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La Donna Del Père-Lachaise (2008)

by Claude Izner(Favorite Author)
3.17 of 5 Votes: 5
8850215959 (ISBN13: 9788850215959)
Victor Legris
review 1: I like the Claude Izner books because I recognize the places in them, from our visits to Paris, and they are quite relaxing to read ... but to me, who likes gruesome psychological thrillers, well, I think they are a bit slow ... I don't know. I can't say tha I don't like them, but they aren't REALLY my cup of tea.This is the second book about Victor Legris, the bookshop owner who likes to solve crime mysteries. His girlfriend Tasja, his friend/mentor Kenji, the shop assistant Joseph are all there from the first book. And some new characters, of course.Victor's ex lover goes missing at the Père-Lachaise cemetary (a pretty place that we've visited twice when in Paris :) ) and her maid comes to Victor for help. There is a murder, a mysterious painting, mediums who claim to c... moreommunicate with the dead ... all set in Paris at the late 1800s.(I read the Swedish translation, "Mysteriet på Pére-Lachaise", French original title: "La disparu du Pére-Lachaise)
review 2: This is the second in a series of books featuring the crime-solving Parisian bookseller Victor Legris.It is 1890, and Odette de Valois, ex-lover of Left Bank bookseller and amateur sleuth Victor Legris, has disappeared whilst visiting her husband's grave at Père-Lachaise cemetery. Her maid, Denise, fears the worst and, in a dreadful state and knowing not a soul in Paris who can help her aside from her mistress' ex-lover, enlists Victor's help. At first reluctant to become involved, believing that Odette has probably gone off to some romantic assignation with her current lover, Victor tries to reassure Denise and pays little attention to her claims. However, when Denise's body is pulled out of the Seine the bookseller becomes determined to discover the truth about Odette's disappearance and the young maid's death, this time with the help of his assistant, Joseph, and the hunt for the killer begins in earnest.Once again the atmosphere of fin-de-siècle Paris is conjured up wonderfully. A little darker than the first book in the series, it is equally suspenseful, just as fast-paced, and no easier to put down than its predecessor. I did manage to uncover the identity of the killer before Monsieur Legris, during the final quarter of the book, though I couldn't for the life of me figure out the motive.A well-researched, suspenseful and tightly plotted mystery, and an immensely enjoyable read that I just couldn't put down. less
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A 36 hour read. Moved along well. Interesting charities.
Belles descriptions du Paris du fin du XIXème siècle.
These books are always entertaining and a light read.
Jolly good murder mystery in fin-de-siecle Paris
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