The Parisian Prodigal

I hadn’t really planned to post any more, but Alan Gordon’s The Parisian Prodigal was so good, I’ll make an exception.  I’ve written about Gordon’s Fools’ Guild mysteries previously, but the latest episode is one of the best.  Our heroic family of fools remains in Toulouse for a second adventure serving Count Raimon.  Although I immediately guessed the killer’s identity, the revelation of the motive and the witty dialogue throughout made this title worth reading.  I was sincerely saddened to turn the last page and eagerly await further escapades with Theo and Claudia.

It was an easy segue from that loving pair to another witty duo in George Baxt’s Hollywood-based mystery, The William Powell and Myrna Loy Murder Case.  The playful banter of the Thin Man movie series is accurately captured in this light-hearted, yet deadly title.  A celebrity madam’s decision to publish her memoirs leads to multiple murders with Powell and Loy front and center helping with the investigation.

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2 Responses to “The Parisian Prodigal”


  1. 1 Hema P. February 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Hi! Just happened upon your blog, because “wordpress” thought it fit to automatically insert one of your older blogs as possibly-related to mine in my page(the one about Paul Doherty’s books, which btw, I LOVE, too!!). I’m currently doing a 3-part series of “Whodunit” on my blog (a much more concise treatment than yours, becasue my blog has too many agendas :)) and hence wordpress saw the similarities.

    I’m going to go read up more of your blogs, because looks like we have common ground here. Feel free to visit mine at: http://hemapen.wordpress.com

    • 2 unsetclock February 12, 2010 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for looking at the blog. I did look at yours too and you seem to have a much broader interest in mysteries than I do at this time. My focus is mostly historical. I also like the Sano Ichiro and Mary Russell series.


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