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A thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in postwar London and Paris, in which a search for a missing husband puts investigator and former war reporter Billie Walker on a collision course with an underground network of Nazi criminals It's 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her fe A thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in postwar London and Paris, in which a search for a missing husband puts investigator and former war reporter Billie Walker on a collision course with an underground network of Nazi criminals It's 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her feet as an investigator. When a wealthy client hires Billie and her assistant Sam to track down her missing husband, the trail leads Billie back to London and Paris, where Billie's own painful memories also lurk. Jack Rake, Billie's wartime lover and, briefly, husband, is just one of the millions of people who went missing in Europe during the war. What was his fate after they left Paris together? As Billie's search for her client's husband takes her to both the swanky bars at Paris's famous Ritz hotel and to the dank basements of the infamous Paris morgue, she'll need to keep her gun at the ready, because something even more terrible than a few painful memories might be following her around the city of lights . . .


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A thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in postwar London and Paris, in which a search for a missing husband puts investigator and former war reporter Billie Walker on a collision course with an underground network of Nazi criminals It's 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her fe A thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in postwar London and Paris, in which a search for a missing husband puts investigator and former war reporter Billie Walker on a collision course with an underground network of Nazi criminals It's 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her feet as an investigator. When a wealthy client hires Billie and her assistant Sam to track down her missing husband, the trail leads Billie back to London and Paris, where Billie's own painful memories also lurk. Jack Rake, Billie's wartime lover and, briefly, husband, is just one of the millions of people who went missing in Europe during the war. What was his fate after they left Paris together? As Billie's search for her client's husband takes her to both the swanky bars at Paris's famous Ritz hotel and to the dank basements of the infamous Paris morgue, she'll need to keep her gun at the ready, because something even more terrible than a few painful memories might be following her around the city of lights . . .

30 review for The Ghosts of Paris

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    It’s 1947 and war reporter Billie Walker has been back in Sydney for three years. Her husband, photojournalist Jack Rake disappeared in Poland in 1944 and is still missing, possibly dead. A strong, independent woman, Billie has taken over her father’s private investigation business following his death and has become quite well known after her capture the previous year of a Nazi war criminal who had been trading in goods stolen from concentration camp victims. Now Vera Montgomery, a wealthy women It’s 1947 and war reporter Billie Walker has been back in Sydney for three years. Her husband, photojournalist Jack Rake disappeared in Poland in 1944 and is still missing, possibly dead. A strong, independent woman, Billie has taken over her father’s private investigation business following his death and has become quite well known after her capture the previous year of a Nazi war criminal who had been trading in goods stolen from concentration camp victims. Now Vera Montgomery, a wealthy women has asked Billie and her assistant Sam to go to Europe to look for her husband. He disappeared two years ago on a work trip to London and Paris with a post war exhibition promoting Australia. Now she wants to know if he is dead or has deserted her, in which case she wants a divorce so she can move on with her life. While in France Billie also hopes to find out what happened to Jack, while trying to trace Vera’s husband. There are lots of ghosts waiting for her in Paris to remind her of her time with Jack. She also soon discovers she is being followed by someone who doesn’t like her snooping around and will do anything to stop her. I very much enjoyed this historical mystery, especially the sights and sounds of post war London and Paris. Descriptions of the fashions, the cars and the hotels (the Strand Palace and the Ritz) are also full of historical detail. Billie and Sam’s trip on the Qantas Lancastrian service was fascinating to read about. It was considered the fast way to get to Europe (along with the mail) with only three days of travel from Sydney to London with six stops along the way, although several days rest afterwards are required to get over the headache from the noise and vibration of the plane! With Billie and Sam exploring both the highs and lows of Paris life, this is a fun and thrilling read with plenty of action, sleuthing and a little romance. With thanks to Penguin and Dutton via Netgalley for a copy to read

