The Books of the Dead
A Death in Paris Mystery #2
by Emilia Bernhard
Release date: October 8th, 2019
Having read Ms Bernhard’s first book in the series, Death in Paris, I have to say she has outdone herself!
Best friends Rachel and Magda are at it again after being persistent amateur sleuths and beating the police in solving a murder in the first book of the series Death in Paris. This time when dining at a small cafe Rachel stumbles across the body of a male librarian from the Bibliothèque National. Reuniting with Capitaine Boussicault, she is thrilled when he asks her to go undercover as a volunteer at the library to observe after a previous murder had occurred as well. Rachel is thrilled to be given the opportunity, unfortunately, Magda feels left out when the mission is only for Rachel. Although just meant to observe Rachel gets pulled deeper into the investigation which appears to be linked to missing antiquarian illustrations. After overstepping boundaries Rachel eventually gets dismissed by the police but is determines to solve the crime needing her best friend Magda’s help. Working together they work to solve the two murders.
After reading several very “heavy” books this was a fun and intriguing cozy murder mystery which kept me guessing to the very end. I was sure I knew who did it but was left second-guessing after coming across some very cleverly placed red herrings. I also love the quirky, flawed and very fun characters that Ms Bernhard has created.
This book would be great as a stand-alone, but I do recommend reading the first as it is also a fantastic read, both I feel are suitable for most ages. A fun, brilliant read that will keep you turning pages!