The Books of the Dead by Emilia Bernhard

In The Books of the Dead Rachel Levis finds a man dead in the toilet of a café in Paris. Soon she is asked by the police to assist them in their investigation. But when another murder occurs and the police have no more need for her help, she and her friend Magda Stevens attempt to discover who is behind the death of a librarian on their own.

I enjoyed that this was set in Paris, but the continued reference to areas or streets did little to help to visualize the scene or to move the story along. 

While there was vivid description of secondary characters, there was little, if any attempt at describing Rachel and Magda as anything but middle-aged and so they came off as flat to me. With the addition of an uninspired plot I found myself uninterested in the story or it’s outcome. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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