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Ghosts Of Paris is the second book in the Billie Walker Mystery series by award-winning Australian/Canadian author, Tara Moss. It’s the late autumn of 1947 in Sydney and while Billie Walker, of B. Walker Private Inquiries is beginning to find the work of locating errant husbands and proving their infidelity a bit tiresome, even if the latest case is unusual, and it does provide a necessary income. Mrs Richard Montgomery, too, wants her wealthy husband located, but her case is a little differ The Ghosts Of Paris is the second book in the Billie Walker Mystery series by award-winning Australian/Canadian author, Tara Moss. It’s the late autumn of 1947 in Sydney and while Billie Walker, of B. Walker Private Inquiries is beginning to find the work of locating errant husbands and proving their infidelity a bit tiresome, even if the latest case is unusual, and it does provide a necessary income. Mrs Richard Montgomery, too, wants her wealthy husband located, but her case is a little different. Vera Montgomery has not heard from her husband for two years, when the ad man was working for the Bureau of Information in Paris. Billie has been recommended by a satisfied former client, and Mrs Armstrong is insisting she fly to London on the next available flight. Traveling to Paris will also be required, and her capable assistant, Sam Baker will need to come along. Billie can’t help her immediate impulse to add on a search for her own missing husband, Jack Rake, although she is realistic enough to understand it will probably be his grave that she locates, if anything at all. And even if DI Hank Cooper disapproves of her intention to see what she can find out about the European associates of a certain Nazi war criminal with whom she’s had a recent run-in, that won’t deter her. Once in England, having endured a three-day flight in an ex-Lancaster bomber, and gained scant information from Australia House and those people Vera recommended they see, Billie and Sam head to Paris. What they do learn paints a very different man to the one Vera describes and, in Paris, the opinion of Billie’s former Resistance colleague turns their search in a new direction. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, Billie’s indigenous informant, Shyla Davis is reluctantly dealing with correspondence at the PI office, where her handling of a certain serious incident proves both Shyla’s mettle and her initiative, and provides some entertainment when Billie’s mum, Baroness Ella von Hooft gets involved. Moss gives the reader a fast-paced plot filled with intrigue, some nasty villains and a heart-thumping climax, or two. With mentions of historical period detail, the scarcity of certain commodities, homophobia, sexism and racism, Moss easily evokes the era and ambience of immediate post-war Sydney, London and Paris. Billie is feisty and determined, and manages to hold her own, through disapproval and prejudice, even when she grapples with an Austrian assassin. She also climbs up the trellis of a grand home, visits a lesbian bar and, together with Sam, survives a dangerous car chase in an Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane, an awful visit to the Paris morgue, and visits to many gay clubs. Luckily, she’s a dab hand with her little Colt 908. Moss gives Billie a marvellous support cast, whose character and role expands with each instalment, and the dialogue offers occasional moments of dark humour. Billie’s narrative is interspersed with flashbacks to her pre-war and later encounters with Jack, and in Paris, after three years of guessing and wondering, she finally gets a definitive answer about Jack’s fate. This is another excellent dose of post-war Aussie noir.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Billie Walker is back!! I absolutely loved Dead Man Switch (or The War Widow in the US) and could not wait to dive back into the world of private investigator Billie Walker in 1947 Sydney. Once again, Tara Moss has blown me away. The Ghosts of Paris is a wonderful historical mystery book that was exciting, emotional and addictive. I can't recommend this book and series more Billie and Sam are hired by a wealthy woman to find her husband, a business man who travelled to London and Paris 2 years ago Billie Walker is back!! I absolutely loved Dead Man Switch (or The War Widow in the US) and could not wait to dive back into the world of private investigator Billie Walker in 1947 Sydney. Once again, Tara Moss has blown me away. The Ghosts of Paris is a wonderful historical mystery book that was exciting, emotional and addictive. I can't recommend this book and series more Billie and Sam are hired by a wealthy woman to find her husband, a business man who travelled to London and Paris 2 years ago for work and never came home. The chance to go back to Europe is snapped up by Billie, who sees it as a chance to also do some more digging into what happened to her husband, Jack Rake who never came home from Warsaw during the war. A long 3 day trip and they set straight to work, but it soon becomes clear that this won't be an easy job. A string of close calls and Billie realises that somebody doesn't want them to succeed. It was fascinating to learn about life after the war, not only in Sydney but in Paris and London. Things that we take for granted these days were just not options in 1947. For Billie, as a woman it was even harder. Being a woman who worked and didn't take no for an answer. I just love Billie and I hope we will see more of her. The world is changing quickly around her and I can't wait to see how she deals with it. A big thank you to Netgalley and Dutton Books for my advanced copy of this book to read. The Ghosts of Paris is published June 7th.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    As seen on www.mysteryandsuspense.com The Second World War is over, and although countries worldwide are still paying the price, trying to rebuild what was destroyed, Billie Walker seems to have finally found herself as a private investigator. Mostly making a living off the discovery of cheating husbands, Billie encounters something out of the ordinary when a wealthy client hires her to find her missing husband, to determine not only his whereabouts, but if the husband is actually missin As seen on www.mysteryandsuspense.com The Second World War is over, and although countries worldwide are still paying the price, trying to rebuild what was destroyed, Billie Walker seems to have finally found herself as a private investigator. Mostly making a living off the discovery of cheating husbands, Billie encounters something out of the ordinary when a wealthy client hires her to find her missing husband, to determine not only his whereabouts, but if the husband is actually missing. Billie and her assistant, Sam, travel to London and then Paris, following in Mr. Montgomery’s footsteps, and hoping to make some leeway in uncovering his whereabouts. But Paris holds a lot of memories for Billie and she is torn between looking for Montgomery and uncovering the truth about her own missing husband, who was presumed dead in the war. Add to that a very angry group of men who don’t like Billie’s past hunting for Nazis, and both Billie and Sam are quickly in well over their heads. “The Ghosts of Paris” is the second novel in the Billie Walker series by author Tara Moss. Billie is a grieving war widow, or at least she thinks she is (not knowing the fate of her own husband), following her father’s path into the world of investigation. From Sydney, to the streets of London, to Paris, “Ghosts” takes the reader on an emotional journey that also serves to quench some wanderlust. Right off the bat this book reads like the sequel it is, although it is not necessary to have read “The War Widow” first (though I highly recommend it!). Moss gave me enough of Billie’s background to be able to piece together anything I might have missed by not reading the first book. Although some of the plot points were predictable (the romance between Billie and Sam was brewing from page one), the powerhouse twist at the end was a complete surprise! Moss is a self-touted Feminist, and this novel reinforces that. Referring to a “God” as a “goddess” (for example Moss will say “good goddess” instead of “good God”) and having Billie insist on being called “Ms” instead of “Miss” are just a few. Granted, the novel takes place in 1947 so although some things have changed (not enough, unfortunately), I both laughed and cheered when Billie took charge, leaving her male companions baffled and flustered. I love Billie as a character; not only is she an independent woman who is trying to make a name for herself in a business where, as a female, that just isn’t done, but she blasted stereotypes without thinking twice (and wearing “Fighting Red” lipstick to boot!). Sam, too, was completely atypical as a male “assistant”, but he was charming, dapper and utterly competent, the perfect match to Billie’s personality. Set in a post-war Europe, with an emotionally gripping storyline and well-developed and relatable characters, “The Ghosts of Paris” (and the entire Billie Walker series for that matter) not only turns the world of private investigation on its head, but it provides ample entertainment and gripping twists and turns to boot!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    The second of the Billie Walker mysteries, The Ghost of Paris by Tara Moss continues the adventures, a year on from the last book. It’s Sydney 1947 and Billie is a former reporter, now a ‘private inquiry agent’, hired to track down a missing husband. The investigation takes Billie and her assistant Sam to London and then Paris, where they will discover not one missing man but two, along with the secrets and consequences of the not long-finished War. This is fine historic literature, that capture The second of the Billie Walker mysteries, The Ghost of Paris by Tara Moss continues the adventures, a year on from the last book. It’s Sydney 1947 and Billie is a former reporter, now a ‘private inquiry agent’, hired to track down a missing husband. The investigation takes Billie and her assistant Sam to London and then Paris, where they will discover not one missing man but two, along with the secrets and consequences of the not long-finished War. This is fine historic literature, that captures post-war Paris ambivalence and the detective noir of the 1940s so well. It may seem to be unlikely exploits of a woman detective, but it is a most enjoyable read with a four and a half star rating. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and freely given.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Charged, compelling, and intense! The Ghosts of Paris is a thrilling, absorbing tale set in 1947 that takes you into the life of Billie Walker, a Sydney female inquiry agent whose latest case takes her back to Paris to find the missing husband of Mrs Vera Montgomery while also providing her with the perfect opportunity to discover, once and for all, what really happened to her own husband, Jake Rake who hasn’t been seen or heard from since 1944. The prose is fluid and rich. The characters are inde Charged, compelling, and intense! The Ghosts of Paris is a thrilling, absorbing tale set in 1947 that takes you into the life of Billie Walker, a Sydney female inquiry agent whose latest case takes her back to Paris to find the missing husband of Mrs Vera Montgomery while also providing her with the perfect opportunity to discover, once and for all, what really happened to her own husband, Jake Rake who hasn’t been seen or heard from since 1944. The prose is fluid and rich. The characters are independent, resourceful, and trustworthy. And the plot is an enticing mix of life, love, loss, secrets, passion, heartbreak, betrayal, tragedy, survival, danger, friendship, and war. Overall, The Ghosts of Paris is a captivating, heart-tugging, atmospheric tale by Moss that transports you to another time and place and immerses you so thoroughly into the feelings, lives, and personalities of the characters you can’t help but be fully engrossed and utterly invested. Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    Tara Moss has made sure that readers have an immersive reading experience by incorporating details about fashion and architecture, as well as era-specific mindset and verbal expressions, societal issues and post-war reality. The author’s love of this time period is evident in her work and results in a better experience for her readers. I’m still thinking about the Bakelite clock and the female tied to the front gun of a tank! “Stay out of it. Girl. Was that a threat?” You’ll read about an Austral Tara Moss has made sure that readers have an immersive reading experience by incorporating details about fashion and architecture, as well as era-specific mindset and verbal expressions, societal issues and post-war reality. The author’s love of this time period is evident in her work and results in a better experience for her readers. I’m still thinking about the Bakelite clock and the female tied to the front gun of a tank! “Stay out of it. Girl. Was that a threat?” You’ll read about an Australian private investigator, the formidable Wilhelmina ‘Billie’ Walker and her hunky partner, Sam Baker, who follow clues to London and Paris in search of their client’s missing husband. You’ll love reading about the glitz and glamour of Paris and identifying with Billie’s heartbreaking connection to the City of Lights. Moss brings the quintessential image of the 1940s silver screen female P.I. alive for her readers and mixes in car chases, Tussy’s Fighting Red lipstick-wearing and gun-toting females, espionage, reflective moments shrouded in Lucky Strike cigarette smoke, and a foray into the dark world of an underground Nazi network. Give the author time to set the backstage and then be prepared for a fast-paced journey back in time as Billie wrestles with the ghosts of her past while trying to solve a case. A compelling story full of secrets and intrigue set in postwar London and Paris, this engaging novel and the series need to be on every historical fiction lover’s reading list. While this is book two in the Billie Walker Mystery series, it can stand alone. I was gifted this advance copy by Tara Moss, HarperCollins Canada, HarperAvenue and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helen - Great Reads & Tea Leaves

