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Night Train to Paris

(A Fen Churche Mystery #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Paris, 1945. Fen looked out over the rooftops as the sun was setting. The letter she was holding, written on blue paper, was the clue she’d been searching for. She wiped away a tear and pulled herself together. Who would want to murder her dearest friend?

Fen Churche arrives in Paris, determined to put the horrors of the war behind her. But the city of lights has lost its s
Published November 26th 2020 by Bookouture
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DJ Sakata
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Fen shook her head in disbelief. She’d heard of pretty girls turning men’s heads, but this one seemed to have twisted James’s noggin right off.

Her brother had once threatened to throw her over this bridge when she’d naughtily flicked one of his toy soldiers into the Seine. Her claims that the little fellow wanted to be a sub-mariner hadn’t cut the mustard and sibling relations had hit rather a low point.

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This was a head-scratcher and rollicking good multileveled mystery
Following on from A Dangerous Goodbye, Fenella Churche left the small town of Morey-Fontaine in Burgandy where she’d been involved in murder while trying to find the details of her fiancé Arthur’s demise. Now she was on the night train to Paris with her new friend, and Arthur’s very good friend, James Lancaster, where she was going to see one of her parent’s friends, artist Rose Coillard. She hoped to stay with Rose in her apartment for some time, needing to be reminded of those days before the ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Night Train to Paris is the sophomore instalment in the Fenella "Fen" Churche Mystery series—an evocative and compulsive work of World War II historical crime, set in 1940's France. A potent and riveting mix of historical fact and crime fiction, where Chester builds the fictional plot atop of the authentic and intricately detailed historical foundation, this is every bit as engrossing as the first novel, if not more so. It's October 1945 and the city of Paris is crumbling having endured the heft ...more
I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Fliss Chester's historical mystery NIGHT TRAIN TO PARIS.

Having been transported back in time to post war France in the tail end of summer 1945 with the first in this cosy series featuring cryptic crossword cluer Fenella Churche, I was excited to sink my teeth in yet another of her historical mysteries with NIGHT TRAIN TO PARIS. And while I didn't find it as enthralling as the first, it was still an engaging read.

October 1945: After
Nadishka Aloysius
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was an interesting mix of historical fiction and mystery. The crime actually took place almost half way through the book, so a word of warning to those who expect a fast paced thriller. I enjoyed the read. The characters were all introduced and the story was set up very well. The characters carried the story and I wanted to know more about them and their experiences. I was drawn into post WW2 Paris. Everyone had a tale to share and this was a good reminder of the hardships people had t ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Grab your crystal champagne coupe, some fizz and a slice of deeply caramelized brown Tarte Tatin (with a generous dollop of Chantilly cream) because Fliss Chester is going to whisk you away to the city of light in her historical mystery, Night Train to Paris, to be published November 26, 2020.

Having just lost her fiancé near the end of WW2, Fenella Churche, under the watchful, yet protective eye of her husband’s best friend, James, heads for Paris. Intending to relax and have time to mourn, Fen
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fen is independent, sensible and with her love of cryptic crosswords, enjoys working out clues that others may miss. Arriving on the night train from Burgundy, fresh from solving a murder there, she is looking forward to spending some time in Paris and rediscovering the people and places she knew when she grew up there before the war.

Paris is slowly waking up now the Occupation is over, but things have changed, people are missing, shops and galleries boarded up and artwork has been stolen by t
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tummy bug and a blog tour stop at the same time could produce a terrible review but I will try to write something rational and intelligible as I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I loved A Dangerous Goodbye, an excellent start for a historical mystery series, and I loved Night Train to Paris.
We met again Fen and we are in Paris, just after the WWII ended.
This is a well written, engrossing and highly entertaining story that kept me hooked.
The historical background is one of the elements that fascina
Kathleen Gray
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fen has accepted that Arthur, her fiance is dead. It's 1945 and the war is over- thus a perfect time to visit Rose, her godmother, in Paris. Rose, an artist, helped save art owned by Jewish families but someone thinks she did otherwise- and has killed her. Fen, along with Captain James Lancaster, her fiancé's best friend, find themselves working through puzzles to find the murderer, as well as the truth about Rose. This is wonderfully atmospheric and creative in the use of cypher. I very much en ...more
Pamela Scott
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
#ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed


