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The Gargoyle in the Seine

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The City of Light has some dark places. Art student Clary Ashton can’t imagine a more perfect spot to study painting than Paris in the spring of 1878, until she witnesses a body thrown into the Seine, the body of Liam Heaton, another art student with a mysterious background. What Clary thinks is murder becomes much more as Liam’s secrets come to light, and Clary finds hers ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published 2011 by Dee Garretson
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May 07, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Did I like the story? Yes

Could I read the story again? Yeah, I could, though I would more than likely choose another book on the shelf.

Will I read the next in the series? Not sure if there is a second in the series, but the answer is yes either from Library or at a good price, but I wouldn’t say that I’d stand at the bookstore at midnight waiting on release date.

Will I read other books from the same author? Yes

How many stars? Gave it 3.5 stars because I answered everything yes above.

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This is another mystery that I did not solve before the end! That as I have said in previous reviews is a good start to show that this is a well written book. I also really like the setting, as a lover of European history, 1870's Paris is a great hook. The writing makes you feel as if you are entering a different world and Clary is a great guide through the time. She is clever and caring and has an edge that shows she can take care of whatever situation she gets involved in. I enjoyed the story ...more
Dee Garretson captures Paris in 1878 with beautiful descriptions and enchanting dialog that makes me want to see if it really was how she said it was. In The Gargoyle in the Seine, you witness not only the beauty of Paris but also the darkness that lingers in plain sight.

Clary Ashton is great main character with all of her spitfire qualities that linger in the back of your mind once you're done reading about her. She is stubborn and creative, a great mixture when it comes to reading about a boo
ZaBeth  Marsh
I just finished “The Gargoyle in the Seine” by Dee Garretson as my Crime/Mystery selection in my Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge. I’m completing my reader challenge using only books from authors I follow on Twitter, and I have to say that I picked a great read for this category.
Garretson has created a strong heroine in Clary Ashton, a British art student who spent her childhood traveling the American west with her father and brother. This unique upbringing has provided Clary with confidence to ta
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

A mystery set in an interesting time.The herione is hindered in her investigation both by the attitude towards woman and the limits of class distinction of the time.Clary does have the advantage of a different upbringing which helps her navigate these challenges.

There were plenty of twists and red herrings to keep the mystery going.Some were confusing on differnt levels.Mainly these were the relationships of the characters as they seemed to change rather quic
Cynthia Hill
I’m starting to feel a bit like a broken record (for anyone younger than thirty: records were those black, flat, plastic pancakes that played music back in the Dark Ages) but again, it took me some time to get into this book. I’m actually starting to wonder if it’s me, rather than the authors, or if authors are taking too long to get to the meat of the story.

Either way, I’m glad that I stuck with it. Eventually the story started going along at a good clip, and I loved the details of British and
Harish Puvvula
Historical suspense set in Victorian Paris. The novel has a good political backdrop of war between England and Russia looming large. As with most suspense novels, this one too has enough characters to keep one guessing who the culprit is. In a way, the author has taken a simple jealous-lover vein and used the political situation as a wrapping to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable page-turner. I think the characters Clary, the pertinacious art student and Resse, the charming spy are portrayed, in ant ...more
Lynn Thompson
Fast Paced, Page Turner. Set in 19th century Paris, Clary sees a murder no-one is intended to see, the French police won’t listen to her, so she sets out to find who killed her friend. Not only does she end up being set up for her friend’s murder, she inadvertently stumbles upon a terrorist plot. Clary can take care of herself, which is proven when she survives numerous murder attempts on her life! I found this book hard to put down. Every time I thought I knew who the culprit was, I was proven ...more
Gripping mystery set amid the political turmoil of the waning days of the 19th century. Well-written with vivid characters, including the resourceful, fiercely independent young artist Clary, who is equally at home in the brilliant salons of Paris as she is roasting lizards over an open fire.
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