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Paris seduces but still you have to work

Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia Book Cover Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia
Weeia Marshals #1
Elle Boca
fantasy, science fiction, paranormal,
Poyeen Publishing
(20 Jan. 2016)

Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it's almost like somebody doesn't want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.

Weeia are not human – they have ‘abilities’ and in order to protect their secrets there are Marshals looking after them.

Danni is sent to Paris to help police the situation there but finds that all is not well in her office and with her boss. And that when she does find her boss he is very laid back about the work and is far from happy with her choice of clothing. In Paris one should be fashionable after all.

But following fashion dictats is constricting and this is why London fashion is more fun because there is no rule about what one should wear, when or how. It is true French women have a certain ‘look’ about them, but it is the same look isn’t it? So says the woman who follows the poem – ‘When I am old I shall wear Purple’

[When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple! ]

Jenny Joseph]

But Danni is seduced by the boots that are made to measure with steel toe tips. But still refused to wear dresses.

In order to solve her various mysteries Danni has to visit with Gypsies and discuss the Irish problem – and terrorists and robbery. And finds it more complex than she originally thought. Nicely written and being set in Paris makes a change as the author clearly knows something about the city

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When you are a spy in a foreign land

The Burning Page Book Cover The Burning Page
The Invisible Library #3
Genevieve Cogman
Alternative history, sword and sorcery, historical, fantasy
Pan Macmillan
December 13, 2016

The third title in Genevieve Cogman's clever and exciting The Invisible Library series, The Burning Page is an action-packed literary adventure! When it's your job to save the day - where do you start?Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via a besieged building doesn't look good. But when her escape route home goes up in flames, what's a spy to do? However, it seems Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across dozens of worlds. Worse still, her nemesis Alberich is responsible -and he plans to annihilate the Library itself.Irene and assistant Kai are posted to St Petersburg, to help combat this threat. Here Alberich emerges, as Irene tries to save her friend Vale and foil assassination attempts. Then one incredibly dangerous opportunity to save the Library emerges. Saving herself would be a bonus . . .Irene's adventures feature stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who but with librarian spies!

I liked this story  better than book number 2.  Here Irene has to face and outwit her nemesis Alberich and it is not easy. Tricky even. Especially as Alberich ‘steals’ skins – yes truly – he skins people and then wears their skins…he wants the chaos that Irene is struggling to prevent.

An alternate world is in a struggle between the dragons and the Fae for the Ottoman Empire and Irene is drawn into this through her mentee  Kai, and to make matters more difficult the doors to this alternate have been disabled as they demonstrated ‘strange’ behaviour.

There were attempted murders – not unusual of course for Irene; Vale had gone to a high chaos world (Venice from the previous book) even though warned not to, and of course it was then expected that Irene and Kai would follow him and attempt to bring him back, but Kai couldn’t visit a high chaos world; still Vale was rescued but was contaminated and thus out of action;  and contamination limited access to the Library of course; and then there were werewolves involved;  and poison and tunnels; and so it all follows.

A very busy time indeed for Irene, and yet she survives her adventures, shaken but not…


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