|The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden|
My review today is for The Purple Shadow, the latest in the colour series of mystery novels by Christopher Bowden.
In a Paris very much off the tourist trail we meet Colin Mallory, a young actor currently between roles and with too much time on his hands. A chance meeting in an art gallery leads to an invitation to dinner, where he catches his first sight of a striking portrait whose origins are surrounded in mystery.
Colin feels compelled to discover more about it. Who is the artist, what can he find out about the woman in the portrait and why is there a mysterious shadow of something that is outside the picture? His investigations take him to theatre archives, galleries and museums in Paris and London, and reveal a love story set in the 1930’s. The mystery deepens when he discovers the portrait was hidden for many years and learns of the rumours of strange goings on that are linked to it. The more he discovers, the more he needs to find out, but the more he finds out the more mysterious it becomes, and it seems he is not the only one doing some digging into a past some want to forget. I really can’t say too much without spoiling it, but the more I read, the more it intrigued me and the more I needed to read.
If you love books that take you to Paris and are looking for something a little different to read this year, look no further than The Purple Shadow.
I’m delighted that Christopher will be joining me on the blog on Friday where he will be taking part in my France et Moi interview feature.
The Purple Shadow is available in ebook and paperback format, links to Amazon can be found below.