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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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Wash this blood clean from my hand, by Fred Vargas

Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand The eccentric Commissaire Adamsberg and his team, with varying degrees of reluctance, are going to Canada to learn about DNA fingerprinting techniques from none other than the famed Mounties. Before leaving, however, Adamsberg … Continue reading

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Seeking whom he may devour, by Fred Vargas

Seeking Whom he may Devour In the south east of France is a mountainous region of villages and sheep farms, where life is still lived the way it has been for centuries, and attitudes have barely changed. The invasion of … Continue reading

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Rough Trade by Dominique Manotti

Rough Trade (Eurocrime) Originally published in French in 1995, translated into English (by Margaret Crosland and Elfreda Powell) in 2001, set in 1980, ROUGH TRADE is a blistering police-procedural novel set in the Sentier district of Paris, home to the … Continue reading

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