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The first book in this series (Death on a High Floor), was excellent. A delightful story full of great characters. I skipped the second one because the reviews were so negative (from people who had read and loved the first). This one had some good reviews on Amazon, so I was very much looking forward to it. It was disappointing. Felt more like a Nancy Drew caper (with ridiculous coincidences all the way through and almost slapstick moments of bumbling moves by our main characters). The "mystery" itself gets lost amongst all the superfluous information and silly dialogue (the lovable, pretentious curmudgeon from the first novel has lost his charm and seems more like a caricature here). The three narrators do their best but sometimes their fake French and Russian accents add to the impression that these are cartoons, not characters. I couldn't give it two stars because it was better than passable (at moments, very entertaining)...but three stars is almost too much. I will wait for great audible reviews before downloading another one on the series (if there is one). Hope Mr.Rosenberg gets his 'groove' back from Death on a High Floor by then.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Paris Ransom once again features the brilliant duo of the arsitocratic and brilliant attorney Robert Tarza and his former protege, the impulsive and witty Jenna James. And like Death On A High Floor, the two make an entertaining and formidable team. But there are two more remarkable characters in this tale that, when put together with Tarza and James, create a synergy that overwhelmed the mystery. (Its a great mystery!) It left me longing to know them better.
Tarza has retired in Paris and is engaged to a wealthy socialite. As the story unfolds he learns his fiancee is much, much more than a pretty face. She may even be a spy.
The fourth character is an aging Paris judge. Through him Rosenberg introduces us in a fascinating way to the French legal system. This alone makes the book worth a credit, but the judge is another charismatic character whom I hope to hear more from in later works.
The three narrators are perfect for this book.
Though this is the third in the series, it is not neccessary to read the books in order. In my opinion, you only need to read Death on a High Floor and Paris Ransom. Just be sure you do!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Simple, Complicated and Longwinded! This book is all of this! I felt that the story could have been told in a far less complicated and circuitous way, and therefore been far more interesting.
I like that it was divided into 3 narratives and all of the narrators did a great job. But I would have been happier if the story was resolved with the entry of the Judge. I shall not pursue any other titles by this author, because quite frankly, I don't enjoy his style of telling a tale!
What disappointed you about Paris Ransom?
I read the first two and enjoyed them very much especially Murder on a High Floor but this was just a joke - and a bad one at that. The French and Russian accents are diabolically bad and hugely distracting. Unless you are a big fan of "Ello Ello" don't bother...