April on Paris Street is about a young private investigator of half-Abenaki heritage who takes a case that looks like a damsel-in-distress rescue that then turns into something completely different and much more dangerous. The narrative weaves working class Ashley Smeeton’s personal story into the story of the privileged young woman whose husband hires her, within the frame of a layered mystery plot.
Beautiful, evocative writing transports the reader from the streets of Montreal to Paris and back to Quebec in a thriller that twists and turns and ponders how easily we can be duped, used and betrayed. But even so, beneath it all, the writer leaves us with hope that there is goodness, too. — Carol Matas, internationally acclaimed author
Smart, funny, and so skillfully written. Compelling and eccentric characters navigate a web of deceit and betrayal in this twisting, tantalizing tale infused with the flavours of Paris and Montreal. — Ann Lambert, author of The Dogs of Winter
April on Paris Street was a true pleasure to read. Ashley is a hugely attractive protagonist…and I particularly enjoyed the witty interplay between the three women who dominate the unusual plot. But the real star of this novel is the city of Paris. Anna Dowdall is masterful at using all the senses to put you right on the streets of the City of Lights. Look for an unexpected twist at the end of this tale. — Melodie Campbell, Arthur Ellis and Derringer prize-winning author of The Goddaughter series