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{Read Epub} ⚨ Le Portrait brisé ⛅ When One Of The Wealthiest And Most Hated Men On The French Riviera Is Murdered, Finding His Killer Becomes A Privilege—and A Danger

It’s A Mediterranean Winter InThough Cannes Glistens, It’s Darker Behind Closed Doors A Real Estate Crisis Has Ripped Through The City’s Storied Fortunes, Upending Lives Courtesan Lola Deslys Has Survived The Ruins Unscathed…until She’s Drawn Into The Desperation Of A Former, And Unfaithful, Acquaintance With The Threat Of Debtors’ Prison Hanging Over Her Head, Lola’s Latest Client Is Running Out Of Time And Luck

Her Client Has Solicited Lola To Reclaim An Incriminating Contract From The Ruthless Banker At The Heart Of The Crisis Many Want To See The Swindler Dead, And When He’s Found Murdered, Everyone Is A Suspect—including One Of Lola’s Closest Friends The Only Clue To Finding The Real Killer: A Shattered Portrait The Only Hope: To Follow Its Pieces Through The Back Alleys And Deadly Deceptions Of The Belle époque Lola is a courtesan who lives in Cannes in the 1800’s.She is blackmailed into finding the killer of a much hated swindler.
Fast moving whodunnit.Interesting look into like in Cannes then.
Thankyou Netgalley for this ARC The Shattered Portrait was a bit of an unusual read for me.  Although it is a murder mystery, it takes place in the Victorian era and is written with the atmosphere of the times at its heart.  There are a lot of flamboyant characters and complex relationships with a whodunit mystery at the center.  I enjoyed the environment of the story more than the murder mystery.  There were a few times where I was quite frustrated with Lola and her need to be at the center of things.  There are also a lot of characters each with their own unique motive.  One of the twists I did see coming but the other I did not.  That's the sign of a well written thriller to me, some mysteries you can solve but equally some red herrings to throw you off.

I would say the story was a bit like a game of Clue set in the time of the movie Moulin Rouge. Some glitz, glamour and social subterfuge with sassy characters including some women who were strong in a time where they were expected to be demure.  The story and writing style reminded me a lot of Gail Carringer's Parasol Protectorate Series without the supernatural elements. I also like that although I hadn't read the first in this series, I could jump right in without feeling lost. That said, I will go back and read the first since I enjoyed this one so much! Despite this being the second book in the Belle Epoque Mystery books, it didn't matter that i had not read the first. It's not often that i can read a book within a day, but i so enjoyed that i did on this occasion. A well written murder mystery that i can recommend. I hope to read more books by Alice Quinn.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review which i have voluntarily given. I wanted to like this one, I really really did. I don't know what was missing for me, but I just couldn't get into it. It took me a long time to even make it over halfway. I'll probably come back to it in a year or so and try it again, but for right now, this book was not a great one for me.

Lola was fun, and I loved her wit, but beyond that, I just kept getting stuck.

Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book to review.