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Intrigue at a Small Hotel (edition 2016)

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Member:KateBaxter
Title:Intrigue at a Small Hotel
Authors:Elizabeth Cooke (Author)
Info:AbbottPress (2016), Edition: Reprint, 112 pages
Collections:To read
Rating:****
Tags:Goodreads First Reads

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This is a short entertaining book, the 6th in a series, about life in a small Parisian hotel.

The protagonist is Elizabeth, and the various exploits of her and her friends and acquaintances make up the subject matter of these books.

In this novel, Elizabeth, a frequent visitor to France, gets a call from the manager of the hotel she stays at when in Paris. Some unnamed woman has been looking for her. Who this mysterious woman is, why she is seemingly out to get Elizabeth, and what she and her friends plan to do about it, form the opening conflict. Elizabeth's friends as well as her boyfriend deliberate, trying to figure out a plan of action. They make a scheme of their own to get back the reputation and money of Elizabeth and to punish the perpetrator.

The ensuing intrigue makes for a lively and entertaining read. There's a bit of soap opera flair and drama, a bit of mystery. The writing is brisk and terse, and along with the present tense narration provides a nice tension from the opening chapters. The in medias res beginning from the get go plunges us right into the action.

Though this was my first book of the series, and the reader is slightly at a disadvantage not knowing the specific relationships between the characters, I didn't find that this was a great obstacle to enjoy the plot here. Clearly the characters are related in ways previously introduced, but everything is simple to understand.

The author's great love for France and Paris shines through these pages. The author's affection for the people, locations, and scenes comes through.

One note: the present tense narration is used for flashbacks as well (that is, when the narrator is describing past scenes). This is not correct, and makes for a little confusion.

Thank you to the author and publisher for a review copy. ( )
  ChayaLovesToRead | Apr 26, 2017 |
Good story; written with just enough detail to tell the tale but not so much to bog down the reader. It's a story set in Paris about identity theft and vigilante justice which is apparently okay when delivered with elan. It's a relatively short book and would be a handy companion for that short flight or waiting in an airport or doctor's office.

This book is the sixth in series set in and around a small Paris hotel. It is written in the current first person voice. The series has its following and has received a number of awards.

I am grateful to author Elizabeth Cooke and Goodreads First Reads for having provided a free copy of this book. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone. ( )
  KateBaxter | Apr 21, 2017 |
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