When a woman dies on one of the Tower's platforms, officially she died from a bee sti I suspect we all pick up a book looking forward to what is going to happen. Perhaps it's due to him having his blood in other body parts for quite some amount of time during the book don't worry, there are no corny sex scenes, just some 3. It made me want to read again. Je ne peux que regretter le fait qu'il n'y ait pas de temps de repos à cette lecture, un peu décousue et qui manque de coordination. My primary problems with the book were the main character, the plot and the writing. Just looked at the reviews for subsequent books in this series and have decided to return to Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series and the wonderful Donna Leon for my escapist mystery reading.
The method of the crimes was a bit easy to figure out and the main character had some interesting personal issues but the two authoresses presented a wonderful picture of the Exposition and the opening of the Tour Eiffel. Andando avanti nelle indagini nascono sospetti anche su Tasha, caricaturista gli ha fatto perdere la testa. Mais leur rendez-vous est vite interrompu : une femme vient de s'écrouler sous le coup d'une étrange piqûre. An unusual murder method, lots of characters who were superficially memorable, but not much depth. I should have made an exception and just stopped reading.
I picked this up at a jumble sale in Britain last year after returning from a weekend in Paris and thought it might be all right. Will the second book remedy this? This was a quick and interesting read. I will dip into the next book in the series, as it's here, and first books are often not a good indicator of the potential of a series, but to be honest, I had to bribe myself with a chocolate for every 20 pages read to finish this one. Both the plot and the characters are ridiculous, unbelievable, and unlikeable. So, I found this book at my local library on a display of French mysteries.
The plot itself was okay. The author is actually a pseudonym for two French sisters, supposedly experts on 19th century France, and I think if I spoke French and lived in France I might have been able to tolerate this book. Also, he's really a jerk and a stalker to Tasha, and if it weren't for Plot Reasons, I don't know why she'd have anything to do with him. But since the translation is clumsy, I didn't care about the main character, in fact, I kind of hated him. Les personnes présentes sur les lieux ont vainement tenté de ranimer la victime. Pour résumé, lecture décevante pour moi à laquelle j'accorde seulement 1 étoile car rien ne m'a retenue suffisamment pour que j'ai envie de finir ma lecture. And, as the days pass, other people, all seemingly unconnected to each other, also die, suddenly and inexplicably, killed by a supposed bee sting.
Maybe this book will help me change my mind. I know, let's write a murder mystery. Paris during the World's Fair- what a great place to visit in a book! Tutto è un pò monotono: trama, caratterizzazione dei personaggi, affresco storico, nulla rimane impresso o appare degno di nota. L'identité de l'enquêteur a de quoi faire sourire et même laisser clairement dubitatif. Set during the 1889 World Expo in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has just been officially opened and is a massive attraction. Part of the reason that the book seems to go nowhere is that very early on the reader will find themselves being dragged down all sorts of cul-de-sacs, and dead-end alleyways into some, albeit fascinating historical aspects. This book had such promise! Comme nombre de visiteurs du monde entier, Victor Legris, libraire rue des Saints-Pères, se rend à l'Exposition universelle où la tour Eiffel, qui vient d'être achevée, trône en véritable vedette.
Alas, it fell quite short of my expectations. The mystery is also a good one. So this wasn't my kind of book. Enquête qui ne laisse aucun répit. Alas, it fell quite short of my expectations.
But please don't anyone else waste your time on this. Cette année encore, les musées de Lyon se sont mis aux couleurs de Quais du Polar : les auteurs invités Claude Izner, Jean-François Parot, Deon Meyer et d'autres sont intervenus pour des visites atypiques dans les musées Gadagne, le musée gallo-romain de Fourvière, le musée de l'Imprimerie et de la Communication graphique et bien d'autres! So my hopes weren't high when I started reading this French detective book - a bestseller. This book had such promise! It was, as little as I like to admit it, addicting and an overall enjoyable experience. An unusual murder method, lots of characters who were superficially memorable, but not much depth. Read or tried to for book club.
That alone made the book worthwhile and, since this first novel in the series gets the worst reviews, I am ready to move on to the second one with hope and optimism for a better read about the adventures of Victor and Kenji. For example, the main character seems to think he is some sort of detective because he follows his friends secretly. And do you know the most ridiculous? They clearly have no respect for the genre. Perhaps it's due to him having his blood in other body parts for quite some amount of time during the book don't worry, there are no corny sex scenes, just some drool and slobber and exaggerated heartache - which is endearing in its exaggeration. And to be fair, some of the characters needed mocking, most notably Victor, our hero, who for no apparent reason suspects both his business partner and his girlfriend-to-be as murder suspects, for no real reason than that he doesn't always know where they are, and that they signed the Golden Book of the Eiffel Tower around the time that a man was murdered hence the book title there.
Ce ne sera malheureusement pas suffisant pour me donner envie de persévérer dans cette série. Victor Legris, libraire rue des Saints-Pères, se joint à la foule pour un rendez-vous, quand une femme s'écroule sous le coup d'une étrange piqûre. Set during the 1889 World Expo in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has just been officially opened and is a massive attraction. Des sujets terre à terre, des drames, des scandales, de la guimauve, des meurtres. This was a quick read, it did hold my interest in the sense that I wanted to see how the authors would end it. I also found it odd that things which would be considered stereotypical were very evident in this book.
Everything aspect of the book is frightfully poor. I felt the love interest was competing head-on with the actual plot of this book. Enfin pour moi, c'est un policier qui n'en est pas un, donc je n'ai pas du tout accroché, je suis restée en marge du récit et je n'ai même pas réussi à le finir. None of that meandering around was much helped by the investigation style of Legris. En cette année 1889, Paris est en effervescence! For me, what really made Murder at the Eiffel Tower shine was the brilliant way Claude Izner the pen name of sisters Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefèvre brings late 19th century Paris alive: the books, the art scene, the cosmopolitan nature of the city, the Tower, the Expo… all of it is vivid and palpably real. Alors oui, on sent le travail de fond qui a été mené par les auteurs pour reconstituer l'ambiance de cette fin de siècle, mais il aurait fallu sélectionner encore plus! Download my starter library for free here - - and receive my monthly newsletter with book recommendations galore for the Japanophile, crime-fiction-loving English teacher in all of us.