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Laura Lebow

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October 9-22


The Song Peddler

The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

(historical mystery)

 Release date: September 4, 2018
at Settecento Press

410 pages

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PARIS, 1788
Facing bankruptcy after years of expensive wars, King Louis XVI calls a meeting of the Estates General, the ancient French legislature which has not met in 174 years. The city hums with talk about modernizing the assembly and changing France into a constitutional monarchy.
Paul Gastebois, a confidential inquirer, isn’t interested in politics. He’s busy with the daily tedium of detective work—following foreign diplomats for the Parisian police and helping artisanal guilds enforce their rules. He’d like to make a name for himself solving crimes, but few cases have come his way. Then Paul is hired to find a song peddler who sang bawdy songs to crowds on the Pont Neuf. The missing man had seen someone from his past on the bridge, and had vanished a few weeks later.
As Paul searches Paris for the song peddler, his investigation leads him into the world of underground publishing, where anonymous writers attack King Louis and his queen, Marie-Antoinette, and foreign governments manipulate public opinion for their own purposes. When a ruthless killer strikes, Paul must unravel the mystery of the song peddler’s disappearance, or risk losing everything he holds most dear.
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The Song Peddler Laura Lebow

Laura Lebow
holds a degree in European History from Brandeis University
and a Master in City Planning from MIT.
A long-time mystery reader and history buff, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her previous fascinating historical mysteries include
The Figaro Murders and Sent to the Devil,
both published by Minotaur Press.
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What began as a straightforward and simple mystery turned quickly turned into an intricately woven web of events which led to a different ending all together. It is evident that the writer has put in a lot of time researching French politics and aristocracy which was crucial to her plot being quite air tight and interesting till the end.
In short, this book turned out to be one of the best reads of this year.

Library of Clean Reads

Lebow brings 18th century Paris on the brink of the French Revolution to life with its political tensions, poverty and daily life for its suffering citizens. And it is in this setting that the mystery unfolds with some good twists that I did not see coming.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and eagerly await the next book in the series.

Locks, Hooks and Books

What a fascinating time in history. I thought Laura Lebow perfectly describes the historical details that brought the city and characters to life. The mystery and suspense that surround the story kept me fascinated and intrigued.
She definitely has just earned herself a new fan of her work.


It has been a very long time since have I been so captivated by an author so steeped in the knowledge of the time in history that they were writing that I would seriously follow her anywhere. Here’s to many more books by Laura Lebow! Highly recommended 5/5.

Words And Peace

Fascinating historical mystery on the eve of the French Revolution in Paris. Excellent integration of serious historical research into a clever and suspenseful plot.

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