Fred Vargas

Review - OXCRIMES, Ian Rankin

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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Short Stories
Publisher: 
Profile Books
Year of Publication: 
2014

Currently Reading - OxCrimes, introduced by Ian Rankin

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A project for Oxfam, OxCrimes is a collection of short stories from some of the very best crime fiction writers.

From the Blurb:

For 2014, Oxfam and Profile have turned to crime in order to raise a further £200,000 for Oxfam's work.

Memorable Books from 2011

Whilst I can normally manage to cobble together one of those dreaded "Top 10" listings for some of the mailing lists or, just before Christmas, on the Sisters in Crime website, I hate doing them.  It's such an arbitrary number, and doesn't even allow me the luxury of a favourite book per month.  So instead, a few reminders to myself on what really stayed with me from last year's reading list of 135 books.

R.J. Ellory

THIS NIGHT'S FOUL WORK - Fred Vargas

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Book Title: 
This Night's Foul Work
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Author's Home Country: 
France
ISBN: 
9780099507628
Series: 
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
France
Publisher: 
Vintage Books
Year of Publication: 
2009

Currently Reading - An Uncertain Place, Fred Vargas

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Series catchup continues!

From the Blurb:

Commissaire Adamsberg leaves Paris for a three-day conference in London. Accompanying him are Estalere, a young Sargeant, and Commandant Danglard, who is terrified at the idea of travelling beneath the Channel. It is a welcome change of scenery, until a macabre and brutal case comes to the attention of their colleague Radstock from New Scotland Yard.

Currently Reading - This Night's Foul Work, Fred Vargas

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I love this series so I have no idea why I'm always running late with it.  Commissaire Adamsberg is one of those slightly eccentric, slightly rumpled, slightly off kilter characters who solves the unsolvable partly because of perserverence, partly because he's very good at shaking trees and standing back to see what falls, and partly because he thinks... a lot. 

From the Blurb:

THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN - Fred Vargas

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Chalk Circle Man
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
France
ISBN: 
9781843432722
Series: 
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Publisher: 
Harvill Secker
Year of Publication: 
2009

Currently Reading - The Chalk Circle Man, Fred Vargas

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This is the first in the Adamsberg series of books, although it has just been translated.  Followers of the series might be mildly amused / confused at the opening of the book whilst Adamsberg muses on the impact of his recent transfer to Paris (in the later books he's almost a Parisian fixture!) but if you're new to the series, you are now in for a treat.

From the Blurb:

WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND - Fred Vargas

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Book Title: 
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
France
ISBN: 
9781843432739
Series: 
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
France
Publisher: 
Harvill Secker
Year of Publication: 
2007