Murder at Cirey: A Victor Constant Investigation (The Victor Constant Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Cheryl has setMur der at Cirey, Victor Constant's first investigation,in what seems at first a peaceful rural district where everyone knowstheir place: the gentry in their country chateaux, the merchants in theprovincial towns and the well-to-do farmers growing wheat, beans andgrapes on the fertile Champagne land ...
As a mounted trooper, Victor Constant occupies one of the lowest ranksin a rigidly ordered society, where privilege often holds sway overjustice. But his superior officers learn at once that Victor's own sense of justice is too deep to be gainsaid, no matter how many powerfulpeople may stand in the way of the truth. One of these gentlemen, thenotorious free-thinker, Voltaire, plays an ambiguous role at thebeginning of the story.
Cheryl Sawyer says: 'Victor boldly tackles the mystery of these crimeshimself, against all odds. But Voltaire does make a contribution, as akind of consultant detective. Writing this 18th century policeprocedural required a lot of research, of course. Which provided themost extraordinary background for Victor's tenacious and risky methodsof detection. His next investigation will take place in the same region, where he has the great skill of revealing what goes on beneath thedeceptive surface of "well-ordered" society.'
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- ASIN : B00T955R9G
- Publication date : March 30, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 972 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,306 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After a young, handsome man is found murdered, Victor Constant, a military policeman, decides to pursue the case and uncover the killer.
He constantly runs into roadblocks as the people of Cirey aren't forthcoming with information about the victim. As Victor starts to come up with a list of potential suspects another murder is committed.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story because it's not a time period I usually read. I learned a lot about France. The only issue I have with the book is there are a lot of characters to keep up with. Also there are two protagonists, Victor and Voltaire. I found myself have to reread certain sections to keep up with the names, but this is a minor issue. Id recommend the book to anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense.
The plot revolves around Victor Constant’s investigation of a murder designed to implicate Voltaire. It’s clear pretty quickly that Voltaire is not the culprit, so what keeps the pages turning are all the details of France of the 1700s, a war-torn and hierarchical society where the various Ducs, Marquis, and magistrates must never be questioned, even by military investigators. The renegade Constant clashes with his military bosses so has to do a lot of investigating on the sly on his own. He dabbles in some rudimentary forensics and, in between various threats to his life, he manages to catch the eyes of some local ladies. Reminded me a bit of Jack Reacher in the Lee Child novels.
I enjoyed the cleverly reconstructed milieu of a people, place, and time I was not at all familiar with. And a nice bonus were all the sympathetic passages about horses, Victor Constant's steed Milan, in particular!
Victor Constant, of whom I hope to hear more in future mysteries, stops at nothing to investigate his crimes, sometimes at risk to his own career. He appears to be a canny judge of character, coupled with having a warm heart and a strong moral compass. The author writes tightly-defined and unapologetic characters, and the dialogue has a class and musicality that befits its time.
Weaving the poet Voltaire's character into the plot adds humour and a little saucy romance with his scientist mistress, and we are left at the end of "Murder at Cirey" hoping that Victor's heart doesn't get broken in his next adventure!