In the Shadows of Paris

In the Shadows of Paris

A Victor Legris Mystery

Book - 2012
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In In the Shadows of Paris , the fifth installment in this c'est magnifique Victor Legris series by Claude Izner, a murderer is at large in belle-epoque Paris.

In the turbulent Parisian summer of 1893,Victor Legris has vowed to his fiancée to give up the dangerous hobby of amateur sleuthing to concentrate on selling books.

But a killer is at large, leaving mysterious references to a leopard in his notes, and intent on revenge for events that took place many years before during the Commune. When a bookbinder friend of Victor's dies in a house fire that does not seem to be accidental, the young bookseller feels impelled to resume his detective work and uncover the identity of the Batignolles predator. Alongside his trusty assistant Jojo, Victor embarks on a new investigation in the bourgeois quarters of Paris, where scoundrels abound and streethawkers call out their wares among market stalls, under the bloody shadow of the Commune.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312662165
Branch Call Number: MYS Izne
Characteristics: 326p


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JeremiahSutherland Dec 31, 2014

You could fall asleep while reading this book. Instead of trying to rope in the reader with some "mystery" or "intrigue", we're expected to plough through characters whose relationship to the murders isn't very clear.

May 18, 2013

Another fine volume in a quirky series featuring Belle Epoque bookseller and amateur detective Victor Legris and the colourful characters of his menage. In 1870 Paris was a city devasted by international and civil wars and some doubted it would survive. Twenty years later it was 'the capital of Europe' and the undisputed centre of art in the modern age as well as being a techological and financial powerhouse. But in this novel, the past and the debt owed to it intrude on the ebullience of the present. A cunning plot, and serviceable style carry the novel along, but it is the characters that really distinguish it. For readers who aren't as familiar as the authors with the period, every reference is explained in copious endnotes. They make you want to go and read all the books mentioned in this evocation of a great city at its zenith.

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