Thank you to Corinne LaBalme for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Ghost-writer Melody Layne is stranded in Paris when the over-sexed but unloved French movie star who hired her to produce his memoir accidentally drowns before the interviews begin. It’s a major financial relief when his enigmatic Spanish son re-hires her, but the seductive Carlos Ortega is strangely silent about his reasons for funding a feel-good bio about a father that he clearly despised. There’s enough amour in the air for Melody to ignore this apparent paradox… at least until she uncovers a hidden cache of death threats addressed to the actor. For the French police, the sexy, secretive Spaniard – and sole heir to the actor’s immense fortune – is suddenly a prime murder suspect. Can Melody’s research into the Ghosts of Carlos-Past be enough to save her lover from prison?
- The cozy mystery genre might be my favorite, and this book did not disappoint. I loved everything about it.
- I loved that I was hooked immediately and didn’t need to wait several pages or chapters to feel fully invested in the story.
- I loved that this was one of those stories that kept me turning pages long after I should have shut off the lights. Every scene and every chapter left me feeling like I had to know what happened next.
- I loved the author’s talent for dropping me right into the heart of France and French culture. I was completely transported. The sights, sounds, smells, and food were crafted so vividly that I almost felt as if I were sitting in little cafes with Melody Layne and munching away on a croque monsieur or pain au chocolat.
- I loved that the author created 3D characters – characters that I liked and cared about.
- I loved feeling like I had a bird’s eye view into the glittering world of French stars.
- I loved that this cozy mystery read almost like a romance as well. I was as invested in seeing what happened with Melody and Carlos as I was in finding out what happened to the deceased French movie star.
- I loved that as the book ended, I wanted to read more by Corinne LaBalme. Finding a new favorite author is always a treat!
French Ghost was a thoroughly engaging and delightful read from start to finish. Readers should prepare to be hooked from the beginning and expect to find it a challenge to stop turning pages. The author drops the reader into the heart of France and French culture. The sights, sounds, smells, and food were crafted so vividly that readers will feel transported to find themselves sitting in little cafes with Melody Layne, munching away on a croque monsieur or pain au chocolat. The author offers a bird’s eye view into the glittering world of French stars and creates fully developed 3D characters that leap off the page. This cozy mystery reads almost like a romance as well. Following Melody’s relationship and Carlos is as enjoyable as trying to determine what happened to the deceased French movie star. If you’re looking for a new favorite author, look no further than Corinne LaBalme.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Corinne LaBalme lives in France and loves everything about it… except eating snails. Her articles about European fashion, food and fun destinations have appeared in The New York Times Travel section, Diversion, La Belle France and France Revisited. Her favorite place to write? Any Parisian café with a good croissant connection…
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