    I am ever so happy to have been lost in Billie Walker’s world - my new historical female heroine! The Ghosts of Paris is the second novel in the Billie Walker series by Tara Moss and I loved it! Although not necessary to have read The War Widow (Tara does provide a catch up and some background) I highly recommend you do. This is a post WWII private investigator you will not want to miss out on! ‘My dear girl,' Basil said, looking quite appalled. You think this kind of work is appropriate for a wo I am ever so happy to have been lost in Billie Walker’s world - my new historical female heroine! The Ghosts of Paris is the second novel in the Billie Walker series by Tara Moss and I loved it! Although not necessary to have read The War Widow (Tara does provide a catch up and some background) I highly recommend you do. This is a post WWII private investigator you will not want to miss out on! ‘My dear girl,' Basil said, looking quite appalled. You think this kind of work is appropriate for a woman?' 'Well yes, Basil, I do. I grant it's not for everyone, but it's appropriate for plenty of women and men, given the chance.’ The Ghosts of Paris will take you from Sydney, to London, to Paris. Tara recreates the streets of Sydney and brings alive the post war struggles of two European capitals with all the sights and sounds. The storyline reels you in on so many bases. Not only is there a challenging missing husband case to solve but Billie is also wondering if this trip might shed some light on her own husband missing from the war years. There are twists, turns and action aplenty from this riveting tale. Full credit to Tara for giving readers such a strong, confident and independent leading lady with her Fighting Red lipstick yet also able to demonstrate Billie’s softer and more vulnerable side. With just enough sprinkling of historical details there is much at play in this post war mystery. You will be cheering Billie on as she fights the good fight - literally and figuratively - against her male peers and always with the trusty Sam supportively by her side. ‘Ah, Paris. You see? You are the right man for this job,’ Vera declared, raising her glass victoriously. ‘I knew it.’ ‘I do hope so’, Billie cautiously agreed. ‘I may even be the right woman.’ I highly recommend this series and reading the books in order. The Ghosts of Paris is such a wonderful historical mystery book filled with exciting, emotional and highly addictive storyline’s. I can't wait to see what Billie gets up to next. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! THE GHOSTS OF PARIS is the second book in the Billie Walker Mystery Series by Tara Moss. In this book we discover more about Australian P.I. Billie Walker and her assistant Samuel Baker. They are hired to find a woman’s missing husband who was last seen in Paris. Going back to Europe will not be easy for Billie as she too lost her husband; presumably killed in the Warsaw Uprising of 1943. But was he? When Billie meets an old friend, she is told that he might be in Paris… al 📚 Hello Book Friends! THE GHOSTS OF PARIS is the second book in the Billie Walker Mystery Series by Tara Moss. In this book we discover more about Australian P.I. Billie Walker and her assistant Samuel Baker. They are hired to find a woman’s missing husband who was last seen in Paris. Going back to Europe will not be easy for Billie as she too lost her husband; presumably killed in the Warsaw Uprising of 1943. But was he? When Billie meets an old friend, she is told that he might be in Paris… alive. Now she must solve two mysteries while being targeted by Nazi sympathizers because of an incident that happened in the first book. This story is full of action, romance, and heartbreaks. The post WWII setting is awesome and offers the readers a view of the post war recovery. This series is marvelous, and I recommend you read the first book before this one, although it can be read as a stand alone too. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #theghostsofparis #taramoss #harpercollinsca #harperavenue #bookreview #booksofhcc

