Fiction Set in France

Stories set in France can pique a reader’s appetite for travel in a wonderful way. Whether you fancy mystery, romance, humor or historical fiction, the following books will whisk you away to the land of Paris and Provence, no passport required. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Anton, Maggie. Rashi’s Daughters. Book III, Rachel. 2009.

Armstrong, Derek. The Last Troubadour. 2007.

Barbery, Muriel. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Bayard, Louis. The Black Tower. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Berry, Steve. The Paris Vendetta. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Black, Cara. Murder in the Marais. 1999. (Adult Mystery BLA).

Bolaño, Roberto. Monsieur Pain. 2010.

Buchanan, Cathy Marie. The Painted Girls. 2013.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Burgess, Anthony. The Pianoplayers. 1986.

Carroll, Susan. Twilight of a Queen. 2009.

Coons, Nancy. The Feasting Season. 2007.

Cornwell, Bernard. Agincourt. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type

Cowell, Stephanie. Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Curiol, Celine. Voice Over. 2008.

Dean, Louise. The Idea of Love. 2008.

De Blasi, Marlena. Amandine. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Delors, Catherine. Mistress of the Revolution. 2008.

Diliberto, Gioia. The Collection. 2007.

Djian, Philippe. Unforgivable. 2010.

Eberstadt, Fernanda. Rat. 2010.

Erickson, Carolly. The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon’s Bird of Paradise.
2007.
     Also available: CD

Ernaux, Annie. Simple Passion. 1993.

Fabre, Dominique. The Waitress Was New. 2005.

Fischer, Tibor. The Thought Gang. 1994.

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. The Bedquilt and Other Stories. 1996.

Freeling, Nicolas. One More River. 1998. (Adult Mystery FRE).

Furst, Alan. Kingdom of Shadows. 2000.
     Also available: Large Type

Giono, Jean. Second Harvest. 1930.

Guène, Faïza. Some Dream for Fools. 2009.

Harris, Joanne. Chocolat. 1999.
     Also available: Large Type

Harris, Joanne. The Girl With No Shadow. 2008.

Holthe, Tess Uriza. The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes. 2007.

Houghteling, Sara. Pictures at an Exhibition. 2009.

Hunter, Seth. The Time of Terror. 2010.

Izzo, Jean-Claude. A Sun for the Dying. 2008.

Japrisot, Sebastien. A Very Long Engagement. 1993.

Jenoff, Pam. The Ambassador’s Daughter. 2013.

Johnson, Diane. Le Divorce. 1997.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Kelby, Nicole. In the Company of Angels. 2001.

Kostova, Elizabeth. The Swan Thieves. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Labro, Philippe. Le Petit Garcon. 1992.

Laclos, Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. 1782.

Lanchester, John. The Debt to Pleasure. 1996.

Lee, Tanith. The Gods Are Thirsty. 1996.

Luckett, Jacqueline E. Passing Love. 2012.

Magnan, Pierre. Innocence. 1999. (Adult Mystery MAG).

Marsot, Vanina. Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life and Love in Paris. 2009.

Mayle, Peter. Chasing Cezanne. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type

Mayle, Peter. The Vintage Caper. 2009.
     Also available: CD

McAndrew, Megan. Dreaming in French. 2009.

Messud, Claire. The Last Life. 1999.

Mitford, Nancy. The Blessing. 1951.

Némirovsky, Irène. Fire in the Blood. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Némirovsky, Irène. Suite Française. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Nichol, James W. Transgression. 2008.

Nothomb, Amelie. The Stranger Next Door. 1995.

O’Brien, Charles. Assassin’s Rage. 2008. (Adult Mystery OBR).

Pears, Iain. The Dream of Scipio. 2002.

Roberts, Michele. Ignorance. 2013.

Rolin, Olivier. Hotel Crystal. 2008.

Rosnay, Tatiana de. A Secret Kept. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Sanchez, Thomas. Day of the Bees. 2000.

Sandlin, Tim. Rowdy in Paris. 2008.

Sankaran, Vanitha. Watermark. 2010.

Schwartzman, Adam. Eddie Signwriter. 2010.

Simenon, Georges. My Friend Maigret. 2007. (Adult Mystery SIM).

Smith, Jane. Fool’s Gold. 2000.

Squires, Susan. Time for Eternity. 2009. (Adult Romance SQU).

Stott, Rebecca. The Coral Thief. 2009.

Stuart, Julia. The Matchmaker of Périgord. 2008.

Tipton, James. Annette Vallon. 2007.

Tremain, Rose. The Way I Found Her. 1997.

Twain, Mark. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. 1896.

Vreeland, Susan. Luncheon of the Boating Party. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Wallner, Michael. April in Paris. 2007.

Yallop, Jacqueline. Obedience. 2012.