A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1) - Blake Pierce

A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Cozy Mysteries
Score: 4
From 1,557 Ratings


“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists, and the end brings a surprising revelation. Strongly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who enjoys a very well-written thriller.”
--Books and Movie Reviews (re Almost Gone

A MURDER IN PARIS is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone has received 1,500 five-star reviews.

Diana Hope, 55, is still adjusting to her recent separation when she discovers her ex-husband has just proposed to a woman 30 years younger. Secretly hoping they would reunite, Diana is devastated. She realizes the time has come to reimagine life without him—in fact, to reimagine her life, period.

Devoting the last 30 years of her life to being a dutiful wife and mother and to climbing the corporate ladder, Diana has been relentlessly driven, and has not taken a moment to do anything for herself. Now, the time has come.

Diana never forgot her first boyfriend, who begged her to join him for a year in Europe after college. She had wanted to go so badly, but it had seemed like a wild, romantic idea, and a gap year, she’d thought, would hinder her resume and career. But now, with her daughters grown, her husband gone, and her career no longer fulfilling, Diana realizes it’s time for herself—and to take that romantic year in Europe she’d always dreamed of.

Diana prepares to embark on the year of her life, finally turning to her bucket list, hoping to tour the most beautiful sights and sample the most scrumptious cuisines—and maybe, even, to fall in love again. But a year in Europe may have different plans in store for her. Can A-type Diana learn to go with the flow, to be spontaneous, to let down her guard and to learn to truly enjoy life again?

In A MURDER IN PARIS (Book #1), Diana hopes to kick off her journey, and find new love, with an unforgettable night at the Versailles ball. But when the dramatic night takes a harrowing turn she could never expect, Diana realizes she will have to solve the crime—or else have her trip end in disaster.

A YEAR IN EUROPE is a charming and laugh-out-loud cozy mystery series, packed with food and travel, with mysteries that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and with experiences that will leave you with a sense of wonder. As Diana embarks on her quixotic quest for love and meaning, you will find yourself falling in love and rooting for her. You will be in shock at the twists and turns her journey takes as she somehow finds herself at the center of a mystery, and must play amateur sleuth to solve it. Fans of books like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun have finally found the cozy mystery series they’ve been hoping for!

Book #2 (DEATH IN FLORENCE) and book #3 (VENGEANCE IN VIENNA) in the series are now also available!


  • Not your typical “Who done it” novel.

    By DBZinger
    Easy read that kept reading longer than normal. Like in life, this novel used the back drop of Paris, a murder and a theft, to keep the reader reading while all along driving the point that plans are made to be broken. Very entertaining while also believable.
  • Murder in Paris

    By Broomhilda pip
    Very entertaining
  • Interesting murder mystery

    By CGMurp
    Diane wanted to do something different with her life. She quit her job and purchased a plane ticket to Paris. Planning to attend a costume ball, she became embroiled in a murder and theft of a jewel necklace. The police weren’t adequately looking for the perpetrators, so she got involved.
  • Typical “Pierce”

    By Issy's MomMom
    For those not in the know, the books by Blake Pierce that are churned out so quickly are written by a collective group of authors that don’t edit their works. Whoever wrote this installment did a better job than most. Good read but only one error that I caught. Insurance “broken” rather than broker.
  • another rejected female trying to be relevant

    By Rxnjsquir
    same fluffy mystery with chubby female focused on food. at least there were no recipes. another "soft" woman butting into police investigations with no consequences. same story different setting.
  • Bruh

    By i❤️duggies!!!
    I searched up dogs and this stupid book came up. If you read it your prob as dumb as the main character, many comments said, Diana? I guess her name is was very dumb and stupid
  • Diana is dumb…

    By readmeagoodstory
    The main character and storyline is ridiculous.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By SSpecky
    Story line makes you keep reading. Loved it!
  • A Murder In Paris

    I Love Diana. But how did she age 3 years in two weeks? She was 52 in this book. The #2 book says she is 55! Come on, y’all lets stay on track. I will keep reading of course❗️
  • Not a main character I’d root for

    By Mzt121
    The heroine wasn’t very likeable. Maybe after she grows a backbone I could read this series. Her daughter was insufferable. Her boss was beyond selfish as was her ex. And she just took it all.