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The uayside watched the Grimsey fishermen return with their daily as they moored their boats and hauled up their nets Spider bites can ill But three elderly men living in one area illed by a small reclusive spider seems than accidental to a member of Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg s team As information is gathered Adamsberg decides to investigate a decision that causes a rift within his team Running an unauthorized investigation and possibly losing his best friend and right hand man
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Is A Risk But Seeking Justice Is a risk but seeking justice is it What an interesting opening to have the protagonist the former commissaire of the Paris Serious Crimes Suad on a uay in Iceland Adamsberg s respite doesn t last long before he is called back to his team who nows him well Lieutenant Veyrencknew that when the commissaire was in charge the suad was like a tall sailing ship sometimes with a brisk wind behind it other times becalmed and its sails drooping rather than a powerful speedboat churning up torrents of spray For those who have read previous books in the series there is a feeling of coming home For those who have not Vargas conveys the sense of the team members and their loyalty from the very start And what a uirky team it is filled with affection and respect right down to the cat and Mathias a character from her The Three Evangelists series It s interesting seeing Adamsberg go through the case and the evidence with the team which adds veracity to the story The verbal exchanges often make one smile It s called Le Cur de Tours The Priest of Tours Thank you said Estal re warmly Still Balzac didn t bust a gut making up the title did he Estal re one doesn t say of Balzac that he didn t bust a gut As an historian and an eukaryotic archaeologist Vargas wrote a definitive work on the bubonic plague and her nowledge certainly contributes to the story s plot There is certainly nothing usual or ordinary about this case to which Adamsberg is attracted as well as the realism of having the suad working than the one case There are very good twists and an escalation in the depth of the crimes involved and in the tension within the team Yet it is all the characters which are the core of the story including Louise Chevier and Adamsberg s brother a revelation in his own life and the return of the imagery of a ship which eeps us immersed in the story Vargas plays fair with the reader As Adamsberg begins to put the pieces together so may we It is very difficult to uantify Vargas work She takes one into the world of the best most uniue police suad one will ever find although some similarities may be made to Christopher Fowler s Bryant and May team With This Poison Will Remain Vargas has created a story filled with delightful imagery a uniue plot and a truly touching ending For those who like the unusual and uirky reading Vargas can be addictive THIS POISON WILL REMAIN PolProc Comm Adamsberg France Contemp Ex Vargas Fred translator Si n Reynolds 7th in series Harvill Secker Aug 2019 Thank you to the publisher for the free book gifted I recently finished my first mystery novel by French writer Fred Vargas a CWA Dagger award winner As much as I love exploring the world of crime fiction it boggles my mind that there s even to explore if I could just read multiple languages This Poison Will Remain opens with the mysterious deaths of three elderly men apparently from recluse spider bites Detective Adamsberg smells a murder and he follows his instincts into the heart of a crime decades in the making Vargas does a brilliant job of handling horrific crimes in a factual sensitive manner Her characters are uirky and the book s humor reminded me of Louise Penny s dry self deprecating wit At times I had trouble following the names and places set in France but that s mostly my fault since I ve never been there Adamsberg is remarkable in his deft maneuvering in tense relationships within his suad and his ability to pull together random strings of evidence into a clear explanation of events I m looking forward to rewinding back to book one in the series There are a lot of backstories I want to understand and so much to process in each story Following Adamsberg s train of thoughts is like peering through mists oneself as he goes off from one tangent to another But despite some parallels to The Accordionist and despite guessing early on who the iller was the storytelling remains masterful to deliver that gut punching ending So Because you re a mostly clueless bunch of mostly clueless albeit almost charming barnacles you ve probably never heard of this gloriously glorious series I d tell you about it but puny humans to slaughter and ingdoms to overtake and stuff which means you ll have to look elsewhere The exhilarating new Inspector Adamsberg novel from France’s multi million copy bestselling ueen of crime‘Adamsberg is one of my favourite fictional detectives Vargas is a wonderful writer’ ANN CLEEVESWhen three elderly men are poisoned apparently by spider bites everyone assumes that the deaths are tragic accidents But at polic.
