Post Script: The Accordionist – Fred Vargas

The Accordionist

The Accordionist

Three Evangelists Trilogy

Fred Vargas

Random House UK, Vintage Publishing

Harvill Secker

ISBN: 9781846559983

 

Description:

When two Parisian women are shockingly murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clément Vauquer, who was seen outside both of the apartments in question. It seems on the surface like an open-and-shut case.

 

But now Clément has disappeared from public view. His likeness has appeared in the papers and detectives from Paris to Nevers are on his tail. To have a chance of proving his innocence, he seeks refuge with old Marthe, a former prostitute and the only mother figure he has known.

 

Marthe calls ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler to help Clément. But what Louis uncovers is anything but straightforward, and he must call on some unconventional friends to help him solve his most complex case yet. Not only must Louis try to prove Clément’s innocence, he must solve a fiendish riddle to lead him to the killer…

 

 

My View:

This is a great series – I love the quirky characters – Vargas characters are unique, interesting and empathetic, unlike any I have come across in the many many mystery/thrillers/crime fiction genres I have read – refreshing, a joy to read!

 

If you are feeling a little fatigued, a little less engaged, a little disenchanted with the crime fiction books you had read recently re-ignite that joy of reading by reading the Three Evangelists Trilogy – you will not be disappointed.

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Post Script – The Lying Down Room – Anna Jaquiery

The Lying-Down Room

The Lying-Down Room (Serge Morel #1)

Anna Jaquiery

Mantle

Pan Macmillian

ISBN: 9781447244448

 

 

Description:

At night Armand lay in bed with a sadness in his heart that ballooned until there was room for nothing else.

 

He thought with horror of the lying-down room…

 

Paris; in the stifling August heat, Commandant Serge Morel is called to a disturbing crime scene. An elderly woman has been murdered to the soundtrack of Faure’s Requiem, her body then grotesquely displayed.

 

At first this strange case seems to offer few clues; and Morel has problems of his own. His father – always a great force in his life – is beginning to succumb to senility; and he is unsettled by the reappearance of the beautiful Mathilde, the woman he once loved. Only origami can help calm the detective and focus his thoughts on this troubling crime.

 

As the investigation progresses, the key suspects to emerge are a middle-aged man and a mute teenage boy who have been delivering religious pamphlets in the city’s suburbs. But as more elderly ladies are targeted, Morel will find his enquiries leading him back into the past, from the French countryside to Soviet Russia – and to two young boys with the most terrible of stories to tell.

 

 

 

My View:

If you like police procedurals set in a stifling yet picturesque Paris, with flashbacks to life in Russia with fine drawn characters, then this novel is for you. Anna Jaquiery writes with a quiet yet passionate voice; of growing up, of growing old, of awakening sexuality, of religion, of deprivation and of course of murders completed to the soundtrack of Faure’s Requiem.

 

This is a book of detail, meticulously presented in an unhurried way, of the everyday, the routine and habits that breathe life into her characters and her settings. This is a great debut novel with quirky characters you will be interested in and want to follow.