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Released: July 2014
ISBN: 9781310533495
ASIN: B00LLH48U4

AN AMERICAN DETECTIVE IN PARIS
Series: An American Detective Series, #1
Author: Marie Maher
Length: Novelette
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Price: $1.99

PI Kelly Sander and her partner in (solving) crime, Michel Philippe, are on holiday in London. However they hadn’t expected to find themselves in the middle of a case, and a poison pen writer, a blackmailer, and a haunted theatre to contend with. Can Kelly and Michel solve the mystery, lay the ghost to rest, and resume their holiday?

Excerpt
The doorbell rang. Joan looked surprised. “Who on earth’s that?” she exclaimed.

“Not expecting anyone?” I asked. She shook her head, rising to answer the door, from where an excited voice could be heard, and the low tones of Joan trying to drown it. Michel and I exchanged a puzzled glance. Eventually, Joan returned with a striking thirty-something woman, whom she introduced, somewhat reluctantly.

“This is Miss Roberts, a fellow actress from the theatre.”

“Please, call me Rita. Everyone does.”

She sat on the sofa next to us. Now she was up close and personal, I could see Rita was a good deal older than I’d first thought. Much plastic surgery made her look half the age of her friend, Joan.

I was confident Michel would reach the same conclusion, but I was shocked to see him ogling the woman with undisguised admiration. Once a Frenchman, always a Frenchman, especially as he’d been rather cool with me lately. But I had no time to dwell on my partner’s fickleness, as Rita was speaking.

“I’m so sorry to barge in on your family reunion, Joan, but I really think you should tell Kelly about the poison pen letters.”

There followed what is known as a pregnant silence. Whatever I had been expecting Rita to say, it sure wasn’t this. “Joan, what does...?”

“I’m afraid that’s out of the question, Rita” Joan said, firmly. “My cousin and her partner are here for a vacation, and...”

To everyone’s embarrassment, Rita burst into noisy sobs, hiding her face in her handkerchief.

“I know, I know. It’s the height of bad manners, especially when someone is on holiday.

But at least, being related, you know they’ll be very discreet. And someone has to investigate, or who knows where it’ll all end? My husband was going to divorce me over my letter. Now we know everyone’s had one, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

“You’ve had one, too?” I asked my cousin.

Joan gave me a resigned look. “I didn’t want to tell you, to spoil your holiday.” She got up and went to the sideboard, and brought back a letter which she handed to me. Michel looked over my shoulder as we read it.

It was a particularly nasty poison pen, printed in capitals.

DON’T THINK I DON’T KNOW YOUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET. YOUR POLICE RECORD CASTS A LONG SHADOW. I THINK YOUR FRIENDS WOULD BE DISGUSTED TO KNOW YOU WERE A COMMON CALL GIRL.

What the reviewers are saying
Wonderful. Deemed to be a best seller from one...
Sit back with a glass of wine. and relax instantly transported to Paris in a gripping tale. Excellent. ~ PM Dome, Amazon

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A great read I am going to get the rest of the detective books. ~ Sue White, Amazon

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Good Good Good
A very gripping read i'm so glad I purchased this book. Can't wait for the next installment. Must buy. ~ Merlin, Amazon UK

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I read this book on holiday and couldn't put it down - what a good read! I would certainly purchase other books by Marie Maher. ~ Mrs SA Weaver, Amazon UK

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What a story! One cannot help but hear Henry Mancini's Pink Panther theme music while reading this story. Marie has delivered an excellent first edition to this new series with a story full of humor, intrigue, and sweet romance. Kelly is a fun character who's not afraid to get her hands dirty to catch the bad guy, and she's smart enough to know a good thing when it's staring her in the face. Even while being hampered by the French authorities, Kelly is determined to get her men (both the crook and Michel), no matter what obstacles get in her way. This is one of my funnest reads so far this year. I can't wait to see what Marie has up her sleeve for the next story in this series! ~ Heart of Fiction

 

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