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In the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, the Bourbon court in Paris and their victorious allies give lavish parties while the Royalists are quick to exact vengeance for everything since the Revolution. Countless Bonapartists are arrested and executed in what comes to be known as the White Terror. In this seething atmosphere British attaché and spy Malcolm Rannoch learns thatIn the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, the Bourbon court in Paris and their victorious allies give lavish parties while the Royalists are quick to exact vengeance for everything since the Revolution. Countless Bonapartists are arrested and executed in what comes to be known as the White Terror. In this seething atmosphere British attaché and spy Malcolm Rannoch learns that his murdered half-sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, may have left behind a secret child in Paris; a child who may now be in grave danger.While friends and former associates are imprisoned and executed around them, Malcolm and his wife Suzanne set out to find the girl. And as kings argue over legitimacy and relations battle over estates, trusting the wrong side can be deadly…...

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ISBN : 9780758283931
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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The Paris Affair Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-03-24 23:43

    This book picks up shortly after the events in Imperial Scandal. Malcolm's latest assignment is Paris, post Waterloo. Paris is a hot bed of intrigue, plots, spies and counter spies - and a big mystery about his illegitimate half-sister (now dead, see Vienna Waltz), and Malcolm and Suzanne are once again in the thick of things - and really too complicated to try to spell out in a review. I don't do book reports :pI enjoyed this a lot, especially seeing more of Malcolm and Suzanne's relationship (but boy, does she have a big secret waiting for the shoe to drop). The fictional characters are nicely blended in with real historical people and events (always a plus), especially that evil Fouché. Wouldn't want to get on his bad side.One cautionary note on this and Grant's other books in the series, there is a large cast of characters and the twists and turns can really twist and turn and may be a bit overwhelming. Don't take this along as a beach read unless you're prepared to pay attention and keep the list of characters in the front at hand at all times.Kindle copy obtained via library loan.

  • Louise
    2019-03-11 05:45

    Slow for me to get into initially, as I haven't read any of the previous books in the series. There were a lot of characters and background information to sort through. However, the actual mystery was really well done, and I ended up really enjoying the characters. I couldn't help thinking that the revolutionaries of 25 years before would have hated the Paris of 1815.

  • Ashley Arthur
    2019-03-03 01:26

    I have been ready for this book ever since I finished Imperial Scandal back in June of 2012, and Teresa Grant did not disappoint me. I sat down with this book and was immediately hooked from the first page onward, and before I knew it, an hour and a hundred pages had positively flown by. This is an absorbing mystery and a great addition to the series.Picking up almost immediately where Imperial Scandal left off, The Paris Affair drops Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch in the midst of post-Waterloo Paris, where political intrigue and danger abound. Grant doesn’t waste any time setting up her story. Before the end of the first chapter, Malcolm and Suzanne have blackmail, a hidden child, a foiled assassination plot, and a corpse on their hands.One of Grant’s biggest assets as a writer is her ability to place you seamlessly into her setting. She can paint a scene vividly without hammering you over the head to describe every piece of furniture in a room. She also has a gift for making her readers feel like they are participants in the story, working right alongside Suzanne and Malcolm. And on a more trivial note, good grief do her dress descriptions make me wish I had lived in the early 1800s.Some of my favorite characters in the first and second books were back again, and I enjoyed watching Grant expand on their backgrounds, their relationships, and their hopes for the future. My personal favorite, the incomparable Wilhelmine, Duchess of Sagan, is back in all her glory, and Harry and Cordelia of Imperial Scandal return to help Suzanne and Malcolm get to the bottom of secrets that have been piling up for years.Overall, this was one of the best books I’ve read in 2013. I am so glad Grant is already working on the next book in the series - I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

