Title: Floats The Dark Shadow
Author: Yves Fey
Publisher: Bearcat Press
Publish Date: August 2012
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Young American painter
Theodora Faraday struggles to become an artist in Belle Époque Paris.
She's tasted the champagne of success, illustrating poems for the
Revenants, a group of poets led by her adored cousin, Averill. When
children she knows vanish mysteriously, Theo confronts Inspecteur Michel
Devaux who suspects the Revenants are involved. Theo refuses to believe
the killer could be a friend-could be the man she loves. Classic
detection and occult revelation lead Michel and Theo through the dark
underbelly of Paris, from catacombs to asylums, to the obscene ritual of
a Black Mass. Following the maze of clues they discover the murderer
believes he is the reincarnation of the most evil serial killer in the
history of France-Gilles de Rais. Once Joan of Arc's lieutenant, after
her death he plunged into an orgy of evil. The Church burned him at the
stake for heresy, sorcery, and the depraved murder of hundreds of
peasant children. Whether deranged mind or demonic passion incite him,
the killer must be found before he strikes again."
My Two Cents:
This book's title, "Floats the Dark Shadow," itself makes this book sound dark and it is! The book is set in Paris during the Belle Epoque, which is an exciting and dangerous place. In the story, our main characters, Michel and young American painter Theodora, are faced with solving a series of gruesome crimes. The killer is somebody who fancies himself to be the reincarnation of one of the most famous and dangerous serial killers ever. This book is definitely dark and definitely not for the faint of heart but if you're looking for something exciting that will keep you turning the pages, this just may be a perfect pick so close to Halloween!
While this book took me a little bit of time to get into, it picks up very quickly as Theodora finds herself on the front lines with this most dangerous killer. I thought that it was a really interesting idea that the killer believes himself to be a reincarnation of one of Joan of Arc's lieutenants gone bad. It definitely made for an intriguing storyline!
This book was definitely suspenseful and definitely had a good deal of mystery going on! I liked how the author was able to keep us guessing with how our heroes were going to solve the crime. This definitely kept me on my toes! I also really liked how Paris itself almost becomes a character in this book. This Paris is not the city of lights, it is more like this idea of darkness and depravity. Overall, I ended up really enjoying this book.
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