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The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Joseph Rouletabille #2)

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In The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Joseph Rouletabille, the young journalist turned detective, is once more pitted against his arch-enemy Frédéric Larsan. The mysterious crime committed in the Square Tower challenges even Rouletabille's powers of logic and deduction. But this is also a novel which - through its implicit accommodation of recent developments in the new sci ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Dedalus Limited (first published 1908)
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Apr 11, 2015 Sabine789 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I began it just after the "mistery of the yellow chamber"... let's see. for now i still have to face the descriptions a bit too long of the castle! i think i will pass a few pages ;))
Le parfum de la dame est noir suit le mystère de la Chambre Jaune pour lequel j’ai, je l’avoue, une préférence.

C’est un bon roman policier du 19ème, mais je dois admettre que certains bouts de l’intrigue m’ont complètement perdue, à commencer par le croquis et les appellations des différents lieux du château qui me faisaient penser à un cours de géométrie au collège : « La tour A était parallèle à la tour A’. A’ était elle-même perpendiculaire au puits P, dont la droite reliant les deux points,

Comme pour le premier l'histoire est extremement interessante, le mystere est fabuleux... et jaime bcp plus Rouletabille ds celui ci.
A well crafted mystery. Especially recommended for anyone who read "The Mystery of the Yellow Room", since it explains Rouletabille's origins. Worth reading as a fine and early example of the locked room school of mystery writing.

However, the writing didn't seem to be on par with the plot. As Holmes is viewed through the eyes of Watson, Rouletabille is brought to the reader through Sinclair; perhaps it's the translation, but the voice of Sinclair didn't ring true. It reminded me of Conrad's "Hea
I much preferred this over the first Joseph Rouletabille book, The Mystery of the Yellow Room. This felt more crafted than the first, which is quite a feat considering the first one was nothing to sneeze at. The reader learns more about Rouletabille this round, back to his childhood and what sparks his memories of the lady in black in the first book. It's not required to read The Mystery of the Yellow Room first, but I think it enhances the reading to already have a little idea as to who this Ro ...more
Vitor Frazão
É fácil compreender como uma geração alimentada a doses semanais de centenas de conteúdos policiais, desde série a livros, passando por filmes, seja um pouco mais difícil de contentar do que as anteriores, contudo, isso não significa que devamos perdoar tudo às narrativas antigas. Muito pelo contrário, fazê-lo seria desvalorizar os autores que realmente merecem reconhecimento. Sim, seria mais fácil encontrar um ideia original no início do século passado quando Gaston Leroux escreveu esta obra, n ...more
Encore un livre que j'avais lu lorsque j'étais enfant. Autant je me souvenais de certains dénouements dans le mystère de la chambre jaune, autant j'étais presque comme dans une première lecture dans celui-ci. J'ai toujours énormément de plaisir à lire les romans de Gaston Leroux, même si parfois, sa tendance à "allonger la sauce" avec une foule de détails (qui ne me semblent pas essentiels à l'intrigue) me donne parfois envie de hurler : "venons-en aux faits". J'imagine que cela fait partie de s ...more
It's so many pages for such a tiny story, I read it quickly but was kind of disappointed. The author writes a lot about how dreadful the event will be and how it affects the characters. Everyone suspects everyone and everything but there's not much action. It felt empty and there's a lot of descriptions for the places where the action happens with detailed plans drawn in the book. Only the beginning of the story has a nice dose of suspense and revelations but it doesn't last long. And I didn't r ...more
As with the Mystere de la chambre jaune, this was a great, old fashioned murder mystery.
My only complaint is that both books hinged a lot on the physical layout of the buildings, which was apparently described in some diagrams that did not make it into the e-books I read.

I'm looking forward to reading the last "Rouletabille" mysteries.
Interessante e avvincente. Preferisco e consiglio sempre di iniziare con 'Il mistero della stanza gialla' e magari di leggerlo in lingua originale. Infatti alcune sfumature sintattiche, equivoci di parole e descrizioni sono costruttive del mistero e se ne apprezza il valore in lingua originale
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J'ai toujours beaucoup de plaisir à lire et à relire Gaston Leroux, en particulier les aventures de Rouletabille. Un vrai bonheur!
Gaston Leroux knew how to get you to the next one ! and this is one of those book that I really enjoyed
Not too bad but not good enough like the former book.
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Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux was a French journalist and author of detective fiction.

In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1910), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, such as the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. It was also the basis of the 1
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Other Books in the Series

Joseph Rouletabille (8 books)
  • The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  • The Secret of the Night
  • Le château noir (Joseph Rouletabille, #4)
  • Les étranges noces de Rouletabille
  • Die Hölle An Der Ruhr Rouletabille Bei Krupp
  • Le crime de Rouletabille
  • Rouletabille chez les Bohémiens
The Phantom of the Opera The Mystery of the Yellow Room Le Fauteuil hanté Rouletabille: Le mystère de la chambre jaune; Le parfum de la dame en noir The Secret of the Night

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