Book & Author Details:
Transformed: Paris by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: LGBT, Crime
Transman spy Charley MacElroy travels to Paris to help French authorities break up a Neo Nazi plot to scatter dirty bombs throughout the city. His older lover Electra comes along to study French, but she soon discovers that Dickie Borque, a sinister British aristocrat with lavender hair, may be behind the plot. Charley, however, is not so sure.
Meanwhile, she and Charley begin having love troubles when he suggests opening up their relationship to suit his pan-sexual desires. After discovering that he may have been fooling around with his attractive new male assistant, Electra moves out in a huff. Soon Charley is wandering the quays alone, trying to find the dirty bombs while wistfully longing for his love.
Electra enlists the help of Dickie’s feisty eighty-something milliner, Odile, to break up the plot. But then suddenly, Electra disappears. Now Charley must search frantically for both the bombs and Electra amidst the cafes, conversation, and the gleaming, rainy streets of Paris in winter.
I’m a bit in two minds about certain aspects of this book. Not because it’s bad, but because I’m not sure how much the relationship element adds to the story. In fact, I think at some points it was a bit distracting.
For the most part though, I liked Charley and Electra, although there were points when I just wanted to shake Charley, because he just dissolved into a bit of a wuss. But I particularly liked Electra’s interactions with the other characters, and the unfolding of the investigation part of the tale.
The supporting cast of characters really brought vibrancy to the story. That, coupled with a decent (and topical) storyline ensured that this was an entertaining and quick read.
I voluntarily reviewed a reviewer copy of this book.
Suzanne Falter is an author, speaker and blogger who over the years has helped more than two million people find their way back to joy.
These days she writes fearless stories — novels about uncommon heroes who overcome the odds, and a memoir about finding her way back to real happiness after the sudden death of her daughter Teal.
Her latest fiction series, Transformed, follows a transman spy and a society dominatrix’s adventures around the world. She is the author of the book, Surrendering to Joy as well as How Much Joy Can You Stand? and Living Your Joy (both Ballantine.)
Fiction titles include Transformed: San Francisco and Transformed: Paris. Suzanne speaks across the U.S., Canada and overseas, and her online writing and videos can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.