The Gargoyle in the Seine by Dee Garretson

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Dee Garretson's children's books are published by HarperCollins, but she also writes fiction for adults. Read more about The Gargoyle in the Seine:

Art student Clary Ashton can't imagine a more perfect spot to study painting than Paris in the spring of 1878, until she witnesses a body thrown into the Seine, the body of Liam Heaton, another art student whose origins are a mystery. What Clary thinks is murder becomes much more as Liam's secrets come to light. Clary's own brother is accused of the murder, but in trying to clear him, she finds caught between two dangerous men- a political extremist days away from a royal assassination, and the young intrepid British secret agent, Reese Tretheway, who is determined to stop him.

Clary, brought up roaming the wilds of American, finds her skills at roasting lizards and hunting rabbits little use in seeing behind the treacherous sophistication of Reese and of those who hold the key to Liam's death. Reese manages to hunt revolutionaries without ever wrinkling his evening clothes or revealing his own secrets, all of which Clary finds maddening. When Clary realizes she knows too much and has become a target of the revolutionaries, Clary and Reese have to tolerate each other long enough to save Clary's brother and try to stop the assassination, or face the possibility of losing their own lives. Book club reader's guide included.

About Dee Garretson

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Dee Garretson writes adventure stories for children and mysteries for adults. WILDFIRE RUN, a middle grade adventure, was a Junior Library Guild selection and is on four state awards lists. WOLF STORM is a 2012 Scholastic Book Club pick and is on two state awards lists. Dee makes her home in Ohio.
Published September 4, 2011 by Dee Garretson. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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