Strangled in Paris Book Review

Strangled in Paris Book Review

Title: Strangled in Paris
Author: Claude Izner
Published: July 1, 2014, Minotaur Books
No. of Pages: 317
Cover Price: $22.99 Paperback, $11.99 Kindle

Strangled in Paris is the sixth novel in the Victor Legris Mystery Series. In this novel, set in Paris, there are several murders where well-dressed, seemingly wealthy but actually poor women are brutally strangled. Pendants featuring the Black Unicorn Society (an organization devoted to finding the philosopher's stone) are left at the scenes. Victor Legris is asked by an acquaintance to solve the murders.

Francophiles everywhere have been enjoying these mysteries which are excellent, and this sixth novel is the best yet. Victor is a likeable character and is well-developed; his skills are surprising, and are just what is needed to solve these horrible crimes. Anyone who has been to Paris will appreciate that even though the novel is circa 1890s, it is true-to-form even now (Modern Paris hasn’t lost its old historical allure). Those who haven’t been to Paris will see that this novel is very charming and it will make them want to book a flight to Paris.

Izner’s writing is excellent, albeit very French, and he captures the ambience of Paris. He exhibits a witty and fun style that will appeal to those who don’t take their novels too seriously but expect a good story and dénouement.

This series is highly recommended; readers will enjoy Strangled in Paris and will immediately want to read the remaining books in the series. There is plenty of building suspense, as well as surprises. Victor is the perfect protagonist for this series, and Izner has outdone himself in this sixth installment.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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