricktop Smith and Natalie Barney Ernest Hemingway is also mentioned on a number of occasions, although he only appears briefly in a non speaking role King does a great job recreating a time when the frenetic expatriate party which had been 1920s Paris was almost over the stock market crash of 1929 made Paris a less affordable place for Americans to live and the shadow of impending war during the 1930s changed the scene forever I love reading about Paris during this period and encountering some of the personalities I know from other books was fun I also liked the noir elements of the plot, underscored by a reference to Dashiell Hammett, and the creepy, almost gothic touches Part of the fun of reading crime fiction is seeing if you can guess whodunnit In this case there were four, or at a pinch five, possible culprits to choose from Two of them I dismissed almost immediately from consideration and the fifth I didn t seriously consider at all But King kept me guessing with the other two, so the lead up to the big reveal was suspenseful, even if the mechanics of why dunnit and how dunnit strained credulity Actually, that s too kind The why and how were really pretty silly As it happens, the over the top resolution didn t spoil the novel for me, but at times its leisurely pace threatened to do so I m okay with wordy and I like plenty of descriptive language, but this is not the kind of novel that is improved by too much detail and too many repetitive scenes Overall, I was glad that I listened to the audiobook because it allowed me to multi task while the hero dithered Jefferson Mays does a good job with the narration, as he did with Touchstone, and his pronunciation of French words and phrases, while not perfect, is not bad at all As far as ratings go, I liked this a bitthan I did Touchstone almost certainly because of the Parisian setting so it s a solid 3.5 stars

