The Chalk Circle Man, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


MORE THAN 7 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE. Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen.

His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn't search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with cast-iron alibis; he appears permanently distracted.

In spite of all this his colleagues are forced to admit that he is a born cop.

When strange blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, only Adamsberg takes them - and the increasingly bizarre objects found within them - seriously. And when the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut is found in one, only Adamsberg realises that other murders will soon follow.

Winner of The Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099488972

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A deliciously quirky book on the outer fringes of the mystery/crime genre. I'll be trying more from this author.Not for all tastes by any means, but certainly attuned to mine, as I seem to like this kind of genre best when it's a bit off-centre, and the focus is more on character than tidy plot resolution.

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A very different sort of detective in this French crime novel. Gently written with a satisfying solution where all the clues from the story are given before the reveal.

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As the blurb says 'Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policeman' and that's what makes this book so fascinating as he’s a strange mixture of the disconnected dreamer and the connected observer. Recently transferred to Paris and he becomes interested in reports about a series of blue chalk circles that mysteriously appear on Parisian pavements and sends his dysfunctional side-kick Dansburg to investigate them. He also helps Mathilde Forestier, a famous oceanographer, track down Charles Reyer, a blind man she encountered in a café. As he becomes drawn into Mathilde’s world he discovers a link with the man drawing the chalk circles and to his past.An intriguing mystery and one that I'm pleased to say remained a mystery until Adamsberg was ready to reveal the solution. I've been leant some of the other books in the series and am really looking forward to reading them.