  10. 4 out of 5

    Davida Chazan

    4.75/5 stars. Okay, she got me. Now I'm going to be impatient for the 3rd book in this series! You can read my book review here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2022/06/1... 4.75/5 stars. Okay, she got me. Now I'm going to be impatient for the 3rd book in this series! You can read my book review here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2022/06/1...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire Ehrenfeld

    This started off very promising , but after a lot of running around in Sydney, London and Paris I found this book quite tiresome. After all of the adventures the heroine endures, it winds up in a very few pages at the end. I did not realize that this was the second book of this series, as it did not seem to matter.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Kerr

    3.5/5. Great idea for a story and the main character (Billie) is easy to like. I liked the description of post-war Australia and Europe but thought some of the historical connections could have been used far more effectively. I didn't find this very tense, even towards the end. I would read another and I am sure one is coming. 3.5/5. Great idea for a story and the main character (Billie) is easy to like. I liked the description of post-war Australia and Europe but thought some of the historical connections could have been used far more effectively. I didn't find this very tense, even towards the end. I would read another and I am sure one is coming.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jo | Booklover Book Reviews

    4.5 Stars. I adored Tara Moss’ Makedde Vanderwall PI crime series and wholeheartedly recommend it to those who enjoy feisty and intelligent leading ladies. Titles in that series I have reviewed on Booklover Book Reviews include Siren #5 (2009) and Assassin #6 (2012). But in 2019, Moss significantly expanded her fanbase with the release of The War Widow (aka Dead Man Switch), the first title in this historical PI series starring Ms. Billie Walker. For readers like me, who fell in love with the fab 4.5 Stars. I adored Tara Moss’ Makedde Vanderwall PI crime series and wholeheartedly recommend it to those who enjoy feisty and intelligent leading ladies. Titles in that series I have reviewed on Booklover Book Reviews include Siren #5 (2009) and Assassin #6 (2012). But in 2019, Moss significantly expanded her fanbase with the release of The War Widow (aka Dead Man Switch), the first title in this historical PI series starring Ms. Billie Walker. For readers like me, who fell in love with the fabulous feisty Billie and her eclectic good-hearted posse (read my review of Book 1), it has felt like a long wait for Book 2 The Ghosts of Paris. While I’ll strenuously avoid spoilers, suffice to say the events in this novel were worth that wait! Dear Alma, wily flamboyant Ella, resourceful Shyla and the enigmatic Hank Cooper all make delightful return appearances, but it is the wonderfully steadfast, loyal and handsome Sam Baker (her assistant) that shares top billing in this outing as Billie’s European travel companion – and the energy between them is utterly delectable. Continue reading: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Judy Odom

