Thursday, June 11, 2009
THE MONTMARTRE INVESTIGATION
TITLE: THE MONTMARTRE MYSTERY
AUTHOR: CLAUDE IZNER
Details: no. 3 Victor Legris Mystery
This series is set in Paris, late in the 19th century. I read this book out of order and had never heard of the author or the series before. I'm now going to try and find the two previous titles (Murder on the Eiffel Tower and The Pere-Lachaise Mystery) not so much because this was a great mystery, but because it paints a wonderful picture of the time and the place.
This mystery starts when the murdered and disfigured body of a young woman is found. The woman is barefoot and dressed in red. The same day, a single red shoe is delivered to the bookshop where Victor Legris works.
More murders follow, and although they appear at first to be unrelated, Victor and his assistant Joseph connect them to each other and are determined to solve the mystery before the police does.
Their investigation brings them to place like the Moulin Rouge and into contact with all sorts of people and artists, among them Toulouse-Lautrec.
Apart from the mystery, the story also tells about the lives of the main characters and those around them, which adds significantly to the interest.
Now I just hope I'll be able to find the first two titles in this series.