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The Three Evangelists (1995)
by Fred Vargas
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A new author (to me). I was pleasantly surprised. Quirky, humourous and enjoyable. Set in 90s Paris, but had the feel of a much earlier period. Mathias, Marc and Lucian are three historians whose characters seem to mirror the periods they specialise in. They are nicknamed the three evangelists by Marc's godfather an ex-detective. They all move into a dilapidated house and have an investigation on their hands when a neighbour goes missing after discovering a tree in her back garden.
Voilà un polar qui ne tourne pas autour du Commissaire Adamsberg (comme j'aurais pensé), mais qui suit des personnes que nous avns effleurées dans plusieurs de ces romans-là.
Il est simple, le problème, il est serré, le cercle de tueurs possibles. Et on se doute bien de plusieurs tournants. Mais ce n'est jamais évident, jusqu'à la fin, et c'est tellement bien miné, le champs de bataille (pour parler avec Lucien), que ce n'est pas seulement une surprise de comprendre, mais aussi un plaisir d'attendre. Chapeau!
It was a good, somewhat quirky mystery. I did not see the twist at the end. An early Vargas (mid 1990) that is worth reading.
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Sophia Sim onidis, a Greek opera singer, wakes up one morning to discover that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she seeks help from her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop fired from the police for having helped a murderer to escape, and three impecunious historians, Mathias, Marc and Lucien u the three evangelists. They agree u both because they need the money and out of sheer curiosity u to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there. They find nothing but soil. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears and nobody worries too much until her body is found burnt to ashes in a car. Who killed the opera singer? Her husband, her ex-lover, her best friend? Or could it be her lovely niece recently moved to the capital? They all seem to have a motive. Vandoosler and the three evangelists set out to find the truth.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)843.914 — Literature French French fiction Modern Period 20th Century 1945-1999
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Anyone who likes crime novels.
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It inspired me to look up what other books have been written by this author. I will be reading of Fred Vargas's novels.
I enjoyed the setting, characters and storyline. The early chapters caught my attention and held me captive. In the middle of the book I felt there were a few character interactions that were a bit dragged out, but in general the story was entertaining and enjoyable. Clues and red-herrings were flying everywhere, and I enjoyed the French setting and atmosphere. ( )