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2015 50 Book Challenge - Page 161

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Tough one this. I only got 3 right, and I read a fair bit of crime fiction. Maybe some of you guys can do better.

Quiz - name the detective from the description

Nice. I got 5. smile.gif
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16. Rivers West Louis L'Amour 1975

A young French Canadian foils a plot to make the Louisiana Purchase a separate kingdom, and wins the girl.

Pretty good.
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Clockwise counting 08/50: Georges Simenon - The Saint-Fiacre Affair (1932)

Commissaire Maigret returns to the small city of his childhood. A countess dies of heart attack during mass but the death has been pre-announced as a crime by an anonymous person well before the event. Maigret is surprisingly passive throughout the story and the explanation is gradually unraveled through psychological games played between the most likely suspects. An unusual Maigret mystery which is a bit lacking in atmosphere.
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... and wins the girl.

That sorta goes without saying, doesn’t it?
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1. A Tale for the Time Being
2. The Sun is God
3. The Keeper of Lost Causes
4. Lost and Found

5. Murder on the Eiffel Tower

Murder on the Eiffel Tower (Victor Legris, #1)Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Murder on the Eiffel Tower is the first in a series of crime novels about a 19th Century Parisian bookseller, Victor Legris. Claude Izner is actually a pen name for two authors who are both Parisian booksellers, so I guess their choice of hero is unsurprising.

The book is set during the Paris Exposition, at the time when the Eiffel Tower was first opened. Victor is asked to write a literary column for a new magazine, just as a series of strange deaths starts occurring. The victims seem to have been stung by a bee and died very quickly. As Victor learns more about this story, he has some disturbing doubts and decides to investigate. The only thing linking these deaths seems to be that the victims all visited the Tower.

The strongest aspect of this book is the way the authors capture Paris during the Expo. They are very effective at describing the impact that this strange new structure, and the Expo overall, has on Parisians and visitors alike.

Unfortunately, Victor is too bland and hapless a character to build a series around; he’s certainly no Rebus, Wallander or Erlendur in terms of character depth. Overall the book is lightweight. For lovers of this genre, where detective and historical fiction meet, I’d recommend Boris Akunin’s Fandorin series instead.


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