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Murder on the Eiffel Tower (Victor Legris, Bk 1)
Murder on the Eiffel Tower - Victor Legris, Bk 1
Author: Claude Izner
The brand-new, shiny Eiffel Tower is the pride and glory of the 1889 World Exposition. But one sunny afternoon, as visitors are crowding the viewing platforms, a woman collapses and dies on this great Paris landmark. Can a bee sting really be the cause of death? Or is there a more sinister explanation? — Enter young bookseller Victor Le...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312383749
ISBN-10: 0312383746
Publication Date: 9/2/2008
Pages: 304
Edition: First Edition
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a good read but not great...Interesting era, characters poorly developed, plot was unusual. Got bored and had to force myself to finish it.
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cathyskye avatar reviewed Murder on the Eiffel Tower (Victor Legris, Bk 1) on + 2260 more book reviews
This book is a splendid evocation of Paris during the Belle Époque, and Legris' frequent walks in various neighborhoods made me very happy indeed. The two women booksellers who write as Claude Izner bring their setting to life.

The mystery is also a good one. By the time I pieced all the clues together, it was almost time for the reveal. The list of suspects is a long one and represents almost all the various social strata in the city, which gives the authors more opportunity to depict their beloved Paris.

The one aspect of the book that I felt was lacking was the cast of characters. The only character in the entire book whom I felt had a real spark of life to him was Joseph, the assistant in Victor's bookshop. (While I'm on the subject of that bookshop, librarians and booksellers reading Murder on the Eiffel Tower will see that customers really haven't changed much from one century to another.) The main character, Victor Legris, is what I've always thought of as a boulevardier-- a man-about-town. He dresses well, he dines well, he has a mistress. Victor has many things and does many things (even deigning to work in his shop from time to time), but he still felt a bit two-dimensional, a bit reserved, as did everyone else.

As much as I loved mentally walking the streets of Paris in the late nineteenth century while solving an enjoyable mystery, it's the stiffness of the characters that will make me hesitate to continue with this series.


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