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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758283938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758283931
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.1 x 20.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A blistering addition to the series! 26 Mar. 2013
By wg - Published on
Format: Paperback
** I won an ARC of this book in a competition sponsored by the author.

It was splendid! I loved it!

Okay, having got that out of my system, I can now write a more coherent review. A little background at first: I've been unconsciously comparing these books to the Charles-Melanie series by the same author; and I have to admit I much prefer this re-imagining of events. Unfair though it may be, I've found Melanie harder to like partially because of the patina of sophistication, and partially because of a peculiar hardness of character she possesses. A symptom of her circumstances, no doubt. Nonetheless, I find Suzanne, Melanie reincarnated she might be, much more sympathetic. There is a softness and an emotional vulnerability to her that in no way detracts from the tight-rope of loyalties and decisions that she walks.

This latest effort by Ms. Grant explores these aspects of Suzanne's character in subtle ways. Her inner conflicts in terms of her patriotism, her sense of duty and honour, her conflicted emotions about being a wife and a mother are all touched upon in turn and we, the readers, walk away with a deeper appreciation of the challenges she faces.

Malcolm, I feel, is an easier character to read. While we don't get a glimpse of his inner life, the way we see Suzanne's, but his emotional reserve and growing distaste for the politics and diplomacy of Britain come through. His conflicted emotions about Britain and all that her leaders (diplomats and war heroes alike) stand for are referred to lightly. I hope to get a deeper sense of his character in the next book!

Ms. Grant captures the atmosphere of post-war France perfectly. The mystery with its whirling cycle of characters ranging from friends, enemies and fr-enemies; motives and machinations; truth, lies and fabrication are enough to make one's head spin. But what a ride!

A highly enjoyable read! Just one request Ms. Grant, it would be brilliant if you'd give us a short story about Suzanne's first experience of England after her marriage (something that you refer to in this book).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fabulous addition to this fascinating world 28 Mar. 2013
By Constant Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
Teresa (Tracy) Grant does it again! Despite a change in editor and consequent change in her characters names (from Melanie & Charles to Suzanne and Malcolm), Ms. Grant (new editor thought Teresa sounded more historical) has managed to create a historical mystery series with a story line and a couple you just can't get enough of. The Paris Affair is the 7th book published in the series but the fourth if you're reading chronologically. It is set in post-Waterloo Paris, with Napoleon finally vanquished, the Allied Powers restoring the Royalists to the throne, while the vanquished Bonapartists are placed on proscribed lists and hauled off to prison. Tempers flare, loyalties waver, and intrigue lurks in every doorway.

Malcolm, a British aristocrat, diplomat and spy, is married to Suzanne, whose French/Spanish aristocratic family was destroyed by Napoleon's war. Or maybe not. Both Malcolm and Suzanne have secrets and back stories with many layers. While investigating the murder of a French informant, they stumble into a web of lies, betrayals, secret children, secret loves, affairs, assassination plots, false identities, and more.

Grant uses all these classic elements of great historical mysteries to delve deeply into more than just the usual historical romance fare. Her characters have conflicted loyalties. It's not just a case of British = good, French = bad. Grant is not afraid to give her heroine Suzanne a secret past she must hide from her husband, nor does she paint the accepted heroes - Wellington, for example - as golden. She is also willing to give secondary characters significant roles and let all her characters address issues beyond the immediate plot of the story.

If you are already a fan, you will really love this new entry in the series. If you have not yet been introduced, you are in luck! Start with this book, or go back to His Spanish Bride (how Malcolm and Suzanne met) and read forward through Vienna Waltz (intrigue at the Congress of Vienna), Imperial Scandal (Napoleon's escaped from Elba and war is afoot - again), then to The Paris Affair. Follow up with the rest of the series (the craziness of war torn Europe is only topped by the craziness back home in England). Grant is great.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Keep them coming, please, Ms Grant! 4 April 2013
By OLT - Published on
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Grant continues to entertain thoroughly with this third installment of Suzanne/Malcolm adventures, after Vienna Waltz (Malcom & Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mysteries) and Imperial Scandal (Malcom & Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mysteries). We last left them in Belgium after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and now they're in Paris, two months later and in the politically unstable atmosphere of restoration of the French monarchy.

