Kick up your heels with the bawdy cancan dancing girls of the Moulin Rouge and enjoy more murder and mischief as they ruffle their petticoats high in the air. The third installment of the Victor Legris murder series by authors Claude Izner is another winner of the highest caliber. Multiple murders this time involve a highly developed plot to keep the reader turning the pages. All the same lovable characters of our detective Victor Legris, his partner and stepfather Kenji, Jojo the shopkeeper, his irritating mother, and Victor's Russian girlfriend Tasha, reappear in their natural roles. And for an added bonus we get a guest appearance from the famous painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec!
This is a delightful series of nothing but pure fun and entertainment. You will adore the cast of characters and cheer them on as they scour the Parisian streets and countryside for clues to unravel this puzzling crime that begins with a ladie's very fancy missing red shoe. This shoe just happens to be mysteriously delivered to Victor's bookshop with their address tucked inside. The blend of murder mystery, historical fiction, humor, and even romance, is surely the secret of this series' success. As the reader devours each book in the series slowly, you get a firsthand feel of the time and the place the authors evoke with their in-depth knowledge of Victorian Paris that they specialize in. Learning about the many famous Impressionist painters and French literary authors of the time through both background characters or from the rare books in Victor's Bookstore, gives the reader an intimate portrait of life in Paris during the late 1800's. Bravo to the authors for the third time, I am waiting impatiently for book four!