Thursday, September 15, 2016

(Review) Death At The Paris Exposition, An Emily Cabot Mystery Number 6 by Frances McNamara



Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Allium Press 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Pages: 276
Source: Free paperback copy from Frances McNamara.  I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent 

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About The Author: 
Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and formerly worked as a librarian at the University of Chicago. When not working or writing she can be found sailing on the Charles River in Boston or beaching on Cape Cod.
For more information please visit Frances McNamara’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads.
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Summary:
Amateur sleuth Emily Cabot’s journey once again takes her to a world’s fair–the Paris Exposition of 1900. Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer is named the only female U. S. commissioner to the Exposition and enlists Emily’s services as her secretary. Their visit to the House of Worth for the fitting of a couture gown is interrupted by the theft of Mrs. Palmer’s famous pearl necklace. Before that crime can be solved, several young women meet untimely deaths and a member of the Palmer’s inner circle is accused of the crimes. As Emily races to clear the family name she encounters jealous society ladies, American heiresses seeking titled European husbands, and more luscious gowns and priceless jewels. Along the way, she takes refuge from the tumult at the country estate of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. In between her work and sleuthing, she is able to share the Art Nouveau delights of the Exposition, and the enduring pleasures of the City of Light with her family.

My Thoughts:
Several reasons I love Death At The Paris Exposition:

  • Death At The Paris Exposition strongly depicts society, culture, and standards of 1900. In addition, views on divorce, clothing styles, etiquette, matchmaking, travel, parenting, and marriage is shown.  
  • The socio-economic class is depicted through the different levels of society, from the wealthy class, to moderate level, and to the servant. I saw a broad view of people living in 1900. 
  • Emily Cabot and her family travel to Paris for the Exposition. Through Emily's eyes I viewed Paris. What was most interesting is the Art Noveau present in the architecture of buildings, paintings, and other art work. Art Noveau is one of my favorite art styles.  
  • Impressionism was an art movement that began in the late 1800s. Mary Cassatt is a secondary character in the book. She is one of my favorite artists. 
  • Emily Cabot, and her husband, Dr. Stephen Cabot are intellectuals. They both have careers. Emily's husband does not seem to mind her activity in solving a murder mystery. He is an active father. He gives Emily the freedom to make decisions and have a little independence. I don't feel this was the norm for 1900. However, I enjoyed reading about characters who were not the typical married couple presented by most books for this era. I felt this gave the book a unique perspective. I believe they are a couple ahead of their time. 
  • The detective murder mystery is a cozy mystery. There isn't graphic violence. The book is a clean read. 
  • The book is also a character study. People of differing levels of society, how they handle problems in life, and the repercussions of poor decisions. 

Blog Tour Schedule:

Monday, September 5
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Spotlight at A Bookaholic Swede
Tuesday, September 6
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, September 7
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, September 8
Spotlight at What is That Book About
Friday, September 9
Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Sunday, September 11
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Tuesday, September 13
Spotlight at To Read, or Not to Read
Wednesday, September 14
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, September 15
Review at Impressions In Ink
Friday, September 16
Guest Post and Excerpt at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium


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