    The Ghosts of Paris is book that captures your attention from page one to the final chapter. Its shortly after the War as Billie Walker a female detective from Australia and her partner are off on a mission to find two missing people. One of them is Billie's husband Jack and the other she has been hired to find Richard Montgomery who never returned home from a trip to Paris. Billie is a strong female protagonist who you cant help but cheer for and admire. I had not read book one but the author does The Ghosts of Paris is book that captures your attention from page one to the final chapter. Its shortly after the War as Billie Walker a female detective from Australia and her partner are off on a mission to find two missing people. One of them is Billie's husband Jack and the other she has been hired to find Richard Montgomery who never returned home from a trip to Paris. Billie is a strong female protagonist who you cant help but cheer for and admire. I had not read book one but the author does a remarkable job with background information that you can easily read as a stand alone. I am of course off to read The War Widow Book 1. I can't wait for the next book in the series as I could not put this one down. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Canada, Harper Avenue for a great read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joshie Nicole readwithjoshie

    Billie is back at it in this second instalment of this mystery series. Once things get going, the plot is engaging, with shocking, unpredictable twists and turns. In this book, the reader follows Billie from Sydney to London and Paris which was a nice change of pace from book 1. Billie is a fierce protagonist and her take charge approach and intelligence are so fun to read. I also love the way the author incorporates historical details into the story; her written descriptions of the fashion, man Billie is back at it in this second instalment of this mystery series. Once things get going, the plot is engaging, with shocking, unpredictable twists and turns. In this book, the reader follows Billie from Sydney to London and Paris which was a nice change of pace from book 1. Billie is a fierce protagonist and her take charge approach and intelligence are so fun to read. I also love the way the author incorporates historical details into the story; her written descriptions of the fashion, mannerisms, cultural beliefs, architecture, and so on enrich the story and help immerse the reader in the time period. I continue to appreciate the romantic tension between Sam & Billie, and the entire storyline with Jack was one of the best parts of this book! Where I struggled with this one was the pacing. The beginning was a slow start, and while I recognize that it was laying important groundwork for the mystery to come, I felt it could have been tightened up. Additionally, the ending was anticlimactic and a bit confusing. When the reader finally learns the mystery of Richard Montgomery, it was not as exciting as earlier moments. There were also some storylines that I had hoped would develop further (such as Shyla’s); I wanted more from her perspective. I imagine she’ll feature prominently in the next book. Overall, this was not as exciting as the first in the series, but it does deal with some very real issues of the time (such as homophobia) and I learned more about the underground queer community in Sydney, London, and France at this time. While it can be read as a standalone, there are many references to the mystery of the first book that the reader would benefit from understanding going into book two. ⚠️TW: violence, shooting, homophobia

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate Finlayson

    I will always be a sucker for WW2 era historical fiction, so when I saw this one on netgalley that was a detective mystery/HF combo I knew it was right up my alley!! Although the second in a series, Ghosts of Paris was acceptable as a standalone. Moss did a good job of reintroducing characters and touching on background information, and I had no issue with not reading the first novel. I appreciated learning of the realities of the post-war world; the rebuilding of lives, and the tragedies that c I will always be a sucker for WW2 era historical fiction, so when I saw this one on netgalley that was a detective mystery/HF combo I knew it was right up my alley!! Although the second in a series, Ghosts of Paris was acceptable as a standalone. Moss did a good job of reintroducing characters and touching on background information, and I had no issue with not reading the first novel. I appreciated learning of the realities of the post-war world; the rebuilding of lives, and the tragedies that continued to occur. The novel was easy to follow, thought provoking, and interesting, I was keen to pick it back up every time I put it down!I loved how Moss constantly pointed out the chauvinistic behaviour of men and how our MC Billie handled it - Real girl power. I did however feel as though this one was rushed at the end and with a somewhat lack of clarity. I am very interested to read the next novel, to especially see whats happening with Billie and her love life!

