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The Montmartre Investigation Hardcover – Sep 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312383762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312383763
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,518,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Brisk plotting, evocative description...and, bien sur, a generous helping of Parisian charm."--The Seattle Times

About the Author

CLAUDE IZNER is the pseudonym of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre. Both are second-hand booksellers on the banks of the Seine and experts on nineteenth century Paris.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa614c2f4) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa69156e4) out of 5 stars Red Shoes and the Moulin Rouge Nov. 20 2008
By Jeannie Mancini - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7656cc0) out of 5 stars exhilarating French historical mystery Sept. 19 2010
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In 1891 Paris at an outing of the C. Bontemps Boarding School, Elisa borrows Iris' red shoes to run away with twenty-one years old Gaston. Some time later on Montmartre, a female body is found; her face burned with acid so it is unrecognizable; the corpse is barefoot. A red shoe is delivered to the the Bookshop owned by Victor Legris and Kenji Mori.

When Kenji recognizes the shoe as one he gave to his goddaughter Iris, he assumes logically and mournfully she is the dead victim until he learns from her she lent them to her friend. Victor follows Kenji to the school and once he catches up with what the shoe denotes he insures Iris is safe as she may have been the intended target. Gaston's body is found in a wine cask on the wharf. Having solved two cases (see The Disappearance at Père-Lachaise and Murder on the Eiffel Tower), Victor fancies himself a detective so he is determined to solve the case before his rival police Inspector Lecacheur can. When Elisa's mother is also murdered, the three killings appear linked to a cold case in Lyon, but why and who is the avenger remains unknown.

This is an exhilarating French historical mystery that gives armchair detectives a taste of late nineteenth century Paris when cabarets and wine houses were the rage. Real historical figures add to the atmosphere while anchoring the time and place of the storyline. Secrets from the past prove either deadly or joyful as Victor investigates the serial murders linked to a cold case.

Harriet Klausner
HASH(0xa6915798) out of 5 stars Murder in Paris 18th district (Montmartre) Aug. 29 2012
By Arlyn R. Sibille - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very detailed description of Paris in the 1890's. I did not know who did it until the very end. A lot of French mixed in the text. This is the first in the series that I have read but I have ordered another one for my trip to Paris. It will be fun to find the streets that the author is describing. I would recommend the book to anyone familiar with Paris or interested in the history of the districts. There are 20 districts and there is a book for each district in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7656d14) out of 5 stars Enjoyable read Nov. 30 2013
By Cheryl Leaf - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was translated from the French, which gives it a bit of an "off" read, and I questioned some of the word choices, but I think that's to be expected. We're not reading the authors words, but the translators. The authors claim to be experts on 19th century Paris and it reads like they were trying to show that off by plumping up the book with things that I didn't think had anything to do with the mystery. That said, I enjoyed the read. I liked the inclusion of real artists, writers and establishments. I liked Joseph and Victor as sleuths and the mystery is good. I enjoyed the romances, too. It had a nice time and place Parisienne flavor. There are colorful characters: the goatherd who lovingly takes care of his small flock, feeding them differently so each gives milk with different medicinal properties. And his cousin, who feeds animals at the botanical garden. There is a lot going on, this is not a light weight read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6317960) out of 5 stars Difficult to read Jan. 25 2012
By Beth Quinn Barnard - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Another Christmas gift and a big disappointment. I found the book quite difficult to read. The story seemed disjointed, unfolding in a herky-jerky way -- flashing here to a victim, here to a killer, here to a detective, with no thread bringing them all together. In terms of setting and characters, the novel offers a belle epoque greatest hits -- Le Chat Noir, check; an impressionist painter, check; -- places and people who were pretty much beside the point in terms of the mystery. Perhaps the problem was in the translation from French -- both in terms of the words and in terms of my expectations of a mystery. I love Paris, but I definitely did NOT love this book.