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    Paris, 1929 Harris Stuyvesant, a big blonde American with a crooked nose and a messy history, has spent the last three years moving around Europe, doing odd jobs and working intermittently as a private investigator Hired by the uncle and mother of a young American woman who s gone missing, he moves to Paris to begin the search Philippa Pip Crosby is twenty two and hasn t been seen or heard from since March it s now September She went to France like many of her countrymen, to have a good Paris, 1929 Harris Stuyvesant, a big blonde American with a crooked nose and a messy history, has spent the last three years moving around Europe, doing odd jobs and working intermittently as a private investigator Hired by the uncle and mother of a young American woman who s gone missing, he moves to Paris to begin the search Philippa Pip Crosby is twenty two and hasn t been seen or heard from since March it s now September She went to France like many of her countrymen, to have a good time away from the family influence and the watchful eyes of her own society back home, and had slid into the Parisian art world as so many do Working as a model and aspiring actress, Pip Crosby s name comes up in connection to some important and distinguished figures in Surrealist art like photographer and painter, Man Ray from America little mole like Hyacinthe Didi Moreau who makes display boxes of carefully placed odds and ends, many of them disturbing and Le Comte Dominic Charmentier, an aristocratic war hero who lost his entire family and now puts his energies into patronising Surrealist artists and managing the Theatre Grand Guignol, which puts on intensely disturbing, graphic and violent plays with intervals of slapstick comedy in between.Stuyvesant finds a surprising ally in a French police inspector, Doucet, who is working on a much larger case of missing people from various countries mostly women, but some men who date back to the year before The deeper Stuyvesant delves into the murky world of gory, shock art, thethe truth slowly seeps in Pip hasn t flitted off to holiday on some rich guy s yacht She s dead With the certainty comes a growing suspicion, encouraged by the finding of some photographs that show women in a state of abject terror But who took them, and what happened to the women after The closer Stuyvesant comes to figuring it out, thehis own life is at risk and those of people he cares deeply about.I don t often read detective fiction, crime fiction, mystery suspense novels I m never sure what to call them exactly, but all of the above The generic kind popular fiction are too simplistic for me, and I get bored with them very quickly Not enough character development, or the kind of description that aids in building atmosphere, tension and suspense My in laws read them constantly, so I m always seeing books by writers like Harlan Corben, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, John Sandford, Tess Gerritsen, John Grisham, Vince Flynn, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, and so on, lying around their house, but I ve never been tempted to pick one up and start reading I ve read one Cornwell book and one Grisham book for a course at uni, years ago , and wasn t impressed they re just not for me But The Bones of Paris is not cast of the same mould, not at all This is historical fiction, for a start, and it is an atmospheric, highly detailed, very involved and intelligent mystery, one that connects with the repercussions of war, like post traumatic stress disorder and amputations, and the therapeutic affects or hypothesis of shock art This is brain food, not a by the numbers stock thriller or suspense story.This was my first time reading anything by King, who is the author of the Mary Russell mysteries and many others The first Harris Stuyvesant book is calledTouchstone , set in London, and while The Bones of Paris makes connections with that earlier book in particular Harris s lover, Sarah Grey, and her brother Captain Bennett Grey it explains enough that their relationship in 1929 makes sense and continues to evolve, without giving everything away and spoiling the plot of Touchstone Likewise with Harris himself we learn a fair bit about him, and yet in true mystery fashion you know there s a great dealthat still lies hidden His character comes through clearly his pugnacity, or stubbornness, his sense of loyalty, even honour, his conscience and his somewhat clumsy empathetic skills When we see him through the eyes of Le Comte, or Sarah Grey, or Bennett, we see a man you could dismiss as oafish too big for slight, genteel Paris, too lumbering to be delicate or subtle, and yet Harris seems perfectly aware of his true state of being, and uses it to his advantage He has that American quality it comes through of not caring what the locals think and just doing his thing regardless of how many feathers he ruffles in the process He s reliable, determined, but knows when to back down and be a bitflexible He s an interesting character, not complex but not as obvious as he seems at first, either Realistic, and human, and a convincing product of his time and personal history.The setting is rich and tangible Paris, fully recovered from World War I or so it would seem the scars and cracks of sanity are well hidden The city is awash in foreigners, artists and writers and the rich making the most of the strong dollar to make the city their own Stuyvesant predicts a market crash, and thinks Paris would be better off without all the ex pats, who have altered the city in noticeable ways Historical figures like Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, Sylvia Beach, Man Ray they litter the narrative, giving the period it s set in solidity and presence, authenticity and that touch of glam The period details are well researched, right down to Stuyvesant s throwaway thought regarding halitosis a condition that was invented, so to speak, in the 1920s as a way of selling Listerine as something other than a liquid for sterilising surgical implements prior to this highly successful marketing campaign, no one had any concept of good vs bad breath hard to imagine now, I know.And of course there s Paris itself, a city built of limestone quarried from right underneath it, so that parts of it caved in in the 18th century, leading to an inventive solution The city took the many bones from an overflowing cemetery that had already been closed bodies would be thrown into pits and not covered over until full, when a new one would start, rotting freely in the open , and moved them to the mines, using them to make solid walls and foundations for the city I ve been to Paris once before but didn t even know about it it would be quite the thing to see But this visual, of a city practically made of bones, of the beautiful bones of Paris and the empire of Death it all resounds throughout the story, creating or adding to the growing tension and suspense, and making of the City of Light a city of darkness, of dark alleys and late nights falling down drunk, a city of murder and madness A city with some complex truths hiding under its pretty surface fa ade This idea complements, or is juxtaposed to, the women in Stuyvesant s life, the women who go missing and turn up dead He spent five nights with Pip Crosby in Nice when she was passing through he was working at a bar as a bouncer , and never thought to look beneath the surface of her pretty face and bright eyes Same with Lulu, an amateur night walker with two little kids under the care of their grandmother, who he sleeps with when he first arrives in Paris and who later turns up dead He never knew she had children, didn t know anything about her Just saw her face and heard her laugh and thought, Why not Such is the way the ex pats treat Paris itself, like a sparkling lady who has much to give but goes no deeper than the stones under one s feet That s what I meant by calling this brain food a novel that engages and works with your many senses and your mind, and while it is quite a long novel and might be too rich in detail for some readers, it never felt bogged down or slow It kept its pacing steady until the end, when it becomes nice and taut, and doesn t ever feel monotonous or tedious by the simple delight that there is so much to learn here I felt like I d just sat through the most fascinating art history lecture ever What better way to learn about such things than in the hands of a skilled storyteller None for my money.My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via France Book Tours

