Authors: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
It really seems Tandy Angel’s gotten her fairy tale ending: reunited with her long-lost boyfriend, heiress to a large chunk of her grandmother’s considerable fortune, living in Paris. But happily-ever-after isn’t exactly in the works. James disappears after only one night’s blissful reunion. The Angel siblings’ ill-earned reputation has preceded them to school all the way across the ocean. And an evening’s wandering through her grandmother’s house leaves Tandy with suspicions that her beloved sister Katherine didn’t die in an accident but was in fact murdered. Frustrations rising, Tandy does what she does best–turns her significant intellectual capabilities toward unearthing Katherine’s murderer and once again finding James.
Confessions: The Paris Mysteries follow through with the same cynically engaging characters and complex plot as the previous volumes in the series. I love it! Tandy Angel, for all her flaws, has an appeal to me that most detectives do not–and honestly perhaps it is because of her flaws that I love her. I think the same can be said for the entire Angel family; their solidarity in the midst of all their oddness and troubles is strangely appealing. The plot in this volume is complicated and multi-faceted, yet consistent, with some impressive surprises thrown in to keep things interesting. Notably, I think this story shows personal growth in Tandy, something I always value greatly in a character. One thing that bothered me about The Paris Mysteries is that Tandy is led to question the trustworthiness of Jacob, their guardian and basically the only decent adult any of the Angel kids has ever known–but (spoilers) the story progresses to an even greater trust in him, so I guess it’s an affirmative plotline in the end. I would definitely recommend Confessions: The Paris Mysteries to anyone who likes a good detective story, and particularly to those who have already enjoyed the earlier volumes of the Angel family’s exploits.