Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The magic of Paris, and romance, and mystery all in one book. Read a free sample of The Paris Secret without leaving your browser!

Paris, mystery, murder and romance--reviewers found it all in this fast-paced novel set in the City of Light.  If you've been to Paris--or crave to go there--readers say this book will transport you the the majestic city on the Seine.

Here's the set-up for The Paris Secret:
Less than twenty-four hours after fleeing to Paris, Maya Sinclair is the prime suspect in a brutal murder—and targeted by the real killer. When she's viciously attacked in the gardens of Versailles, Maya barely escapes with her life thanks to sexy French journalist Simon Girard.

Simon has been investigating the mysterious death of his brother, an art forger with ties to the woman Maya is suspected of killing. Still healing from heartbreak of his own, Simon reluctantly joins forces with Maya, who has awakened feelings within him he thought long dead.

Their search for answers uncovers the existence of a secret society, and puts them on a quest to find a missing crucifix rumored to hold the key to everlasting life. Together, Maya and Simon race through Paris one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to ensure some secrets remain buried forever...
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Reviewers said:

Besides the thrill of Maya and Simon's getaway adventure and battle against time, the excitement of uncovering clues and the history of a secret society, and the steamy attraction between Maya and Simon what I enjoyed the most in the novel was the virtual tour of Paris Angela Henry gave the reader. I have been several times to Paris and through Angela Henry's descriptions of Paris' cobblestone winding streets, the métro or historical sights, I felt like I was really there with Maya, soaking up the athmosphere of the city with a café au lait and a pain au chocolat.

The Paris Secret is a roller coaster ride that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat! This book had elements of The Bourne books...mystery, intrigue, and romance.
Setting: Paris - I want to go. The book was like a tour of Paris, the food, the sights, the atmosphere.

Mystery: There was a lot going on- murders, the missing crucifix, a secret society. Henry did a good job holding it all together, keeping the suspense going. There definitely weren't any slow spots.
Romance: Maya and Simon are both recovering from broken hearts, but they're a well-matched couple. He's passionate, grumpy at times, dedicated. She's independent, feisty, and a librarian. Their relationship is not smooth sailing, but at least they don't spend the first half of the book denying the attraction. The sex scenes were steamy without being overly graphic.
Overall it was an exciting story, heavier on the suspense than the romance, and I enjoyed it.
Paris, romance, and murder are an intoxicating mix.

If the DaVinci Code & Julie Kenner's Play or Die series had a baby, I think it might be a little something like this. While it doesn't entirely fill the shoes of these two greats (hey, those are mighty big shoes), it definitely satisfied my cravings for hot romance & historical mystery during the holiday season.
This really was fun to read.

This book has it all -- a phenomenal setting, long-buried secrets, a present-day murder mystery and a dash of paranormal intrigue, not to mention a cast of characters that leap off the page. And while it is so much more than a romance book, the two main characters are absolutely unforgettable. 

About the Author:

Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher, and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she's a mystery writing library reference specialist, who loves to people watch and eavesdrop on conversations.

She's the author of four mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, and is also the founder of the award-winning MystNoir:  African-American Mysteries website, which promotes African-American mystery writers, and was named a "Hot Site" by USA Today.com.  MystNoir's headline says it promotes mysteries by African-American authors, or books featuring African-American sleuths.

When she's not working, writing, or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is a connoisseur of B horror movies, and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline.

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