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Review: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Title: The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 363 pages
Book Rating: 363 pages

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide… 

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge

Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.


The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley is a diabolically clever mystery.

Ben Daniels and his half-sister Jess Hadley are not close. But when Jess calls asking to stay with him, he reluctantly says yes. Ben is charming and more successful than rough around the edges Jess. He has been staying in a lovely apartment in Paris but Jess wonders how he can afford his posh accommodations. But the more pressing question turns out to be, where is Ben?

Jess is running from trouble but she does not allow her problems to stop her from finding Ben. She does not know much about what is currently going on in his life. However, Jess knows something is very wrong since her brother is not waiting for her as promised. Her propensity for acting without thinking might aid her in her search for Ben. Or will it land her in the middle of danger?

Jess begins trying to find answers from the other people in the building. Her first encounter with Antoine when he is drunk and fighting with a woman leaves her with less than favorable impression. Jess is in luck when she meets Nick, a fellow Brit who personally knows Ben. The men are university friends but is he telling her everything he knows about Ben? She does not learn much when she runs into another tenant, Mimi. Jess is put off by the cold and intimidating occupant of the penthouse, Sophie Meunier. And then there is the ever lurking, always silent concierge.

Jess’s investigation into Ben’s disappearance turns up few details about him. Her one possible lead is newspaper editor Theo Mendelson. Jess is growingly increasingly frustrated and frightened for Ben as she fails to turn up any new information. She is also uncertain about whom she can trust but in order to find Ben, Jess knows she will have to put her faith in someone in Ben’s orbit. But is she choosing the right person?

The Paris Apartment is an incredibly intriguing mystery that is full of suspense. Jess is surprisingly easy to like but she does not always make the best decisions. The chapters alternate between the various characters’ perspectives which provides interesting details about their lives. The apartment building is atmospheric which adds another layer of tension to the storyline. The plot is exceptionally well-developed and moves at a very brisk pace. With sly twists and stunning turns, Lucy Foley brings this deviously compelling mystery to an extremely unexpected but highly satisfying conclusion.

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Review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Title: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B+

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A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


The Guest List by Lucy Foley is an atmospheric mystery set on an island off the coast of Ireland.

Julia “Jules” Keegan is a successful  on-line magazine publisher who is marrying television star Will Slater.  Their destination wedding is taking place on wild, beautiful and isolated Cormorant Island. Jules’ happiness about her upcoming wedding is marred by a warning note she recently received and her half-sister (and bride’s maid) Olivia’s troubling behavior. But she quickly overcomes the few qualms she harbors and she and Will are soon celebrating their nuptials. But during the after wedding festivities, everyone is a little on edge due to ferocious winds, an unexpected storm and power outages.  And then a terrified waitress reveals a shocking discovery…

Wedding planner Aoife and her chef husband Freddie are delighted their first island wedding features high profile celebrities. Despite its somewhat troubled history, Cormorant Island is the perfect destination wedding site.  Aoife has the upcoming ceremony well in hand but even she is a bit taken aback by the boorish behavior of Will’s boarding school mates Johnno, Femi, Duncan, Angus and Pete.  Little does she realize how unseemly their behavior will become after the vows are exchanged.

Julia’s best friend Charlie and hisplus-one” wife Hannah are also among the guests.  Charlie is acting as MC while Hannah tries to fit in with the strangers surrounding her. Despite their many years of marriage, she has never become friends with Jules and she definitely is a fish out of water.  Hannah is unea sy with Charlie and Jules’ long-term friendship but she tries to ignore the stirrings of jealousy she sometimes feels in their company.

Johnno and Will are best mates who met at boarding school.  However, while Will has become wildly successful and famous, Johnno is haunted by their time at Trevellyan’s.  His one shot at success  did not quite go his way and he is struggling since leaving his last position.  And after he is on Cormorant Island, Johnno begins to wonder if their friendship means as much to Will as he believes.

Nineteen year old Olivia has been a bit of a mess for quite some time and everyone is hoping she can make it through the festivities without causing a scene.  She and Jules have never been close and their relationship has deteriorated even more in recent months. Olivia unexpectedly connects with Hannah and she finds herself confiding her troubles to the older woman.  But will Olivia reveal the secret she has been carrying for so many months?

Alternating between several points of view, The Guest List is an entrancing mystery with an eerie setting and well hidden secrets.  The story moves back and forth between the events the day before the wedding and the day of the ceremony. The chapters from the various characters’ perspectives provide intriguing insight into who might have reason to harm any number of wedding attendees. With a vast pool of suspects and a plethora of motives, Lucy Foley keeps readers in suspense until the mystery’s stunning conclusion. Fans of the genre are sure to love this well-drawn, multi-layered mystery.

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Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Title: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?


The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is an atmospheric mystery that is fast-paced and suspenseful.

Every New Year’s Eve, a group of college friends maintain their longstanding tradition to gather for the holiday. This year, relative newcomer Emma is in charge of planning their vacation at an isolated hunting lodge in the  Scottish Highlands. This year’s festivities are off to a bit of an uneven start with new parents Samira and Giles busy taking care of their six month old daughter.  Longstanding clashes between beautiful, de facto leader Miranda Adams and the other members of their group also take their toll.

Everything comes a head just after they ring in the New Year and one of their group disappears. Manager Heather and gamekeeper Doug’s frantic search the missing guest is hampered by the blinding snowstorm. They are dismayed to learn that help from nearby community will not arrive until the weather clears. Doug makes a stunning discovery that shocks the friends and leaves everyone wondering who among them might be a killer.

Emma became part of the friendship after she started dating Mark three years earlier. She has meticulously planned this year’s gathering and she is quite pleased with everyone’s reaction to Loch Corrin. Emma is unflappable as the tension grows between the members of the group but she manages to keep on track with the events she has organized.

Miranda is married to her college boyfriend Julien and by outward appearances, they are the perfect couple.  After graduation, the career she expected to begin never materialized and she is somewhat unsatisfied with her life. Her marriage to Julien is strained but she hopes the break from “real” life will give them the chance to reconnect.

Katie is Miranda’s best friend from childhood and she is the only one in the group who is single. She is a lawyer who works long hours at her firm so she does not have much free time to date. In recent months, she has shrugged off Miranda’s attempts to get together and her friend is a little hurt when Katie is less than eager to spend time with her at the lodge.

Despite their long acquaintance, not all of the group are besties. Everyone is aware that Mark has pined after Miranda since college and tempers flare between them during the trip. Mark is also derisive towards Nick and his boyfriend Bo.  Nick’s relationship with Miranda is quite cool and her propensity to speak before she thinks further alienates Nick and Bo.  With their relationships unexpectedly fracturing during their trip, will their friendships survive this trip?

Heather and Doug both have their reasons for accepting their positions at Loch Corrin. They go their separate ways in between bookings and they do not know each other very well.  Doug is taciturn and suffers from PTSD due to his military service. Heather is hiding away from her friends and family due to a devastating loss. However, they pull together to try to locate their missing guest but Heather grows suspicious of Doug when she uncovers troubling information about his past.

Alternating between four distinct perspectives,  The Hunting Party is a spine-tingling mystery that is quite captivating.  The isolated setting and increasing  animosity between the friends ratchets the tension to a fever pitch. Well placed plot twists and worsening weather conditions keep the pages turning at a blistering pace.  Lucy Foley cleverly keeps the dead person’s and the killer’s identity tightly under wraps until the novel’s breathtaking conclusion. An well-plotted mystery that I absolutely loved and highly recommend to fans of the genre.

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