  17. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review Tara Moss has given us another enthralling story with The Ghosts Of Paris. Post-war Sydney is not a place for the faint hearted, and being a female private investigator in that time has more than a few hurdles for her overcome. Billie Walker is one of those women that paved the way for women of today to be able to do and be anything. The old boys club doesn't stand a chance when she puts her mind to something. I loved Dead Man's Switch, and Billie's st ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review Tara Moss has given us another enthralling story with The Ghosts Of Paris. Post-war Sydney is not a place for the faint hearted, and being a female private investigator in that time has more than a few hurdles for her overcome. Billie Walker is one of those women that paved the way for women of today to be able to do and be anything. The old boys club doesn't stand a chance when she puts her mind to something. I loved Dead Man's Switch, and Billie's story has her not only investigating for her client, but doing a bit of delving in to things from her past too. Mysterious, emotional and absolutely having the reader need to turn the page to find out what happens, The Ghosts Of Paris is a book that I will be reading again (and I rarely reread anything). I look forward to seeing where Tara Moss takes Billie Walker and Sam in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin | BookAdoration Marchadour

    I really enjoyed this book! 😃 The Ghosts of Paris is entertaining, suspenseful and rich with Parisian history. Billie Walker and her partner Sam are private investigators who take to the lavish streets of Paris in search of a client’s missing husband, something that is all too familiar for Billie. The more they hunt in the shadows, the more resistance they receive. Brace yourself for an action packed hunt with danger lurking around every corner! This is book #2 from the Billie Walker series. It c I really enjoyed this book! 😃 The Ghosts of Paris is entertaining, suspenseful and rich with Parisian history. Billie Walker and her partner Sam are private investigators who take to the lavish streets of Paris in search of a client’s missing husband, something that is all too familiar for Billie. The more they hunt in the shadows, the more resistance they receive. Brace yourself for an action packed hunt with danger lurking around every corner! This is book #2 from the Billie Walker series. It can be read as a standalone. However, now that I’ve read this one, I have the urge to go back and read #1. Well done @taramossauthor 👏🏻 Thank you to @harpercollinsca for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 🥰🙏🏻 #bookstagram #canadianbookstagram #booksofHCC #bookadoration #theghostsofparis #taramoss #harpercollinscanada

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Many people went missing after WWII. Some people disappeared on their own accord. Private investigator Billie is hired to find a client’s husband, who is tired of living in limbo. Ironically, Billie’s own husband is still missing. I liked the locations of Sydney and Paris. Some of the situations were predictable. Billie finds her man, in more ways than one. I like how Billie soldiers on because what other choice do women have, except keep going. Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for the ear Many people went missing after WWII. Some people disappeared on their own accord. Private investigator Billie is hired to find a client’s husband, who is tired of living in limbo. Ironically, Billie’s own husband is still missing. I liked the locations of Sydney and Paris. Some of the situations were predictable. Billie finds her man, in more ways than one. I like how Billie soldiers on because what other choice do women have, except keep going. Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for the early read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    S. A. Shreve

    This book was a little outside the norm for what I usually read but I did really enjoy it. Billie was an excellent, strong, capable mfc. The story takes place post World War II and she does her job amazingly well given the ridiculous expectations placed on women at this time. I enjoyed her relationship with Sam. He was so sweet. I'd be interested to read future books in this series to see if their relationship progresses. The story did feel a bit slow in the beginning but definitely picked up on This book was a little outside the norm for what I usually read but I did really enjoy it. Billie was an excellent, strong, capable mfc. The story takes place post World War II and she does her job amazingly well given the ridiculous expectations placed on women at this time. I enjoyed her relationship with Sam. He was so sweet. I'd be interested to read future books in this series to see if their relationship progresses. The story did feel a bit slow in the beginning but definitely picked up once they got to Paris. The storyline with Jack was the one that kept me most interested. I found myself flying through the last half of the book wanting to know what happened.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa-Anne Norman

    The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss What an amazing author with an inspiring strong herione. While it's not necessary to read The War Widow first I would highly recommend it. I can't quite put my feelings together about this book but Joanne Harris sums it up nicely "A cracking thriller, with a marvellous, strong, flamboyant heroine. Loved it." Thanks @harpercollinsaustralia and @taramossauthor for the gifted copy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 from me. The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss What an amazing author with an inspiring strong herione. While it's not necessary to read The War Widow first I would highly recommend it. I can't quite put my feelings together about this book but Joanne Harris sums it up nicely "A cracking thriller, with a marvellous, strong, flamboyant heroine. Loved it." Thanks @harpercollinsaustralia and @taramossauthor for the gifted copy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 from me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    The perfect airport bookshop buy, a great distraction on some challenging days. It's the first I have read by this author and I found it engaging. Set in Paris is always a bonus and the feminist touch and the acknowledgement of Australia's First Nations people added to that. A good read. The perfect airport bookshop buy, a great distraction on some challenging days. It's the first I have read by this author and I found it engaging. Set in Paris is always a bonus and the feminist touch and the acknowledgement of Australia's First Nations people added to that. A good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Wrayburn

    Really enjoyed this. Tara Moss certainly knows how to transport her readers to a particular time and place. I really love these characters. My only issue was that I thought the case got solved rather too quickly right at the end.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Dart

