Category Archives: France

The Eyes of Lira Kazan by Eva Joly and Judith Perrignon

The Eyes of Lira Kazan by Eva Joly and Judith Perrignon translated by Emily Read Bitter Lemon Press, 2012 First published in France, 2011 Reviewed at Petrona, August 2012. Advertisements

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Lorraine Connection by Dominique Manotti

Lorraine Connection by Dominique Manotti translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz Arcadia, 2008 (first published 2006) Reviewed at Petrona, June 2012.

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The Chatelet Apprentice by Jean-Francois Parot

The Châtelet Apprentice by Jean-François Parot translated by Michael Glencross Review posted at Petrona, August 2011.

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An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas, tr Sian Reynolds Reviewed at Petrona, June 2011 See here for review.

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Rendezvous by Esther Verhoef

Verhoef, Esther – ‘Rendezvous’ (translated by Alexander Smith) Paperback: 336 pages (Mar. 2011) Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc ISBN: 0857381342 Simone, her husband Eric and their two small children leave The Netherlands to settle in the south of France, where they … Continue reading

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A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex

Chessex, Jacques – ‘A Jew Must Die’ (translated by W Donald Wilson) Paperback: 92 pages (Feb. 2010) Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press ISBN: 1904738516 In a small rural town in Switzerland, people are usually more concerned about the quality of the … Continue reading

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Affairs of State, by Dominique Manotti

Affairs of State (Eurocrime) Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti.Translated by Ros Schwartz and Amanda Hopkinson.(EuroCrime, Arcadia, 2009. First published in France, 2001.)   This superbly exciting political thriller, set in the 1980s, takes as its premise a saying of … Continue reading

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Badfellas, by Tonino Benacquista

Badfellas Translated by Emily Read. Bitter Lemon Press.  “The names of the characters depicted in this work have been changed to protect their identity. Similarly, the picture of the dog on the cover is not that of the Australian Cattle … Continue reading

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The Chalk Circle Man, by Fred Vargas

The Chalk Circle Man Translated by Sian Reynolds. So I come to the last book I have to read that is on the shortlist for the 2009 International Dagger award. It’s French, and the first in the Adamsberg series that … Continue reading

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Bruno, Chief of Police, by Martin Walker

Bruno, Chief of Police I didn't think I was going to like this book before I started it – I imagined a cross between a "cosy" mystery and a Peter Mayle-style expat's view of France – neither being quite my … Continue reading

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