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The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise: A Victor Legris Mystery (Victor Legris… (original 2003; edition 2010)

by Claude Izner

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Title:The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise: A Victor Legris Mystery (Victor Legris Mysteries)
Authors:Claude Izner
Info:Minotaur Books (2010), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:19th c. Paris, murder, artists, book dealer detective, Panama canal dealings

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The Pere Lachaise Mystery by Claude Izner - good

Now this was the book I wanted to read when I picked up the first three in the series. The first one I found disappointing. This one was much better and vindicated my original choice.

This is the second in a series of mystery (possibly 'cosy' genre) novels set in Fin de siècle Paris featuring Victor Legris, a bookseller, and his various family and friends. A much better mystery and possibly a better translation as it was less clunky than the first book.

Victor's ex-mistress has been widowed and then mysteriously disappears. Her maid runs to Victor for help and initially he ignores what she is saying, presuming that his ex-mistress is away on a tryst of some nature. Regardless he agrees to help the
girl, but when she too disappears he gets involved in the mystery.

Not great literature, but a pleasant enough read and much better than the first one. I have less qualms about reading the third (currently on mount TBR) at some point in the future. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
This is the second in a series of books featuring bookseller turned detective Victor Legris. It is an entertaining read, with lots of background detail about Paris in the last decade of the nineteenth century. ( )
  dsc73277 | Oct 15, 2009 |
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'Are you still there ? You are undoubtedly dead, but from where I am, you can speak to the dead.'

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Paris, 1890. Lady's maid Denise le Louarn fears the worst when her mistress, Odette de Valois, vanishes from the Pe??re-Lachaise cemetery during a visit to her husband's grave. All alone in the great metropolis Denise knows just one person she can go to for help: Odette's former lover, Victor Legris.… (more)

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