A # 1 French and Italian best seller from the three-time winner of the CWA&'s International Dagger Award.
More than 10 million copies of Fred Vargas's Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author's unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural.
As the chief of police in Paris's seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow's plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the 1000-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina - and embroiled in the small Normandy town's ancient feud.
©2013 Fred Vargas (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Yes, I would listen to it again but I would prefer to listen to others of the same series. I love mysteries. I love them to be thoughtful. These characters are well developed, the plot is complex yet able to be followed. What sets her apart, is that though very intelligent, the central character doesn't take himself too seriously.
I would compare it to books by Louise Penny. As with Penny, the characters are endearing, but Vargas has a delightful sense of humour, that we see a tiny bit of in the character of Ruth in Louise Penny's books.
Best mystery this year
All of them
PLEASE PLEASE using the same reader, provide all Fred Vargas' books. She is too good to miss and bless the narrator, he does not butcher the French.
I have read all of Vargas' books - brilliant. The Concessionaire's crew of investigators are one of a kind. Vargas is a best seller in Europe and world famous. Please put all of her books on audible!
The characters really had 3 dimensions, and the narrative held the reader's attention.
He became the characters - set the tone beautifully by his reading.
Myth and Death in Normandy
No. Just a lot of fun if you want a good listen of a light novel.
Other Fred Vargas books. Because they're written by Fred Vargas. This was particularly enjoyable.
oh for goodness sake: it was just a good read all round.
The Commissaire is always fun, with his drifting thoughts, mysterious methods, and outlier ethics. And now he's got a son with drifting thoughts, mysterious methods, and outlier ethics - they make a really readable pair.
Fun. Lots of fun.
yes, The story is compelling. The character development makes me want to listen to all books in the series, before and after this 9th one.
The character development of the primary character and secondary characters reminded me of Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner series. He keeps multiple characters developing as well.
I did listen to one Donna Leon book. I will pay attention to the books he perfporms as he does an excellent job of it.
The several moments during which the characters attend with kindness to animals made me fond of them all.
I know that Fred Vargas's books have been translated into English, and I suspect they are available at Amazon UK. We need them to be made available in the US, please.
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