  • Amy Lignor
    2019-03-25 02:20

    This latest book by one of the ‘best’ when it comes to delivering thrills, is focused once again on the Rannoch family; Malcolm, an aristocratic British diplomat, and his wife, Suzanne, whose family was absolutely ruined by Napoleon’s war. These two are true spies and have many secrets they keep from the public - not to mention each other - with a backstory that’s extremely engaging. Finding themselves in the middle of an investigation of a French informant (double agent, Count Antoine de Rivere), these spies uncover even more secrets that are at the core of their own family.Going into a lower-class bar located in a part of the city that they certainly don’t frequent, the spies try to get the double-agent away from danger and into a safe house. But while in the bar, the Count hints to Malcolm that Malcolm’s murdered sister, Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, might just be the mother of a child the family never even knew about.Demanding safe passage out of the country to a safe destination, the informant threatens Malcolm. Unfortunately before he can win the argument a fight breaks out and causes the Count’s demise.Back at the British Embassy the Duke of Wellington asks Malcolm and Suzanne to find the truth. As they begin looking for answers, what the couple does find is that the Princess was more than mysterious - the birth of a child was only a small part of her vault of secrets she’d kept hidden from her family. The biggest surprise? The child they go hunting for may just have been fathered by Napoleon himself.A true romp through Paris offering readers thrills, chills and surprises around every dark corner, this tale keeps up a fast pace. Following Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, the investigation into the Princess, and when and if she did have a child with the failed Emperor makes for a great adventure. Keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout, this is one book that is unforgettable.

  • Danielle Gonzalez
    2019-03-26 02:41

    This book takes place immediately following the previous one. The Battle of Waterloo has ended and the victors are staking their claims in France. Malcom and Suzanne are on a mission meeting a French agent, when a fight ensues and the agent is killed. Was it an accident, or was it murder? Malcolm and Suzanne will find the truth. Meanwhile, Suzanne has met with Raul and works a side mission with him to rescue an old friend of hers. In the middle of Malcolm’s investigation, he finds that Tatiana had one last secret – a child. Malcolm is determined to find his missing relative. There are a lot of colorful characters in this book, which made it difficult to determine who was on what side. But, that’s what makes for a good mystery. Harry and Cordelia return in this book, and I enjoyed watching their relationship move along. I particularly liked one undercover operative named The Kestrel. He was excellent at disguises and putting himself into character. The book had some surprises at the end, and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot line.

  • Kate Forsyth
    2019-03-18 05:40

    Teresa Grant has written a series of historical mystery novels set during and just after the Napoleonic Wars. Her French heroine Suzanne is married to an English attaché and spy, and together they negotiate their way through murder, intrigue and passion. The stories are always a little slow, but the historical detail is spot-on and the interaction between the characters and their slowly unfolding relationships makes up for it.

  • Tiff
    2019-03-23 05:33

    Teresa Grant has done it again. I love these books. Absolutely LOVE them. Be ready to become immersed in culture, mystery, romance, and history.

  • Ariel
    2019-03-24 03:30

    It has been two months since Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and Paris is a hot bed of unrest. The old French royalty are being reinstated to the rule the country and British soldiers are everywhere. It is a powder keg waiting for a spark. Malcom and Suzanne meet in a public bar to meet Antoine Rivere, a french double agent and blackmailer. He manages to share to tidbits of information before a brawl ensues and Rivere is killed without Malcom and Suzanne witnessing who did it. They begin to investigate what little Rivere had told them and begin to uncover spies, double agents, falsely accused spies, indiscretions, and secrets. The path to the truth of who killed Rivere and why is a long road with several eventful twists.Suzanne Rannock has some big secrets she is hiding from her husband, and throughout the investigation of Rivere's murder she worries about the fallout if they ever come to light. she manages to even smuggle an old spy friend out of the country before the new regime can arrest her, and without Malcom knowing. Suzanne isn't a coddled society lady, she has an unreputable past that comes dangerously close to her new life in this novel. Malcom is a British attache and intelligence officer who wonders at this wife's abilities by his side as they investigate. One of Rivere's bits of information touches on Malcolm's personal life and he takes some risks and uncharacteristically must confide in friends to gain their aid. He is a nicely complex character. Raoul, a former lover and Suzanne's prior spymaster is a complication as well as an ally in an era of uncertainty. He apparently has a history with Malcolm too. Rupert Caruthers and his wife Gabrielle Caruthers are integral parts to the unwinding plot, and they are both tragic in their own ways. They stand out in the whole of the story. Colonel Harry Davenport and Cordelia Davenport assist in a bit of the investigation and some clandestine maneuvers too.The atmosphere of post-war France, with the Allied Powers restoring the Royalists to the throne, and the conquered Bonapartists being imprisoned becomes a part of the plot as well. The volatile atmosphere is vivid throughout the story.The plot is gradually uncovered during the investigation with several twists and revelations. The complexity and danger grows as the story develops and the characters face their own vulnerabilities. The climax is riveting and the wrap-up answers many questions and provides a second chance in one case.Overall, this is an excellent novel with intrigue, secrets, twists, danger, heroics, and fine characters set in a historical setting rife with human drama.Near Perfect - Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. Join me at Mysteries and My Musings book bloghttp://www.mysterysuspence.blogspot.com