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    Not even Jazz Age Paris could save the plot.I love Paris I love Paris in the 20 s I love the emerging modernists Gertrude Stein, Hemmingway, and all of the other artists lurking the grotty streets after WWI I love burly, noir protagonists This book had all of those virtues front loaded into it, and it STILL was a complete chore to finish it.Spoilerish Alert The plot Girl disappears Slouching, manly detective with pugilistic tendencies and a soft spot for pretty dames investigates Girl Not even Jazz Age Paris could save the plot.I love Paris I love Paris in the 20 s I love the emerging modernists Gertrude Stein, Hemmingway, and all of the other artists lurking the grotty streets after WWI I love burly, noir protagonists This book had all of those virtues front loaded into it, and it STILL was a complete chore to finish it.Spoilerish Alert The plot Girl disappears Slouching, manly detective with pugilistic tendencies and a soft spot for pretty dames investigates Girl is still missing, insert old flame with a fake HAND for cryin out loud Generate exactly NO sexual tension Insert shell shocked brother of old flame who has unexplained psychic abilities Background for all of this is Dali, Man Ray, Hemmingway, and a creepy count all obsessed with death and making stuff out of bones Have a few creepy but not very interesting nights at strange parties and boring gothic theatre experiences Five minutes before end of book, prove that the character you suspected all along is a serial killer, but introduce completely tangential evidence and reasons that have almost no precedent.By the end of the book, you re just begging for it to be over so you can go on to your next book

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    when art is indistinguishable from real life, it comes alive And when it lives, it changes the viewer.I read the Beekeeper s apprentice many moons ago, and loved it When I selected The Bones of Paris, I did not realize that this was the second book in one the author s other series None the less I also enjoyed it, especially the descriptions of 1920 Paris It felt like I could see, hear and smell the city I also enjoyed her inclusion of historical characters like Ernest Hemingway and Man Ray when art is indistinguishable from real life, it comes alive And when it lives, it changes the viewer.I read the Beekeeper s apprentice many moons ago, and loved it When I selected The Bones of Paris, I did not realize that this was the second book in one the author s other series None the less I also enjoyed it, especially the descriptions of 1920 Paris It felt like I could see, hear and smell the city I also enjoyed her inclusion of historical characters like Ernest Hemingway and Man Ray into a fiction title Although I liked the protagonist, Harris Stuyvesant, I found him to be a bit too much of a P.I stereotype I am quite sure I would have enjoyed this book evenif I read the first in the series Touchstone I was especially intrigued by a character from this first book, who made a brief appearance in Bones of Paris Bennet Grey I have already bought the second book in the Mary Russel series, and look forward to reading it.The Story Harris Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killersifting through The Bones of Paris

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    What happened, Laurie You used to write the best mysteries The Bones of Paris read like something you wrote because you had to Not because you wanted to I only finished it in hopes the end would redeem the beginning It didn t.This is apparently the second in a series featuring an American investigator, Harris Stuyvesant, living in Europe I missed reading the first installment, Testament Harris is a walking cliche supposedly a great investigator even though he spends all of his time b What happened, Laurie You used to write the best mysteries The Bones of Paris read like something you wrote because you had to Not because you wanted to I only finished it in hopes the end would redeem the beginning It didn t.This is apparently the second in a series featuring an American investigator, Harris Stuyvesant, living in Europe I missed reading the first installment, Testament Harris is a walking cliche supposedly a great investigator even though he spends all of his time boozing and picking fights with famous people he meets in bars It s clear Laurie King didn t map out a plan for this book at the start The first half consists of Harris picking up a case of an American girl missing in Paris and then wandering in and out of bistros where he waves at famous people and chats about the art theater scene.Things picked up by the end but I found the twist involving pagan worship too silly to be believed Add to that the police were unusually inept and all the women acted like sluts and my disgust was complete

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