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The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

The Paris Secret (original 2017; edition 2017)

by Karen Swan (Author)

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Title:The Paris Secret
Authors:Karen Swan (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), 416 pages
Collections:DNF, Your library, ER Requests
Tags:tpb, ARC, DNF

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The Paris Secret by Karen Swan (2017)



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Here is another of those novels that sits on the outer boundary of crime fiction. Certainly crimes have been committed, long ago, perhaps even the biggest crime against humanity of all. But this novel is about whether a family will benefit from the aftermath of those crimes, or is what has happened in the past, in this instance, not what it seems?

A family's lawyers are contacted by some burglars to say that they have found a long untouched apartment. A junior clerk not well versed in the protocols to be followed in this case contacts the family and events escalate from there. He has sent them the key to the wrong apartment.

The family is controlled by a matriarch, her husband long dead. He has left instructions that the apartment is not to be opened by the family until after his wife's death. So, the family employs a fine art agent to explore and document the contents of the apartment which appears to be scores of painting and other art treasures untouched for over 70 years.

The author says the story is based on a newspaper report about a similar situation that has occurred in Paris.

There is a lot of human interest in this story particularly about how the younger members of the family will cope with their family's history about which they have, until this point, known nothing.

Very readable. ( )
  smik | Sep 7, 2018 |
An enjoyable summer read, but so predictable! Of course the Paris apartment shattered for 70 years with instructions that it not be opened until the owners are dead is full of Nazi plunder; of course the classy art dealer goes for the bad boy; of course the disgraced family is redeemed. The way the author gets us to these results is really fun, with several very clever twists, but it's more process than mystery. ( )
  shearon | Jun 10, 2018 |
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A mysterious Paris apartment locked up since WWII containing a bunch of artwork is a great start to this novel, which delves into the a family's history and the secrets long thought buried. This book is fun reading, especially for those with a interest in WWII, even though the book is primarily set in contemporary France. The author does a good job of only slowly uncovering the layers of secrets held in the abandoned apartment - with just the right amount of romance thrown in. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Jan 7, 2018 |
This book had everything I enjoy in a book, strong female character, art, descriptions of life in Europe, a love interest, and a mystery. I couldn't wait to read this book each evening!! This was a Goodreads giveaway that I won and am so glad I found this book! It really was the perfect match for me! ( )
  clp412 | Dec 26, 2017 |
To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
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In this glittering tale of forgotten treasures and long-held secrets, international bestseller Karen Swan explores one womans journey to discovering the truth behind an abandoned apartment and a family whose mysteries may be better left undiscovered. When fine art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d'art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical-- until she discovers that the treasure trove of paintings is myriad, and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong asks Flora to trace the history of each painting. As she researches the provenance of their prize Renoir, she uncovers a scandal surrounding the painting-- and a secret that goes to the very heart of the family. Xavier Vermeil is determined to separate Flora from his family's affairs in spite of their powerful attraction to one another. What secrets is he trying to hide? And what price is Flora willing to pay to uncover the truth?… (more)

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