Colette is headed to Paris on a class trip, ready to be immersed in the history and culture of the city but a series of murders makes their educational excursion a lot more anxious. With nerves already on edge, Colette sees a woman in a ballgown everywhere who looks a lot like Marie Antoinette. She teams up with their French tour guide to help uncover why she might be seeing this apparition when others can’t see her.
Okay, so the title and premise alone seems a bit far-fetched, and I could pretty much figure out where it was going from the beginning – HOWEVER, that didn’t make the book any less entertaining. There are some books that fall under the same category and the execution (heh.) is lacking but I felt this story played out really well. My biggest annoyances were probably Colette’s choices in the book at times. Her judgement was certainly infuriating – including her choice in friends and who she associated with (or not). She’s been humbled time and time again, and yet she still makes some frustratingly stupid choices.
I love ghost stories, and I love books set in Paris so this was a great combination. So many Paris books are love stories and/or historical fiction so this was actually a really nice breath of fresh air to read a YA murder mystery! That’s not to say there isn’t moments of romance, but it’s a lot more to do with the mystery and the meaning of friendship. So yes, while it’s a bit predictable & outlandish at times, it was still a fun and entertaining read. (Hah, and I didn’t even realize until now that the book cover matches my Paris Month colours…)