The story is set in 1889 during the Paris Expo. Several people have died mysterious deaths, all of which have been attributed to bee stings. Victor, a Parisian bookseller has his doubts about whether bee stings were the actual causes of death. As he investigates the circumstances surrounding the individuals who have died he begins to suspect that people around him, his friends and colleagues, are not who they seem to be. And little by little he begins to suspect those closest to him might have been the murderer.
If I'm honest, this book didn't really do anything for me. Somehow it lacked suspense and, the loads of historical details displayed throughout, came at the expense of character development. The story seemed flat and a little boring. There were lots of characters but little to make the reader feel connected to them. I was able to continue reading it as I wanted to find out who committed the murders. But even the ending didn't seem as engaging as it could have been.
I suspect a history buff interested in France in the late 19th century of in the Paris Expo specifically would appreciate this work and the research that went into it.
Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this ebook in exchange for an honest review.