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The Montmartre Investigation (Victor Legris Mystery, Book 3) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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The sights, sounds, and culture of 1890s Paris are brought to life in this densely written mystery, the third in the series. Bookseller Victor Legris becomes involved in solving another crime when a woman’s red shoe is dropped off at his shop. He learns that a young woman has been found dead, barefoot, her face disfigured by acid. Legris believes that there is a connection between the shoe and the barefoot victim, and as he investigates, additional murders occur—a man found dead in a barrel of wine and a famous performer strangled in her home. Along with his assistant, Joseph Pignot, Legris connects the killings with a scam perpetrated in Lyon years ago. Is one of the victims out for revenge? Meanwhile, Legris, unsure of the loyalty of his lover, the beautiful artist Tasha, struggles with jealousy. Populated with both fictional characters and real people of the time, the novel makes the most of fin-de-siécle Parisian nightlife as a setting for crime. --Sue OBrien
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This is a delightful series of nothing but pure fun and entertainment. You will adore the cast of characters and cheer them on as they scour the Parisian streets and countryside for clues to unravel this puzzling crime that begins with a ladie's very fancy missing red shoe. This shoe just happens to be mysteriously delivered to Victor's bookshop with their address tucked inside. The blend of murder mystery, historical fiction, humor, and even romance, is surely the secret of this series' success. As the reader devours each book in the series slowly, you get a firsthand feel of the time and the place the authors evoke with their in-depth knowledge of Victorian Paris that they specialize in. Learning about the many famous Impressionist painters and French literary authors of the time through both background characters or from the rare books in Victor's Bookstore, gives the reader an intimate portrait of life in Paris during the late 1800's. Bravo to the authors for the third time, I am waiting impatiently for book four!