Wednesday 1 March 2023

Paris Requiem by Chris Lloyd | Blog Tour Book Review

[ad/gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.]

Paris Requiem by Chris Lloyd
My rating: 4/5
Publisher: Orion
Publication date: 23rd February 2023

Paris, September 1940.

After three months under Nazi Occupation, not much can shock Detective Eddie Giral. That is, until he finds a murder victim who was supposed to be in prison. Eddie knows, because he put him there. The dead man is not the first or the last criminal being let loose onto the streets. But who is pulling the strings, and why?

This question will take Eddie from jazz clubs to opera halls, from old flames to new friends, from the lights of Paris to the darkest countryside - pursued by a most troubling truth: sometimes to do the right thing, you have to join the wrong side...

I generally wouldn't reach for a historical fiction book but this year I am trying to branch out more. Paris Requiem is proof that I needed to!

Set in the 1940s in Paris under the Occupation, Detective Eddie Giral is called to a jazz club where a body has been found. The person's lips had been sewn together. Eddie is shocked by this because the body is that of a prisoner that Eddie had helped get put away. He wasn't due to be released so why and how did this happen?

Upon delving into this Giral and his partner Boniface discover that other prisoners have been released but no-one who works at the prison is speaking. Their files are gone too so it is as though they were never incarcerated.

I loved the backdrop of this novel and the pace was perfect. As I mentioned, I don't tend to read historical fiction but I felt as though I learned a lot in the background whilst also being entertained by the plot. The author's note was very helpful too!

Eddie is a complex character for sure and, props to the author, his personality really shone through. I believe this isn't the first in the series so I will have to go back and read! 


A massive thank you to Orion for having me on the blog tour. You can find information about the other blogger's taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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