I rarely read mysteries – this makes two in a week’s time and two in probably ten years – but I came upon James Fitzroy’s “The Countess’s Portrait” while searching for a Montmartre period piece under Amazon’s Book section. And I have to say there was enough intrigue, sexual tension and danger to keep me turning the pages. The author does an outstanding job of describing the settings while breathing life and personality into each of the main characters.
The action is non-stop and the chemistry between Chester Albany and Pigalle Le Pic roils with multiple emotions including contempt, playfulness and compassion.
If you’re looking for a well-written, credible period piece founded in mystery and passion, this is the one to add to the collection. And only 99 cents!