Fred Vargas í 1 REVIEWEncyclopedic nowledge in this modern mystery There is an archeological dig #and we learn how to find the site and what it #we learn how to find the site and what it to manage it There is a medieval tie in but the shocking part is that it sounds medieval when in fact some of the events happened within recent historyChief Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg always puts me in mind of Simenon s Jules Maigret though the two police chiefs are uite different in many ways One difference is that Maigret unless my memory is faulty wasn t necessarily a masterful team leader Adamsberg is far from alone We are intimately familiar with his entire team and grow to rely on them to eep their chief operating in maximum intuition Adamsberg s tiny bubbles of gas in his brain jiggle when he walks thought
Not so then from Poirot s little grey cells This novel originally published in May ofso far then from Poirot s little grey cells This novel originally published in May of by Flammarion of France has been translated by Si n Reynolds winner of many awards including a coveted Dagger from Crime Writers Association Reynolds is a professor emerita of French at the University of Stirling Scotland In her words Fred s books are uirky and often fantastical sometimes with historical elements and much appreciated in France They are about French characters usually in a recognizably French environment and will necessarily seem a bit foreign to anglophone readers so the aim is to make them enjoyable on their own terms but in English This Reynolds does in spades The novels are a remarkable glimpse of French culture and altogether are a marvelous series Highly recommended 35Not her best not at all but it felt so good to be back with these guys Best police suad ever The ultimate comfort read I never want to get out of her words They feel comfy and reassuring like going back home after a long trip abroad Can t wait for the next one I love to read about Adamsberg and his team Every member is very weird but understood and each individual has their niche I love the details of Vargas s novels These feel like holy idiot stories always good for a smile I was invited to read This Poison Will Remain and I m glad because I had never heard of the series or the author I m always up for a new murder mystery series to find and love particularly if there is an intriguing main character detective and police procedural bits In this case I got to add the fact that this one is originally written in French and set in France with the uirky Commissaire Adamsberg and his eclectic police team on the illusive trail of a Recluse Spider and a series of murdersIt was fun exploring the world of French policework with this team based in Paris but working the case along with the local law enforcement in the south of France The author doesn t stint on descriptions of food setting or her characters Definitely not the book to read when you re hungryI should back track a bit and say that This Poison Will Remain is the seventh release of the series in the US but I think there might be in the French editions since GoodReads labels this one eleven in the series while Penguin US labels it seventh I believe they are a series of standalones since I had no trouble diving into this oneThe book did start out with a different murder mystery that was wrapped up uickly and did the job of showcasing Adamsberg s interesting way of crime solving and policing his odd intuitions that hone in on the perpetrator and also his people in the unit and his relationship with themThen things slowed way down for me as the long shot pursuit of the Recluse Spider deaths caught Adamsberg s eye It was all thought to be just normal deaths caused by spider bites until he felt a tingling that something was wrong and he dug deeper Intuition is a big thing with himAs it turned out there was something to find at the back of the dark hole he dove into and it wasn t just a reclusive spider which in France are not nearly as deadly like the US s Brown Recluse This case wound out slowly and at times I got distracted but there were some good red herrings and twists when all is said and doneIt definitely had a different feel and a different rhythm to it so I never forgot that I was reading a translation Some of the time I think the difference was the author s uniue way of writing but the rest of the time I think it was because it was French I loved this and it was what I was excited about when I picked up the book BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. knowing it was set in France and was by a French author All in all I was glad to have gotten the opportunity and would definitely read of the series including the backlist I would recommend it for those who like police procedural but of an armchair detective styleMy thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest reviewCOYER Summer Scavenger Hunt clue book with a male protagonist 2 pts. Re was linked to bites from the same local species the recluse spiderAdamsberg is convinced that through the haunting crimes of the past he can prove that the men were victims of an ingenious serialiller His team however is not so sure This time he must put his reputation on the line to trace the murderer before the death toll rises. Lbeit not very far for a thoroughly accurate fantastically sharp in depth description of the seriesNow This installment It s probably one of my least favorite in the series Which sucks big shrimp if you ask me The thing is as titillating scrumptious as the cast of characters is a tiny very little on that later the mystery is one of the most ridiculously far fetched ones I ve ever read Which could be a good thing only that it isn t Vargas who is usually the ueen of Super Extra Clever Original as Fish Plots SECOaFP tried too hard to outdo herself here and the end result is unnecessary convoluted ludicrously unrealistic absurdly implausible and plagued with way too bloody many convenient as shrimp coincidences The story is too bloody many convenient as shrimp coincidences The story is the Ever Superior French ESF would say
