A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1)

A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1) Summary

“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
--Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone

A MURDER IN PARISis the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone has received 1,500 five-star reviews.

Diana Hope, 55, is still adjusting to her recent separation when she discovers her ex-husband has just proposed to a woman 30 years younger. Secretly hoping they would reunite, Diana is devastated. She realizes the time has come to reimagine life without him—in fact, to reimagine her life, period.

Devoting the last 30 years of her life to being a dutiful wife and mother and to climbing the corporate ladder, Diana has been relentlessly driven, and has not taken a moment to do anything for herself. Now, the time has come.

Diana never forgot her first boyfriend, who begged her to join him for a year in Europe after college. She had wanted to go so badly, but it had seemed like a wild, romantic idea, and a gap year, she’d thought, would hinder her resume and career. But now, with her daughters grown, her husband gone, and her career no longer fulfilling, Diana realizes it’s time for herself—and to take that romantic year in Europe she’d always dreamed of.

Diana prepares to embark on the year of her life, finally turning to her bucket list, hoping to tour the most beautiful sights and sample the most scrumptious cuisines—and maybe, even, to fall in love again. But a year in Europe may have different plans in store for her. Can A-type Diana learn to go with the flow, to be spontaneous, to let down her guard and to learn to truly enjoy life again?

In A MURDER IN PARIS (Book #1), Diana hopes to kick off her journey, and find new love, with an unforgettable night at the Versailles ball. But when the dramatic night takes a harrowing turn she could never expect, Diana realizes she will have to solve the crime—or else have her trip end in disaster.

A YEAR IN EUROPE is a charming and laugh-out-loud cozy mystery series, packed with food and travel, with mysteries that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and with experiences that will leave you with a sense of wonder. As Diana embarks on her quixotic quest for love and meaning, you will find yourself falling in love and rooting for her. You will be in shock at the twists and turns her journey takes as she somehow finds herself at the center of a mystery, and must play amateur sleuth to solve it. Fans of books like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun have finally found the cozy mystery series they’ve been hoping for!

Book #2 (DEATH IN FLORENCE) and book #3 (VENGEANCE IN VIENNA) in the series are now also available!

Book Reviews


Diana is dumb…1 star

The main character and storyline is ridiculous.15


Couldn’t put it down5 star

Story line makes you keep reading. Loved it!55


A Murder In Paris5 star

I Love Diana. But how did she age 3 years in two weeks? She was 52 in this book. The #2 book says she is 55! Come on, y’all lets stay on track. I will keep reading of course❗️55


Not a main character I’d root for1 star

The heroine wasn’t very likeable. Maybe after she grows a backbone I could read this series. Her daughter was insufferable. Her boss was beyond selfish as was her ex. And she just took it all.15


Interesting read, but predictable2 star

Starts out interesting, but the plot was somewhat predictable25


Well . . .?3 star

Decently written but naively plotted. After having published a skillion books, surely an author should do better than this.35


Really good!5 star

It was fast paced, fun, and loved the bits a France intertwined.55

Midnite reader

Bad French and poor research2 star

If you want a simple mystery keep it local and it might work. But if you set something in Paris, at least google the locations so you know how long it takes to travel from the city to Versailles. And if you are going to include French phrases, get a real French speaker to proof them. Poor research takes away from everything else. This story would have worked much better set in a BnB in a small town no one knew.25


Fun Read4 star

I found the book quite easy to read, and I wanted to come back to it consistently until I finished. I would love to have seen a couple of supporting characters more fleshed out, but maybe in the next installment.45


A Murder in Paris1 star

Terrible! If I could give it zero stars I would. I struggled through half of it, with the main character - supposedly a mature, intelligent, accomplished executive - rhapsodizing ditzily about Paris, romance, and dreaming about rekindling a relationship with a man she hadn’t seen in thirty years. A Murder in Paris?? This is a romance novel, period, and unbelievable at that, filled with every negative stereotype about France and the French, from body odor to rudeness to smoke-filled restaurants. The author’s descriptions of Parisian geography (strolling from la Sainte Chapelle to Notre Dame, taking a wrong turn and winding up at Pere Lachaise Cemetery?) and her misspelled French phrases made me wonder if she has ever even been to Paris. After way too many pages of pounding heartbeats and heaving breasts, with no murder (or believable characters) in sight, I finally gave up. My only consolation is that it was a free download.15

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