Our heroine Emily Braden goes on holiday to Chinon to meet with her cousin Harry, who is hoping to discover the location of these jewels. Once arriving, Harry is no where in sight, but this doesn't seem to worry Emily – I guess Harry does that a lot.
At the Hotel de France, Emily meets an odd arrangement of folks from Canada, America, Germany and, of course, France. Also in there is a fellow Brit. Emily bonds with Paul, one of two brothers from Canada, and seems to have a thing for Neil, her fellow Brit.
As time goes on, Emily starts to think that maybe something has happened to Harry and starts a low key investigation to find him. Suspense ensues, someone is killed and a murderer is discovered.
Compared to her other books, The Splendour Falls isn't as suspenseful, but it does have its moments. There are times where Emily feels she's being followed, and those kinds of moments always freak me out. I also really liked the odd ensemble of characters. Kearsley fans should be satisfied with this.