Exiles: A Mystery in Paris by Lawrence J. Epstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Exiles: A Mystery in Paris (The Daniel Levin Mysteries Book 1)by Lawrence J. Epstein was a true eye opener. Filled with unforgettable characters and writers of the 1920's in Paris, this is a well written book that pulls the reader in through easy to read language and an unsolved murder at the outset of the novel. Young Daniel Levin has moved to Paris to become a writer and ends up living above a famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. The owner of the bookstore, Syliva Beach, has endeavored to support Daniel, albeit breifly, so that he might begin his writing career. Full of great characterizations such as a young Hemingway on the brink of publishing genius, Gertrude Stein and even Fitzgerald, this book embodies the romance and intrique of the famous Lost Generation. Combine that backdrop with a murder opposite the Shakespeare and Company bookstore and you have an amazing reading experience. Not only is Daniel the protagonist, overcoming his recent war experience, but he must also watch his back before getting too romantically involved with one of the suspects. I look forward to reading more from this author in the next installment in the series. Highly recommend. I received a free copy of this book from Bookplex.com in exchange for an honest review.
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