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The Memory of Scent: Art and Murder in 19th Century Paris

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"Henri is a bit of a night owl. I like him. I think his insecurities make him comfortable to be around and he is instantly recognisable - this little bearded man with the bulbous nose and checked trousers. And he adores Maria, which is probably why he paints her so much. 'Henri de Toulouse Lautrec', his name has the ring of the nobility that he does indeed spring from, but ...more
ebook, 281 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by History Press (SC)
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Trudy  Hodkinson
Set against the backdrop of Paris in 1883 this story is a wonderful mix of friendship, art, love and trauma. It starts off as a bit of a murder mystery as 2 French models discover the artist they posed for is found dead. The story follows the lives of Fleur and Babette and shows how the artists death has consequences for them both as their lives spiral out of control. I loved the fabulous descriptions of Paris in this era, and felt transported into smokey cafes where artistic people came to drin ...more
Kelly Robinson
The Memory of Scent is one of the most original and compelling stories that I have read in a long time. I received this debut novel from Lisa Burkitt free through goodreads firstreads, and I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future. First of all the setting - Bohemian Paris in the 1880s, is magnificent, and Burkitt offers lush descriptions of the art scene during this time period. The story begins when two models for the same artist, Fleur and Babette, pass each other in the hallw ...more
Katherine Jones
My initial interest in The Memory of Scent was to gain a peek into the less glamorous underbelly of Paris in the late 1800′s. What I then found was a darkly evocative novel–sometimes eerie, always richly textured and finely imagined. Author Lisa Burkitt possesses an impressively confident prose, every word carefully selected. Though the narrative is not spare, it’s not embellished either. The result is crisp, clean language that despite its weighty tone is a pleasure to read.

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Sophie Gonzales
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I love Paris and Impressionism, so I was very keen to read The Memory of Scent. But, as it turns out, my experience was quite mixed.

I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris, which the author describes in clear, nicely written detail. These descriptions give the novel a lovely romantic tone and bring this renowned era of Parisian history to life. The elements of scent are also well-integrated, and prove to be an extremely important catalyst to the plot. I particularly liked th
Tim Hodkinson
This is not the sort of HF I would normally read. My wife suggested I try it in an effort to broaden my mind a bit and after some initial protests (e.g. “there are no swords on the cover!”) I decided to give it a go, and I have to say I am glad I did.
Bohemian Paris in the 1880s with its cafes, salons and the social milieu around the impressionist movement provides the backdrop for the novel. Lisa Burkitt manages to evoke the period admirably. There is plenty of historical detail. The reader is b
Paris in the 1880’s was a decadent place to be filled with elegance, art, passion, and wonderful food. Author, Lisa Burkitt, writes a novel about the great impressionist artists of the time – Renois, Monet, Degas, and the famous Toulouse Lautrec.

At the heart of the story are two women. Fleur and Babette who are models for Toulouse Latrec. The paths of their lives take drastic turns as one falls into poverty and prostitution and the other flirts in the elegant salons of artists and society.

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