    I wanted to like it. I enjoyed the rich historical detail and the inclusion of an Aboriginal Australian perspective, although the latter was scant. Sadly, I found the central mystery uninteresting, the dynamics between the Billie and the straight male characters muddy. And Billie mournfully, wistfully invoked the name of her husband "Jack Rake" so many times I wished him dead. I wanted to like it. I enjoyed the rich historical detail and the inclusion of an Aboriginal Australian perspective, although the latter was scant. Sadly, I found the central mystery uninteresting, the dynamics between the Billie and the straight male characters muddy. And Billie mournfully, wistfully invoked the name of her husband "Jack Rake" so many times I wished him dead.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    In The Ghosts of Paris, Billie is back and we are quickly taken from Australia to London and Paris as Billie tries to locate missing husband Richard Montgomery for her client Vera. By her side is her trusty assistant Sam Baker. For Billie being back also brings back memories and questions of her own missing husband photojournalist Jack Rake. What a ride this book was!! Billie is soon swept up in the mystery with nasty villains trying to stop her. Set in 1947 I just love reading this historical m In The Ghosts of Paris, Billie is back and we are quickly taken from Australia to London and Paris as Billie tries to locate missing husband Richard Montgomery for her client Vera. By her side is her trusty assistant Sam Baker. For Billie being back also brings back memories and questions of her own missing husband photojournalist Jack Rake. What a ride this book was!! Billie is soon swept up in the mystery with nasty villains trying to stop her. Set in 1947 I just love reading this historical mystery set in this time. The research Tara Moss does is incredible. You feel like you could be right there with Billie. I'm such a fan of Billie and I can't want for her next adventure. She isn't done yet!! Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.

  26. 5 out of 5

    First Clue

    Part historical fiction, part mystery, this sweeping novel picks up the reader and transports them on a whirlwind trip from Sydney to London to Paris, where the long and compelling search finally comes to an end. It’s 1947, and the Second World War has been over for two years, although its impact remains enormous. Detective Billie Walker is hired by a well-to-do woman to find her husband, who’s been missing in Europe these past two years, and before you can say Qantas, Billie is up in the air, a Part historical fiction, part mystery, this sweeping novel picks up the reader and transports them on a whirlwind trip from Sydney to London to Paris, where the long and compelling search finally comes to an end. It’s 1947, and the Second World War has been over for two years, although its impact remains enormous. Detective Billie Walker is hired by a well-to-do woman to find her husband, who’s been missing in Europe these past two years, and before you can say Qantas, Billie is up in the air, accompanied by Sam, her handsome assistant. Funny thing is, Billie also has a husband lost in Europe—a wartime photographer—providing the story with a double plot. But the greatest pleasure in this book comes from all the rich history and social commentary: the experiences of the Australian Aboriginal peoples with the police, the legal persecution of Australia’s gay men, Dior’s new look, London as it climbs out of from the Blitz, Paris as it tries to recoup, and so much more. The author has done her research, and it shows—in the best possible way. Moss does slam on the brakes, and the book rattles to a quick close, but that’s O.K. We’re happy where we’ve landed, and would follow Billie Walker anywhere.—Brian Kenney, First Clue For more reviews of forthcoming crime fiction, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, First Clue: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/First...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins Canada for this advanced copy of The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss The Ghosts of Paris is story about an Australian Private Inquiry Agent, Ms. Billie Walker. She is a drinking and smoking, red lip-stick wearing with a gun strapped to the inside of her leg, fierce female! I liked Billie a lot and enjoyed her as the lead. Her assistant Sam Baker, a war vet, is sweet and kind and the perfect partner to Billie. Together they strive to solve the case of the disapp Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins Canada for this advanced copy of The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss The Ghosts of Paris is story about an Australian Private Inquiry Agent, Ms. Billie Walker. She is a drinking and smoking, red lip-stick wearing with a gun strapped to the inside of her leg, fierce female! I liked Billie a lot and enjoyed her as the lead. Her assistant Sam Baker, a war vet, is sweet and kind and the perfect partner to Billie. Together they strive to solve the case of the disappearing husband which takes them from Australia to London and Paris. We get to uncover some of Billie's past throughout the book and even though this was the second in the series, I never felt like I had missed anything. Likely, the first book covers some of this background in more detail, but I didn't feel lost, instead I felt more intrigued. This is a fun read filled with lots of action - fights, car chases and shoot-outs all while the scenery takes us from London to glamourous Paris! I would definitely recommend!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The Ghosts of Paris is the second book in the Billie Walker Mystery series, and I enjoyed it quite a bit and had no trouble following along even though I have no yet read the first book in this series. It did take quite a while for things to get moving, but when it did pick up, there was plenty to keep you engaged and interested. I am always fascinated by the time period after the war as people try to rebuild their lives and deal with the actions and betrayals of the war, so I found this book, w The Ghosts of Paris is the second book in the Billie Walker Mystery series, and I enjoyed it quite a bit and had no trouble following along even though I have no yet read the first book in this series. It did take quite a while for things to get moving, but when it did pick up, there was plenty to keep you engaged and interested. I am always fascinated by the time period after the war as people try to rebuild their lives and deal with the actions and betrayals of the war, so I found this book, with all of its secrets, to be engrossing. It's a bit lighter than the typical spy novel, but it was a lot of fun to read nonetheless. I enjoyed Billie as a main character and liked her spunk as she dealt with the attitudes towards females and female independence during this time period. A lot of women really came into their own during WWII and achieved so many things, things that were difficult to let go when the war ended and the men returned expecting them to resume the rules and regulations that existed before the war. Watching Billie explore this new world, trying to deal with those older viewpoints, comments, and expectations, was frustrating and you get an idea of what is was like for women during this time period. The author really captured the atmosphere and it was evident she did a lot of research to be able to share the feelings as well as the frustrations with the reader through dialogue as well as actions. The descriptions of the clothing, the food, the buildings, that airplane ride, the beliefs, etc... really enhanced the overall reading experience and I enjoyed it tremendously. I did enjoy this writer's writing style and thought her descriptions were wonderful, but I did think the story had moments where it dragged and was repetitive. I understand the author was trying to introduce characters and set-up different story lines as well as remind the reader of previous story lines that were incomplete from the previous book, something I did appreciate, but I did have to push through as I wondered when the actual story was going to start. When it did, it was quite explosive and very interesting. However, the ending was abrupt and a bit unsatisfactory. I did learn quite a bit about the LGBTQ community that existed during this time period, both in France as well as Australia, and I appreciated learning more about some of the laws that existed if one were caught; the author did a great job highlighting the homophobia that existed as well. The Ghosts of Paris deals with some fascinating issues of the time period, and I appreciated the research the author put into including those details into the story. I really enjoyed the characters and for the most part, the story lines were interesting; the abrupt ending of one of them left me feeling a bit unsatisfied, and I am still not sure what I think about the other one as I felt it was contrived simply to make room for a relationship for Billie which didn't quite sit well with me. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting story set after WWII.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Prestidge

