Description

A queer historical romantic suspense novel about a young engineer working for Gustave Eiffel caught in a web of deceit that could destroy both him and the famous tower.

Fin Tighe is clinging to respectability by his nail-bitten fingers. He may be the illegitimate son of an English earl, but he hasn’t spoken to his father in a decade, and his engineer’s salary is barely enough to support him and his cousin Aurelie. A dancer in the corps de ballet, Aurelie is at constant risk from groping, leering men who assume any dancer is a prostitute in training.  And Fin’s evenings spent in the clandestine gay community may be legal through a loophole in the Napoleonic Code, but they leave him vulnerable.

So, when Fin’s employer, Gustave Eiffel, announces that he needs additional investors to pay for his pet project, a 300-meter tower that will dominate the city’s skyline, Fin jumps at the chance. If he raises enough money, the commission will earn him a fortune, and hopefully, some protection. 

Capricious stranger Gilbert Duhais appears to be a boon from the gods. Gilbert is handsome, wealthy, connected, and somehow privy to Fin’s background. Gilbert persuades Fin to masquerade as his father’s heir—which couldn’t be further from the truth—and introduces him to every nouveau riche speculator in the city. Each provocative interaction heightens Fin's risk of exposure. But also brings Fin closer to his dream of financial security.

When a dear friend of Fin’s is murdered above a clandestine gay club, the stakes rise even higher. Fin must untangle the disparate threads of his past—and his current romantic gamble—before they become his noose. 

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Praise

“In The Paris Affair, Maureen Marshall has created an evocative, intriguing story set in the historical shadow of the iconic Eiffel tower. In a world of aristocrats, dancers and the demi-monde, where reputation is everything and love is just another commodity to be bought and sold, Marshall tells the story of a young man's determination to build his own destiny, and in doing so protect the curious family of outcasts and misfits who gather around him.” —Emily Hourican, author of The Glorious Guinness Girls
"Filled with mystery and danger, The Paris Affair is a seductive journey through the glamour and shadows of nineteenth-century Paris."  —Kelly Bowen, author of The Paris Apartment
"Bold, intricate, and as deftly constructed as the contested tower at the center of its plot, The Paris Affair is a marvel. With a keen eye for both historical detail and the frailties of the human heart, Marshall builds the perfect balance of mystery and love story around a young man's quest to secure a future, delving into questions of longing, loss, and what it means to live one's truth; of what truly makes a family—and a home." —Rose Sutherland, author of A Sweet Sting of Salt
"Marshall’s effervescent debut. [She] laces the novel’s first half with delightful characterizations and rich historical detail, then ratchets up the pace in the second, delivering a barrage of well-earned reveals. Francophiles, take note: this steamy slice of romantic suspense is très bien." —Publishers Weekly
"In The Paris Affair, Maureen Marshall crafts a mesmerizing tale of suspense, romance, and historical intrigue set against the backdrop of the iconic Eiffel Tower’s construction. With a narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, Marshall takes us on a journey through the vibrant streets of Belle Époque Paris, where danger lurks in the shadows and love blossoms amidst uncertainty." —Lost in Book Land
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