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The Predator of Batignolles: The Fifth Victor Legris Mystery (A Victor Legris Mystery) by Claude Izner (2010-07-01)

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- By: Claude Izner(Author)
- Language: Unknown
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:Unknown
- Publisher: Gallic Books (1531)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: Other books
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  • By David Chamberlain on August 5, 2011

    Once again, Claude Izner brings us a mystery set in late 19th century Paris which both entertains and educates. The intricate mystery is set against a fascinating backdrop brought together with our old friends Victor, Tasha, Kenji, Iris and Jojo and new characters both entertaining and disturbing. The relationships between Victor and Tasha and Iris and Jojo continue to evolve as Victor and Jojo set out on another adventure - this time involving an intricate swindle, murder, and deception. At the same time, we are treated to vignettes of Parisian history unknown to many of us and told from the perspective of the men and women who lived during the period. Highly recommended as are all of the books in the series to date.

  • By Lanier Cordell on March 14, 2013

    This series is such fun. Paris in the late 19th century, books, mystery, romance great use of historical notables...what more could anyone want?

  • By kathryn woodcock-lynn on July 20, 2011

    I love these sisters! Although this is the fifth in the Legris' series, and I found myself getting confused in this particular mystery novel, (it may be from reading at the end of too long a day) I still would recommend this to those who like well-researched historical novels and a good convoluted mystery. And the translator should also receive a pat on the back.

  • By ReneeC. Hunter on May 23, 2013

    Again I love the series, writers give g great sense of Paris of that time customs,artist.how life was lived.I hope there are more !!!

  • By Craobh Rua on October 30, 2012

    Claude Izner is the pen-name of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre. Both are booksellers on the banks of the Seine, and they are experts on nineteenth-century Paris. "The Predator of Batignolles" is their fifth book and was first published in 2005 as "Le Léopard des Batignolles" in France. It continues the adventures of Victor Legris, bookshop owner and amateur sleuth.The book opens in 1891, with a brief prologue. It introduces the book's villain, but naturally without letting his identity slip. The Predator of Batignolles has been struggling with his memories of what happened during the Commune. He's now reached breaking point and feels the only way he can cope with his grief is to take revenge on those who caused this hurt. It takes two years, but his revenge begins with the theft of some amber cigar holders from a jeweller's shop. Before long, theft gives way to an elaborate scam...which, in turn, leads to murder.Meanwhile, over at the Elzevir bookshop on Rue des Saints-Peres, there's a little tension amongst the Scooby Gang. Joseph and Iris are in the throes of a lovers' tiff, which has led to their engagement being put on ice. Joseph is feeling especially hard done by, as most people - including his own mother - seem to be siding with Iris. (Kenji, Iris' father and Joseph's boss, is barely even talking to him. However, Kenji has a few boudoir-related troubles of his own. Fifi Bas-Rhin, formerly of the Moulin Rouge, has moved to Russia on the arm of an Arch-Duke...something that has left him a little <ahem> frustrated. Still, Victor and Tasha remain happily together - and it isn't long before Kenji takes an interest in Tasha's mother, Djina).Joseph still keeps a careful eye on the newspapers; he'd read about the theft of amber and was keeping as up-to-date as possible with at least one of the murders. However, he and Victor only start their investigations when a professional acquaintance - Monsieur Andresy, a bookbinder - is killed in a fire. Of course, to begin with, they think it's an isolated incident...An easy and enjoyable read and a book that seems to give a historically 'accurate' description of Paris at the time. Having said that, it never gets too academic or bogged down in detail. Good fun, certainly recommended.

  • By M Kane on July 25, 2014

    Great


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