The Pere-Lachaise Mystery : The Second Victor Legris Mystery Paperback
by Claude Izner
Part of the A Victor Legris Mystery series
In Paris 1890, Lady's maid Denise le Louarn fears the worst when her mistress, Odette de Valois, vanishes from the Pere-Lachaise cemetery during a visit to her husband's grave.
All alone in the great metropolis, Denise knows just one person she can go to for help: Odette's former lover, Victor Legris.
When the frightened girl turns up at his bookshop and tells him her story, Victor feels there must be a simple explanation for Odette's disappearance.
But as he begins to look into the matter, it soon becomes clear that something sinister lies behind events at the Pere-Lachaise.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 306 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Gallic Books
- Publication Date: 01/10/2007
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9781906040048
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Review by Cassandra2020
The Pere Lachaise Mystery by Claude Izner - good<br/><br/>Now this was the book I wanted to read when I picked up the first three in the series. The first one I found disappointing. This one was much better and vindicated my original choice.<br/><br/>This is the second in a series of mystery (possibly 'cosy' genre) novels set in Fin de siècle Paris featuring Victor Legris, a bookseller, and his various family and friends. A much better mystery and possibly a better translation as it was less clunky than the first book.<br/><br/>Victor's ex-mistress has been widowed and then mysteriously disappears. Her maid runs to Victor for help and initially he ignores what she is saying, presuming that his ex-mistress is away on a tryst of some nature. Regardless he agrees to help the<br/>girl, but when she too disappears he gets involved in the mystery.<br/><br/>Not great literature, but a pleasant enough read and much better than the first one. I have less qualms about reading the third (currently on mount TBR) at some point in the future.