“I'm finding that a need to ration my reading of the Fred Vargas oeuvre as I could just lose myself and devour all the novels in one. As ever this novel is one in which disparate threads are drawn together in the last few pages, varying storylines link with utter logic and clarity despite...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I'm finding that a need to ration my reading of the Fred Vargas oeuvre as I could just lose myself and devour all the novels in one. As ever this novel is one in which disparate threads are drawn together in the last few pages, varying storylines link with utter logic and clarity despite appearing completely separate and the wonderful characterisation adds a little piquancy to the mix. Sian Reynolds does a wonderful job of translating these books, she has an understanding of the lyricism of the writing and the flow of both the narrative and the detail is warm and encompassing.
Vargas has created a unique character in Adamsberg, he is individual and quirky but utterly believable. The plot seems bizarre but less so than many detective novels and, to be honest, that doesn't matter when the actual reading of the book is so pleasurable.”
“Got very weird, bleak and boring about half-way in, but once through that part I enjoyed it.”Michele S wrote this review Friday, December 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like the part about alexandrine verse.”Sarita wrote this review Tuesday, February 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I truly enjoy this author's work”Darlene wrote this review Wednesday, September 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The more I read Vargas the more I enjoy her. Love the characters she has created and the humour which underlines these quirky but dark and sometimes violent novels.
This one starts with Adamsberg getting involved with the murder of 2 men, he has a new recruit who has eyes on Camille and who speaks in verse (stay with me), Danglard has eyes for Retancourt and the rest of the team of supporting characters just get drawn along into the quirky world of Adamsberg, especially when he then starts investigating the killing of 2 stags. Throw in the desecration of a couple of graves, potions and all things mystical and you have another great Vargas book.”
“Paris's Inspector Adamsberg is back on the case trying to make sense of a series of mysterious events that may or may not be connected. Two suspected drug dealers have been murdered, and graves are being disturbed, while in the countryside animals are being mutilated and churches robbed. Are they part of the same crime or merely isolated events. As is usual with Vargas novels, character development is more important than the actual events, and this adds to the enjoyment of and adds to the mystery.”Mac D wrote this review Monday, July 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
After completing 'The Three Evangelists' this was my first Adamsberg novel. Reviewers warned me about his unconventional methods and his reliance on instinct - I didn't realise that this whole unit behind him were just as zany and entertaining. I loved how, despite the eerie crimes and incidents (and other characters, like witnesses, accomplices etc) are all a little out-there. It makes for great dialogue and the most unexpected plot twists. I feel as if Vargas really enjoyed herself in weaving this story - and the narrator weaves in and out of perspectives quite seamlessly.
I can imagine the blurb-writer for this novel had a though time summing up such an intricate plot (what do the slaughter of some moose, an escaped murdering nurse, ghosts and a new recruit speaking in verse) have anything to do with each other? They somehow do, and it comes in so naturally that at moments, I really wished one could actually give a stationary book applause! It's one of those books that I felt sorry was slowly ending, and at the same time, I couldn't bear it - I had to know how this would resolve.
I love how Adamsberg is a nutter, and always ahead of everyone else. Imperfect, but somehow almost showing off this level of imperfection to be a strength. It's hard to explain, I only urge anyone with a sense of humour, and a bit of imagination, to pick up this book. Even if you're not a crime fiction buff. LOVED IT.”
“Interesante novela negra con fantasmas y detectives. Muy atractiva”Pedro I wrote this review Saturday, September 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting murder mystery with a somewhat unexpected baddie. ”londonpenguin wrote this review Thursday, June 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No