  • Blair McDowell
    2019-03-14 21:48

    This is the first book I’ve read by Teresa Grant but it won’t be the last. This adventure, one of a series featuring husband and wife team, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, is set in post Napoleonic Paris, at the time of the restoration of the monarchy. It holds a marvel of historic detail seldom found in such novels. Grant has researched the period thoroughly and has added to the verisimilitude of her complicated and involved plot by threading real historic figures through it in ways that are central to the story. We meet Wellington and Talleyrand and a host of other important figures of the time, all artfully woven into a story of intrigue and romance. To anyone who likes the history part of historical romance to be accurate and interesting this book is a “must read.”I debated giving The Paris Affair five stars. What stopped me was the sheer number of characters the reader has to keep track of. Grant puts a three page list of her characters at the beginning of the book, making clear which are real people and which are fictional, but even so, six (or is it eight?) major characters are a bit much.Still The Paris Affair is a good read and I highly recommend it.

  • Betty Strohecker
    2019-03-16 01:45

    This is another wonderful historical mystery featuring Malcolm and Suzanne. Set in Paris just months after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the city is ripe for danger and intrigue. Malcolm and Suzanne set out to solve the murder of a man who has just indicated he had knowledge of secrets that could upset the British diplomatic corps as well as Malcolm's personal life. It was good to meet old friends such as Harry and Cordelia Davenport who both are becoming investigators in their own right.As usual, Tray Grant includes in depth descriptions of Paris and events of the day as we follow the characters from elegant ballrooms to a local tavern and even the opera. Her use of the senses allows the reader to experience these events as if you were there. The clothing of both males and females is detailed down to the braiding on cuffs and the color and type of fabric. Grant builds the suspense throughout the book on its way to a surprising outcome.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-24 02:43

    Well, I did read all 427 pp. I know I have read one or more of the earlier books and did not feel strongly about them - more negative than positive. I'm done with this series now for certain. It was mushy dialogue to put it nicely. So very far away from what appeals to me, but at least I gave it another try due to my fondness for historical fiction. I suppose it would appeal to people who watch soap operas?

  • Alice
    2019-03-18 04:40

    Excellent third book in series. The characters are becoming more complex and well defined. Lots of intrigue in 1815 Paris. Highly recommend.

  • Linda Smatzny
    2019-03-21 00:32

    The book is set in 1815 in Paris and features the married couple of Malcolm Rannoch and his wife Suzanne. Malcolm works for the British intelligence and his wife used to be an agent for the French. Malcolm knows some of Suzanne's secrets but not all. In this story, Malcolm is looking into the death of an agent who told him he had information about Tatiana who is Malcolm's sister. Everyone has lots of interconnections both of blood and love. The story takes a little time to get going but then moves quickly. The book was a fast easy read.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-22 01:35