This book is well done on so many levels. On the personal level, Suzanne and Malcolm's relationship continues to evolve and both are aware of their growing love for each other and express it in many ways, without actually using those three little words. However, Suzanne's secrets continue to haunt her and keep her from feeling completely free in the relationship.

On the professional level for the couple, Malcolm and Suzanne have the death of a certain French double agent cum blackmailer to investigate. He seems to have had knowledge of too many people's secrets and one that a dying Rivere revealed to Malcolm has to do with Malcolm's half sister Princess Tatiana, whose murder was the catalyst for all the intrigue and adventure in the first Malcolm and Suzanne book. Now, even in death, Tatiana has secrets which are going to open up the proverbial "can of worms" of political, familial and amorous intrigues that Teresa Grant's books always supply in spades.

As all becomes clear at the end of this book (and it's a fun mental-exercise ride to the end), we are led to believe that Malcolm and Suzanne will be making their way to England soon. That's going to be interesting. We're getting closer to the time period of Grant's (as Tracy Grant) novels Beneath a Silent Moon set in 1817 and Secrets of a Lady which takes place in 1819. Both of these are set in England and this interesting, almost dysfunctional couple had the names Charles and Melanie Fraser in those novels. This THE PARIS AFFAIR Suzanne and Malcolm story takes place in 1815. One wonders how many Suzanne and Malcolm books can be written to take place between this post-Waterloo period and the 1817 of BENEATH A SILENT MOON. I'm very willing to read them all.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An engaging historical romance 29 Aug. 2013
By Blair McDowell - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The Paris Affair is a delight. it's a fun story set against the backdrop of Paris in 1815, during the period of the restoration of the monarchy. Grant has her facts straight and sets her story amidst a plethora of real and imagined characters, interwoven effectively and knowledgably.
I can't help but compare this carefully constructed, historically accurate story of mystery, romance and intrigue with the multitude of "Regency Romances" which purport to by historical but are largely just erotica under another name--accurate depiction of period is notable by its absence.
The Paris Affair is the second in a three part series featuring Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch. I suggest that readers start with the first in the series, set in Vienna, in order to get all the characters straight.
Highly recommended as a literate, engaging and well written historical.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Rannochs Feel Almost Real 14 May 2013
By Linda Jean - Published on
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I am totally absorbed in this series. I know the word love is overused, but I really do love this couple. I don't even care what their names have changed to (although I do think it was a silly thing for any publisher to do), I am riveted by their story.

I find Malcolm's emotional distance attractive, while Suzanne exudes elegant sophistication - together they make a perfect couple. Grant is extremely skillful with her characterizations and this couple seems almost real. These books have it all - divided loyalties, simmering mysteries, past loves, present affairs, unrequited yearnings - Grant just offers a reader so many tantalizing unknowns and hints of delicious secrets yet to be unraveled.

Clearly, I enjoy the Rannochs and have read all the stories so far written. Knowing what will soon occur in their lives has made reading this story particularly interesting and entertaining. Having said that, and having highly recommended them all, I think if I were forced to rank my favorite tale, this would be at the bottom of the list. Not because it was in any way bad, but just that the others were so very good.

This book seemed vaguely reminiscent of the previous book, utilizing many of the same characters in the same roles and I found myself a little less intrigued by the mystery of Tania's child than the other murder mysteries. I was also slightly disappointed that more of the book wasn't more dedicated to the Rannoch's relationship - which I love to see unfold. However, the writing is so good and I so enjoyed the book despite these small quibbles that I probably shouldn't even mention any issues.

If you enjoyed the others, you will most definitely enjoy this one as well.
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