Title: Bender at the Bon Parisien
Author: Pres Maxson
Published Date: February 18th 2015
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Peter and Janie are enjoying the Hotel des Bretons in the heart of Paris. The staff entrusts the hotel dive bar, the Bon Parisien, to the couple for what everyone assumes will be a private happy hour before a night on the town. But, the two wind up playing host to a handful of neighborhood characters, only to discover that the former bartender has gone missing and may have left something extremely valuable hidden in the space. How much does each player know, and whose side is everyone on? As the evening turns into a full all-night bender, fortunes are won and lost, friendships made and broken. Who will be standing with the prize at sunrise?
Peter, a journalist, and his wife, Janie, a poet-student, accidentally play host to a myriad of quirky characters at the Bon Parisen bar on the evening in question. Although Peter is a primary narrator of the story, we really don’t get to know him (or Janie) all that well. Opera singer, Trudel, street performer, Pistache, and clock maker, Fleuse are mourning their missing and assumed-dead friend, Victor, when the antics begin. These characters are slowly developed—or revealed—as the evening progresses and the action begins.
My favorite quote from the book is a little note that Janie has jotted on a cocktail napkin: “Bees’ hearts beat faster when there’s honey in the hive.” It would seem that all the characters in this book are busy little bees.
Bender at the Bon Parisien is filled with quirky characters, predictable and surprising plot points, and a fabulously untidy ending. I enjoyed the pace of the story and chaos of the scenes. I immensely disliked the required suspension of disbelief required to think that no one in the hotel was suspicious of the noise and commotion in the “closed for business” lobby bar. Chapter headings that clue the reader into the fact that they’re “re-reading” a scene from another characters point of view would have been helpful. Overall, a fun read that I would rate 3.5 to 4 stars.
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