    I really enjoyed this story! A departure for me on several levels but a really exciting, fun read!The French Revolution and its aftermath is a period of historical fiction I have not read a great deal in. But it was presented in such an engaging and interesting way in the book that I was quite engrossed in the various machinations of the characters as they attempted to do their interconnected, but often secretly conflicting spying activities. It was great fun!What I loved the most about this book, though, were the characters. Each and every one of them was a fully-realized, multi-facted intriguing person. These people felt real to me, with the greys that real people often have. None of them were perfect, and all of them had secrets, hidden agendas, and past mistakes they were desperately hoping to keep unknown. But every one of them was also tender, kind, earnest and decent under all the spy shenanigans. I loved getting to know all of these characters and I genuinely cared about them and what ultimately happened to them. For me, there isn't a better compliment I can pay a book.The one small difficulty I had with this was sort of a factor of what I liked - the large number of characters. Normally, I don't have any trouble keeping track of lots of characters, but in the early pages of this book I did find myself confused about which couple this was, and what was their particular back-story again? It sorted itself by the middle of the book, and it only detracted in the slightest way from my overall enjoyment of the book.I didn't realize when I started this book that it was part of a series, and I had not read the previous several books. Although there were references to what I presume are things that took place in the earlier books, I did not find that impacted either my ability to follow the current plot, or my enjoyment of the story. This book had its own story and this was fully delivered by the end, so it stood on its own quite well.Although there is some romance between the several couples who are key characters, this is mild, and more focused on the complexities of relationships, especially relationships between complex people with things to hide, than it is on sex. There is no actual sex in this story. There are, however, some interesting and surprising twists in who some of the characters are and what sort of relationships they have, that is unusual for stories set in this time-period. It was handled sensitively, and I applaud the author for how she wrote that aspect. It added even more to my enjoyment of this story.I would definitely read other books with these characters, as although the plot was wrapped up for this book, it was clear that these people would very likely have future adventures. I have no doubt that I will enjoy reading about those adventures as much as I did this installment. Great read, and highly recommended if you enjoy historical fiction set around the French Revolution period with quirky, intelligent and complicated characters.

  • Lirazel
    2019-03-17 23:46

    4.0 stars

  • Paul Burnette
    2019-03-24 02:24

    Not just one, nor even just two, but enough affairs that the reader loses count after about a hundred pages. And you know what? The reader DOESN'T care how many there are! It's the quality of the manner in which pictures are drawn of the relationships involved in each affair, that is what captivates us. Suzanne Rannoch is a splendid match for her inimitable, resourceful husband Malcolm. And the affairs are not all romantic ones, as the central ones involve espionage, plans and affairs in which only part of the information is ever available at once, sort of reminding us of real life's uncertainties and the paucity of facts we must too often base our own decisions on. The fragility of marriages and romantic affairs, even lengthy ones, is explored and compared across several telling examples, all of which reflect on Suzanne and Malcolm's in an interesting and revealing way. And the author has the restraint and artistic sensibility not to explain the comparisons to her readers, instead letting us reflect and analyze them for ourselves, a more satisfying experience, again more like real life. The intrigues and hidden secrets are those we expect in an espionage story, but the even more terrible personal secrets carried variously by most of the characters are what hold our interest and receive the reader's most intense reflection. Have I mentioned that the setting is Paris in the summer of 1815, in the period of unrest immediately following the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. Talleyrand and Wellington as well as other French and British leaders and socialites are present and accounted for, and the places and events are historical, especially the descriptions of the fashions and customs of the time and place. There are a great many references to events of a previous book that this reader found suggestive as they were meant to be, but too often confusing. I fault Amazon's listing of the book that did not suggest it was a sequel to an earlier historical novel that evidently brought Suzanne and Malcolm together in their wonderful but fragile story. I would have read that book first and probably not have had as many pauses in my enjoyment of this one.

  • Judith
    2019-03-21 05:25

    I am reading these out of order and so found some of the interpersonal connections confusing at first, which is more my fault than the fault of the author. Our library has only two of Grant's books, so out-of-order is inevitable. Keeping track of the many characters is helped by the list of all characters in the books, which is further enhanced by the author's noting which are entirely fictional. Nonetheless, this book is like a classic Russian novel, with so many characters linked in so many ways. Were the diplomatic ton really so active in sleeping with each other? (How did a person remember with whom s/he was now sleeping? It is almost like musical "beds"!) I found it slow going at first but picked up as the chase narrowed down to the "who is it". Still finding out the solution to the mystery was a little anticlimatic--I didn't see why the mystery person was so important to the Frasers and others. The romantic resolution was a little contrived, too, but nonetheless this is an interesting, if complexly populated (!) novel.