Which Literally Means Pulled By The Hairliterally means pulled by the hair is the actual translation for far fetched but because it s French sounds a lot cooler and way stylish than its English counterpart ObviouslyMuch to my utter shame total embarrassment and unmitigated chagrin forgive me Adamsberg for I have sinned I have to admit that my eyeballs got uite the intensive workout while reading this book Okay so this mystery series is not the most realistic one out there but this was just too OTT even by Vargas usual standards view spoiler Watch out really real spoilers coming right up Read at your own risk and stuff view spoilerI mean spider venom the villainously evil orphans the two sisters being held against their will raped and prostituted by their father for years their brother chopping the father s little head off Danglard s personal link to the case Froisy s stalkerpeeping Tom Adamsberg very conveniently being scared shitless by meeting the culprit as a id too many other things hide spoiler A police procedural set in FranceSomething of an 87 Precinct type vibe although there is an ace investigator who solves all of the mysteries There are several going on but the main one is a group of old men who are dying from the poison of brown recluse spiders which should be impossibleVery readable Iceland appears to be the pays du jour for many crime writers these days Even France s finest can t resist sending her main protagonist du jour for many crime writers these days Even France s finest can t resist sending her main protagonist Jean Baptiste Adamsberg to the remote island of Grimsey for the opening chapter of this novel The poor guy s phone falls in a pile of sheep dung and then is trodden upon by a ewe without malice of courseHowever he is soon summoned back to Paris to solve the hit and run illing of the wife of a wealthy lawyer He does that with amazing alacrity as always mystifying his rag tag team of detectives But hardly has that case conclu Vargas doesn t spare us the grisly details of outrageous crimes committed against defenseless girls and women but never have I ever wanted to be in a mystery novel before The characterizations of police officers and villagers are so full of personality intelligence and humor that one cannot help but wish these folks were by one s side or at least televised According to Wikipedia four of the Vargas mystery series have been serialized for television I saw one once years ago It was painful considering the renown of French cinema and the intrigue of the novels it is definitely time for a new rendition Any new film series of the novels must be filmed in France and in French because the charm of the series is the utter French ness of the interactions the local dishes like the cabbage soup with onions and ham the officers eat nearly every night of the investigation and endless bottles of MadiranVargas has given us a convoluted mystery so dense with criminality that we scarcely Mr. Jelly's Business know which way to turn Just today I was listening to a podcast discussing the many thousands of rapeits in American cities which were never run for DNA when the 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, kits were finally examined the entire body ofnowledge around rape and serial rape has been turned on its head It turns out that there were many many rapists than one ever thought possible and one out of every five rapes is caused by a serial rapistThere has been as can be seen in the history revealed in this novel and in the untested rape Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı kits languishing on shelves in police stations all over America a dismissive attitude towards crimes against women In this mystery some truly horrifying crimes are described thankfully in a matter of fact non inflammatory way and some male attitudes are examined for bias At one point Chief Inspector Adamsberg realizes describing his favorite female lieutenant as worth ten men would be better changed to one woman Those of us who have worked with colleagues of both sexes are pleased Vargas made a point of chastising Adamsberg for old attitudesVargas isnown for the depth of her nowledge about medieval subjects and archeology and gradually she incorporates some of her. E headuarters in Paris Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far complex than first appearsIt isn’t long before Adamsberg is pursuing a series of rumours and allegations that take him to the south of France and the shocking events that occurred at La Miséricorde orphanage decades ago A spate of serious injuries the. ,