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    ‘The Paris Apartment’: Classic murder mystery full of twists and turns

    Lucy Foley has established herself as a master when it comes to murder mysteries. You will probably know her from her bestselling thrillers The Guest List or The Hunting Party, both of which have become TikTok favorites under the book community on #BookTok.

    Her newest thriller, The Paris Apartment, is another solid murder mystery with compelling characters. Fans of the series Only Murders in the Building will love The Paris Apartment, which also centres around some very intriguing characters living in the same apartment building.

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    Many people have likened The Paris Apartment to an Agatha Christie novel and I agree with this. You can always count on Christie for a good ol’ mystery full of twists and turns and The Paris Apartment does the same.

    However, I don’t think this mystery novel is quite worth the hype surrounding it at the moment. It is definitely enjoyable but it is not a superior mystery that I will compare all other mysteries to.

    I would describe this novel as a “light” mystery that is easy to read and fun as well, but not as the new standout novel of our age. That being said, I would recommend this novel to people who are looking for an easy mystery or who enjoy stories set in Paris.


    Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no. Surely everything will look better from Paris.

    Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

    The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

    Everyone’s a neighbour. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone — the socialite; the nice guy; the alcoholic; the girl on the verge and the concierge — has a secret…



    Lucy Foley is a British/Irish author best known for her novels The Hunting Party and The Guest List. She was born in Sussex and currently resides in London.

    Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London. She worked for some years as a fiction editor before publishing her debut novel, The Book of Lost and Found, in 2015.

    Her novel, The Guest List, won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery/Thriller in 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2020 Irish Book Awards.

    The Paris Apartment is published by HarperCollins and is available from Exclusive Book stores for R338.

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