    It is 1947, and in Europe both victors and vanquished struggle to rebuild shattered lives, towns, cities and democracy itself. Although nearly 30,000 Australian servicemen lost their lives, their homeland remained physically untouched. Former war reporter Billie Walker has set up as a private investigator in Sydney and, with her assistant Sam, is making a decent go of things, but their cases are very parochial and largely mundane. Then everything changes. She accepts a case to investigate the di It is 1947, and in Europe both victors and vanquished struggle to rebuild shattered lives, towns, cities and democracy itself. Although nearly 30,000 Australian servicemen lost their lives, their homeland remained physically untouched. Former war reporter Billie Walker has set up as a private investigator in Sydney and, with her assistant Sam, is making a decent go of things, but their cases are very parochial and largely mundane. Then everything changes. She accepts a case to investigate the disappearance of Richard Montgomery, last heard of in London, and possibly Paris. This book is full of interesting historical detail, some of which was new to me. For example, I never knew that flights between Australia and Britain at the time were often made in hastily converted Lancaster bombers, renamed 'Lancastrians'. Billie and Sam, aboard one of these lumbering giants, take three days to reach London, and when their hearing and sleep patterns have returned to normal, they begin their investigation. It soon becomes clear that the Richard Montgomery's London trail has gone cold, and so the pair move to Paris where, from their luxurious HQ of the Paris Ritz they start to make enquiries. At this point, some of the back-story needs telling. Billie Walker was once married to Jack Rake, another war reporter and photographer, but in the vicious chaos that was wartime Central Europe, they became separated. Jack was last heard of in Poland but Billie has had no communication of any kind from him since then, and she fears he is dead. Back in Australia, on an earlier investigation, Billie had accidentally uncovered part of the ODESSA network. This had nothing to do with the Black Sea port, but was an acronym for Organisation Der Ehemaligen Ss-angehörigen, a highly secret group dedicated to smuggling as many former SS men out from under the noses of the Allies as possible. The encounter pitted Billie against one of the most vicious former Nazis in the organisation. She brought about his downfall, but ODESSA have neither forgotten nor forgiven. Billie is an admirably resilient and resourceful investigator, and Tara Moss tells a tale that gallops along at a cracking pace, and includes a very cinematic scene where Billie fights for her life on very rickety scaffolding high up on the wall of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, with Le Stryge (above) gazing impassively at the struggle. The Ghosts of Paris is published by Dutton (an imprint of the Penguin Group) and is available now.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Courtney | Novel Maven

    Content warnings: war, torture, MIA soldiers, sexism, homophobia, blackmail, child pornographer, extramarital affair Business is booming for PI Billie Walker after her high-profile case in the first book in the series. A new client comes into her office looking for her husband, who has been missing for two years. This resonates with Billie, whose war photographer husband has been missing since World War II. Even though Billie tells the client that she only searches for people in Australia, Mrs. M Content warnings: war, torture, MIA soldiers, sexism, homophobia, blackmail, child pornographer, extramarital affair Business is booming for PI Billie Walker after her high-profile case in the first book in the series. A new client comes into her office looking for her husband, who has been missing for two years. This resonates with Billie, whose war photographer husband has been missing since World War II. Even though Billie tells the client that she only searches for people in Australia, Mrs. Montgomery says she will pay double Billie's daily rate to look for him in Paris and London -- the last places the man was seen alive. Billie accepts the job and travels to London and Paris with her assistant. While she's there looking for Mr. Montgomery, she's also looking for clues about her husband's whereabouts. The dual investigations lead to conclusions the reader may not expect, and ones Billie definitely doesn't see coming. Tara Moss uses the slang and fashion of the era to paint vivid portraits of post-WWII Australia, France, and England. One distracting oddity is that the main character is referred to by her full name, "Billie Walker," at the beginning of most chapters. This is jarring to a reader who already knows the character's identity. Moss also uses the word "fag" repeatedly to refer to cigarettes. Recommended for fans of historical mysteries and the Billie Walker series. Representation: post-WWII female with a career, historical accounts of gay men I received an electronic galley copy of this title from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Read the review here: https://guenevol.wixsite.com/novelmav...

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