Most recently I finished reading Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris. I borrowed this book for free on my Kindle as part of the Prime Reading membership on Amazon, and it was exactly the kind of book I needed after reading Little Women. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Little Women, but this kind of gripping and fast moving story was perfect after such a lovely tale of four sisters, where not much happened other than some tragic deaths in the family and lovely romances…
The story of Treasure of Saint-Lazare follows protagonist Eddie Grant when his former lover (Jen) shows up in Paris with a letter addressed to his deceased father. Jen & Eddie’s fathers were special operatives in World War II and were in charge of tracking down and retrieving all the famous art the Nazi party stole. Combining MYSTERY and ART HISTORY, this book was bound to be my cup-of-tea. There were many fun and exciting surprises throughout the book, where I’d audibly gasp while reading.
Jen’s appearance in Paris is the catalyst for Eddie and his friends to embark on a dangerous adventure through the romantic city and even Sarasota to discover the most valuable Nazi loot that still has not been found; a famous ‘Raphael self-portrait’ with crates of gold- worth billions today. Those treasures are intended to finance the Fourth Reich.
Plot locations were straddled between Sarasota, Florida and Paris, France. When reading the author’s bio I learned that he indeed was from both spots as well. It was really interesting reading his descriptions of all things Parisian, how elegant and smooth the culture was compared to America. It was quite apparent that he definitely thought higher of France than he did of the States.
“Action. Adventure. A manhunt with twists, turns, and surprises that make your heart race…”
One thing that I did not care for in the author’s narrative was how many American’s depicted in the story were overweight or obese. Granted I get it- ‘the greatest country in the world also has the greatest problem with obesity’. But it would just rub me the wrong way how the author was almost fat-shaming several of the characters. Yes, all individuals within a novel should be all shapes and sizes, it was just rude to paint the overweight people in such a negative light.
Other than the occasional fat-shame and fleeting cliché crime-novel dialogue, I really did enjoy Treasure of Saint-Lazare. It inspired me to keep reading and discover what was going to happen- if this painting even still existed…
If I purchased this in the bookstore I would’ve been a bit disappointed, due to some thoughts stated above, but I actually enjoyed it as it had been a free novel through the Kindle Prime-Reading membership. If you want fast paced adventure then I think this is definitely a library borrow. It was a quick and interesting read.
Title: Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris (The Eddie Grant Series Book 1)
Author: John Pearce
Series(?): The Eddie Grant Series
Publisher: Alesia Press LLC
Publication Date: January 13, 2017
Source & Format: Kindle, borrowed from Amazon
Page Count: 252
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction