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Riot Recommendation: 35 of Your Favorite Novels Set in Paris

What is it about Paris that captivates us so?  Is it the sidewalk cafés, those strolls along the Seine, the majesty of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées? We love a book that transports us straight to the the City of Light, that’s why we asked our Riot Readers for their favorite works of fiction set in Paris! You gave us everything from contemporary love stories to historical mysteries in both adult and YA, a mix of new books, classics, and backlist faves. Without further ado, here are your favorite works of fiction set in Paris- we can’t wait to get lost in those pages!


Aimee Leduc Investigations series by Cara Black

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Code Name: Grand Guignol by Ib Melchior

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

The Devils Are All Here by Louise Penny

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Five Days in Paris by Nora Roberts

The Forger by Paul Watkins

French Exit by Patrick Dewitt

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

History of Violence by Édouard Louis

The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Murder in Pigalle by Cara Black

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Paris Architect by by Charles Belfoure

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Pure by Andrew Miller

Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

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