This is my first time reading the author. I thought Night Train to Paris was a fantastic book. I will definitely read the first and any new Fen Churche mysteries. Historical Fiction has become one of my most-read genre’s this year and I find new authors all the time. I loved the setting. Paris is my favourite city. The author does a brilliant job of bringing it to life during the era the book i
J R Morgan
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Bookouture Publishing and Netgalley for the book in return for my honest review. Honestly - I recommend this book.

This is my first book by Fliss Chester and my plan is to go get the first book in this series. Not because it's necessary but because I really liked this book. So I'm curious on what transpired with both Fen and James in the first book.

The writing is very descriptive and at times I felt like I was there experiencing the sites and sounds of Paris. Fliss Chester kept me
Sue F
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two of my favorite types of mysteries are historical mysteries, and mysteries set in France. Night Train to Paris fits in both categories, so I was happy to receive an advance copy from the publisher to review. And I liked it!

The book opens as Fenella Churche is travelling from Dijon to Paris - on the civilian “night train” that isn’t really supposed to be a night train, but actually is, since pretty much every other train on the tracks in the aftermath of World War II has higher priority than i
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the first book of the series, A Dangerous Goodbye, Land Army girl, Fenella (Fen) Churche and her fiancé, Arthur, share a love of cryptic crossword puzzles. To get past the redactors, Arthur uses cryptic clues in his letters to Fen. His final letter to her in 1944 reads like a goodbye. When Arthur doesn't return after the end of the war, Fen travels to France, following the clues in Arthur's letter, to find out what happened to him. In Morey-Fontaine, a village in Burgundy, she finds work in a ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Night Train to Paris, the second novel to feature former land girl Fenella Churche.

Autumn 1945. After the events of A Dangerous Goodbye Fen, accompanied by James Lancaster, her late fiancé’s friend, takes the train from Burgundy to Paris to stay with family friend, bohemian artist Rose Coillard. She hasn’t been there long when Rose is murdered, a paintbrush in her neck. The police say it’s a burglary gone wrong, Fen thinks Ros
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now it’s 1945 & Fen Churche arrives in Paris, determined to put the horrors of the war behind her. But the city of lights has lost its spark, except inside the beautiful apartment of Fen’s godmother, artist Rose Coillard. Fen can’t wait to hear about Rose’s war work – under the nose of prominent Nazis, Rose created a secret list of the precious paintings they stole. Now Rose will be able to return them to their rightful Jewish owners. After a blissful few days reuniting with old friends, Fen fin ...more
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the first Fen Churche mystery, A Dangerous Goodbye and was very excited when I spotted this second instalment was due out. If you've ever looked at the kind of books that manage to get five stars, it's generally the historical murder mysteries, but only if they are well written. There's something about that genre that just does it for me. The Fen Churche Mysteries definitely fall into that category. Night Train to Paris, the second book in the series, is, fortunately, just as ...more
Shirley McAllister
The Chameleon

After finding out what happened to her fiancée Arthur, Fen traveled back to Paris to spend some time with an old friend, Rose. She was I companied by Arthur's friend James. They were enjoying Paris when Rose was murdered and they had to work together and solve the mystery.

The excitement builds as the investigation brings them to WWII, the Nazi's, stolen artwork and the resistance. One agent in particular was of great interest, the one they called The Chameleon, but who could it be?

Pearly Williams
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Night Train to Paris is truly an entertaining murder mystery that was difficult to put down. Fliss Chester has a talent for capturing your attention and holding it right till the end of the novel.

