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Books of adult fiction set in Paris, authors A through H

I’ve compiled a list of adult fiction books set in Paris from information from book clubs, publishers’ lists, book blogs, and my own reading. These are alphabetized by the author’s last name. I haven’t separated them into genres, nor do I sort the books as great or ho-hum or truly awful. When possible, I’ve indicated the original publication date in parentheses after the title.

You may be aware of a glut of recent books set in Paris. many in the chick lit category. I’ve read a lot of grousing about these books, but I suspect many are well researched and it’s the writing that’s bad, so choose what interests you.

ADLER, Elizabeth. Leonie.

AIKEN, Joan. The Girl from Paris. 

APPIGNANESI, Lisa. Paris Requiem.

BAGESHAWE, Louise. Sparkles.

BAKER, Sam. Fashion Victim. 

BALDWIN, James. Giovanni’s Room. 

Giovanni's Room (Penguin Modern Classics)

BALZAC, Honore de. Cousin Bette and Le Pere Goriot (1853).

BAXTER, John. We’ll Always Have Paris.

BLACK, Cara. Murder in Clichy, Murder in the Bastille, Murder in Bellville, Murder in the Ile St. Louis (2007), Murder in the Marais, Murder in Montmartre (2006), and Murder in the Sentier (2002).

book cover of   Murder in Montmartre    (Aimee Leduc, book 6)  by  Cara Black

BOYLE, Elizabeth. Brazen Heiress.

BRADFORD, Barbara Taylor. Three Weeks in Paris and A Sudden Change of Heart.

BRISCOE, Peter. The Best Read Man in France.

BRODRICK, William. The 6th Lamentation.

BROWN, Dan. The Da Vinci Code.

BULL, Bartle. China Star. 

CADBURY, Deborah. The Lost King of France:  Revolution, revenge and the search for Louis XVII (2003).

COLLETTE. The Complete Claudine.

COLLINS, Jackie. Lucky.

CONRAN, Shirley. Lace (1982). Adapted into a TV mini-series.

CORDER, Zizou. Lionboy.  

DASWANI, Kavita. Salaam, Paris. 

DAVIS, Katharine. Capturing Paris: A Novel.

DAWESAR, Abha. That Summer in Paris.

de BEAUVOIR, Simone. The Mandarins and She Came to Stay (1943).

de MAUPAUSSANT, Guy. Bel-Ami (1885). 

Bel-Ami (Penguin Classics)

DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities (1859).

DONLEAVY, James Patrick. The Ginger Man. 

DUMAS, Alexandre. Ange Pitou and Camille.

DUNDY, Elaine. Dud Avocado. 

EBERSTADT, Isabel. Natural Victims.

EDGE, Arabella. The God of Spring. Story of Theodore Gericault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa.

ENGEL, Howard. Murder in Montparnasse: A Mystery of Literary Paris (1999).

Murder in Montparnasse: A Literary Mystery of Paris

FITCH, Noel Riley. A Paris Cafe: The Select Crowd. 

FLAUBERT, Gustave. Sentimental Education (1870) and Madame Bovary (1857).

FLORAND, Laura. Blame It on Paris.

FORSYTH, Frederick. The Day of the Jackal.

FRIED, Ronald K. Christmas in Paris, 2002. Yes, “2002” is part of the title.

FURST, Alan. The Foreign Correspondent.

GAITSKILL, Mary. Veronica. 

GALLANT, Mavis. Overhead in a Balloon and Paris Stories (2002).

GALLICO, Paul. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris.

Mrs 'Arris Goes To Paris - Paul Gallico

GODDARD, Robert. In Pale Battalions.

GREENWOOD, Kerry. Murder in Montparnasse: A Phryne Fisher Mystery.

HOLDEN, Julia. One Dance in Paris (2007).

HOLLY, Emma. Personal Assets. 

HOTCHNER, A. E. The Man Who Lived at the Ritz.

HUGO, Victor. Les Miserables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831, originally published as Notre-Dame de Paris). 

(See the next post for Paris-set adult fiction books by authors I through Z.)

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