  • Angela
    2019-03-04 03:30

    I don't know why I put off reading this one so long after it finally came out. I read all the others last fall, & it was easier to keep track of all the characters and circumstances then. So this one had me struggling in confusion thru at least the first half of the book, which was uncomfortable. Her books are very complicated with multiple characters, plots, backgrounds & stories woven together, but I had a hard time with this one, so I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the others. I kept thinking about Daughter of the Game, where Susanne/Melanie reveals her secret - that one I loved! Someday I think I'll go back and read these all in chronological order, and it will be a great experience. But I'll never understand how she jumped around so much in writing them in the first place!

  • danse
    2019-03-14 01:47

    I didn't read anything from the series and did not feel like that was a detriment in understanding the mystery. I enjoyed the mystery even if the pacing was off. I didn't think the balance between the mystery and the main characters was well-down.I disliked the main characters. They didn't seem to fit the time period. Their romantic turmoils was not interesting, in comparison to the main plot. While they felt three dimensional, they also felt extremely irritating. I couldn't sympathize with them at all.I thought the secondary and tertiary characters were a lot more interesting. I liked the escape of the actress. I thought the last chapters made up for the book. In

  • Kathleen Freeman
    2019-03-20 21:47

    Definitely a fan of this series, and I continue to adore the characters of Suzanne and Malcolm. I loved how their friends rallied together to help the St. Gilles' escape and to participate in "solving the mystery". The one thing I wish that was included that I missed was a conversation between Suzanne and Malcolm about having another child, from Secrets of a Lady we know that it was in Paris that Suzanne revealed to Malcolm that she wanted another child, I would have like to see that added into the storyline in the book, I kept waiting for it to come (assuming it would be near the end and it never arrrived). Overall another great adventure and I look forward to reading the next...

  • Sharon
    2019-03-27 03:39

    This novel follows a husband-wife pair of spies working for the British in Paris after Waterloo. It's part of a series I haven't read. The author struck a good balance between relating current events and filling in the back story, but I still had a difficult time following the loyalties of the various characters. I figured out who the culprit was when he first appeared - I thought immediately of other works I've read in this genre.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-14 05:47

    I wanted to like this more than I did, and there were parts that were very enjoyable, but overall the pacing lagged and parts of it felt rather redundant or repetitive. I kept reading to find out what would happen in the end--and the last few chapters were the best--but for the most part, every time I picked it up, I'd think of something else I wanted to do more. A book that should have taken me a couple of days instead stretched to more than a week. Not a good sign.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-21 23:32

    I liked this book, but felt that the characters and the story were both too complex. Perhaps there is a prior book that tells the backstory of the main characters, but this book just alludes to a history and provides some clues. So much happens in this book, that it was hard to remember what the main mystery was - there were three or four intertwined mysteries and it was difficult to keep who was related to whom straight. I have the feeling that is missed a prequel.

  • Sylvia Abrams
    2019-03-16 04:20

    This is the third Rannoch spy novel I've read. Although it has as many plot twists as the previous two, I think I have developed Rannoch fatigue. Teresa Grant's franchise set of aristocratic diplomat spies appear again in Paris. This novel's resolution is more minor key than Vienna Waltz or Imperial Scandal. Clearly, Grant intends to write another adventure for the Rannochs to be set in England.

  • L P
    2019-03-24 04:25

    Another book by Grant I thoroughly enjoyed - Great spy mystery! In this book, the protagonists are named Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, not Charles and Melanie Fraser - although readers will easily recognize the characters. Grant does a much better job with Malcolm and Suzanne than she ever did with Charles and Melanie, although all the stories are exciting.

  • Spitz
    2019-03-07 03:43

    I've read all this author's books about Napoleonic spies, and liked them a lot. But this one seemed too much of a retread of the others. I couldn't help keep noticing how all the characters speak in the same sentence constructions and all they ever talk about is love and marriage. I appreciate the extensive historical research.

  • Mary
    2019-03-23 00:34

    Complicated. Many characters and relationships to keep track of. I liked the interaction between the H/h but there wasn't enough of it. I will keep reading the series.

  • Katie
    2019-03-16 04:44

    Excellent!

  • Foggygirl
    2019-03-27 02:29

    A great read but the ending was a tad mellow dramatic and somewhat saccharine.

  • Christine Graham
    2019-03-14 00:35

    I didn't know this was a series and jumped in on book 6. It was good when I wasn't lost.