Fen travels to Paris to spend time with her friend Madame Rose Coillard. They are enjoying their time together when Rose is suddenly found murdered. Fen works together with James, to solve the mystery and find the killer.

The characters were interesting and the sights and sounds of Paris were well descr
Karin Carlson
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fen Churche arrives in Paris, determined to put the horrors of the war behind her. But the city of lights has lost its spark, except inside the beautiful apartment of Fen’s godmother, artist Rose Coillard. Fen can’t wait to hear about Rose’s war work – under the nose of prominent Nazis, Rose created a secret list of the precious paintings they stole. Now Rose will be able to return them to their rightful Jewish owners. But before that can happen Rose is murdered and the real mystery begins. Trav ...more
I missed the first book in this series by Fliss Chester. However this Fen Churche mystery number 2 is nonetheless very enjoyable.

I hadn't read the blurb about the story before starting, so it took me a while to get into the book. In fact at about 30 percent I'll admit, I nearly gave up. However in the end I really enjoyed the storyline.

I won't go into detail about the plot for fear of spoiling the book for other readers. What I liked was the way the characters were developed. I also liked the
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
October 1945. Fen is travelling to Paris to stay with old friend, artist Rose Coillard, along with Captain James Lancaster. But when Rose is murdered Fen decides to unravel the truth of Rose's work during the war, and find her killer. If the motive is hidden in the war years, with many dead who can help her, especially when there is another killing. Although the Captain helps he is distracted by his new love.
Another entertaining well-written historical mystery with its slow build towards the cli
Robin Price
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those delightful cozy mysteries that one can lose oneself in on a cold winter night, sitting in front of a nice warm log fire.
It is 1945. The war has just ended as Fenella Churche and her friend James Lancaster arrive in Paris. Within a few days another of her friends is murdered with a paintbrush stuck through her neck. So ... A cozy mystery with a bit of a punch in a plot involving stolen art and forgeries, and a double agent in the Resistance.
A well written modern approach to t
Nan Williams
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, no-more
What a treat this was to visit Paris of yore and to enjoy some history of fashion as well as art at that time in the City of Light. It was a sensual delight for me to re-visit Paris via the descriptions in this novel.

The crux of the novel had to do with the Nazi’s rape of French art. Some was taken to Germany, some was sold and some was stolen by the French, themselves. It was a good reminder of what went on during the Nazi occupation of France – and post war.

It was interesting and a good way to
First off a huge thank you to the publisher Bookouture,the author Fliss Chester and Netgalley for inviting me to join the blog tour for this book as well as letting me read and review it . Now here is where I would list why I loved and enjoyed a book so much but there is only one reason for this one and to me that's the biggest one to have to pick up a book and that's how the author makes you feel while reading it, as well as the characters, the fashions , the descriptions of Paris, the building ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like mysteries that double as historical fiction. This mystery is set in beautiful Paris, post WWII. Fen is staying at her family friend, Rose’s, apartment with her late fiancee’s friend,James Lancaster. Rose is active in trying to restore art, stolen from many Jews by the Nazis, and return it to their rightful owners. A series of murders, as well as an interesting group of suspects, create the tension. I recommend this mystery, and thank NetGalley for the ARC.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the second Fen Churche mystery, Night Train to Paris. The characters are interesting and well developed, With a setting in post-WWII Paris and a challenging mystery, I read the book in one sitting. The first mystery was good and I am looking forward to the next one! Thank you to #NetGalley for letting me read an early copy of #NightTraintoParis.
Joni Owens
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written mystery. The beginning is a little slower paced filled with back story (this is part of a series but you can read this as a stand alone and be okay) and setting the scene for the mystery to come. This is a great read for fans of say Murder, She Wrote. There’s nothing gruesome or scary in this book but it makes you really explore the clues.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the writing style - interesting story from the 1940s.....Fenella is a strong character.
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