Readers who love a gutsy Australian heroine, the 1920s, anything French and a tale of spies, art theft and general skullduggery will love April in Paris, 1921. Tessa Lunney introduces us to the redoubtable Kiki Button, erstwhile Australian army nurse and spy/detective in WW1 France. Buttons returns post-war to Paris to escape the stifling authority and bourgeois authority of family and Sydney society, and finds work as a gossip columnist for a London paper allowing her access to both the aristocracy, the wanna be American socialites and the Bohemian artworld of the era (including Picasso).
A ripping yarn well told, April in Paris explores the changing social mores and the aftermath of war in the early 20th century, the whispering rise of Nazism and European class systems with their inequalities, the role of women and affairs of the heart. It is most of all though a thoroughly readable, non-put downable novel to warm the hearts and tease the minds of Francophiles far and wide.
We eagerly await the promised second of the Kiki Button mysteries.
- Hear Barbie’s interview with Tessa Lunney