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Mordet i Eiffeltornet (Victor Legris #1)

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Färgstark fransk deckarserie i Agatha Christies anda

Paris 1889. Den exotiska världsutställningen får staden att sjuda av liv och allas blickar är vända mot det glittrande nya Eiffeltornet. Just där, i folkvimlet på första våningen, faller en kvinna ihop och dör. Polisen misstänker att hon fått ett ödesdigert bistick men den unge bokhandlaren Victor Legris anar att dödsfall...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published January 7th 2011 by Månpocket (first published 2003)
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Marty82
Il termine più appropriato pensando alla lettura di questo romanzo è "sbiadito".
Tutto è un pò monotono: trama, caratterizzazione dei personaggi, affresco storico, nulla rimane impresso o appare degno di nota.
Il protagonista principale, il libraio Victor Legris, risulta inoltre decisamente antipatico e poco adatto a rivestire il ruolo dell'investigatore dilettante, mentre gli altri personaggi della vicenda appaiono evanescenti e quasi "di passaggio". Anche la trama "gialla" vera e propria è in...more
Tricia
International bestseller... REALLY?
Maybe it was a bad translation, or maybe the characters were a tad flat (cardboard), possibly the story didn't flow, and just maybe it wasn't worth reading.
I like to finish what I start, so if the story isn't nasty, dirty or yucky, I try to finish it. I should have made an exception and just stopped reading. It was really tough to get through, and when I was done, I wasn't pleased that I stuck with it, I was mad that I would never get the time that I spent read...more
Fiona
I wanted to like this book. I like mysteries, and something called "Murder on the..." attracted my eye. Unfortunately, there is only one good thing I can say about this book, and that's that it didn't take me long to read.

Everything aspect of the book is frightfully poor. Both the plot and the characters are ridiculous, unbelievable, and unlikeable. For example, the main character seems to think he is some sort of detective because he follows his friends secretly. The "case" has random connectio...more
Losososdiane
Maybe it is that I read much of this little mystery on Amtrak buses and trains but I had a hard time following the plot. I did not think the characters were very interesting or even understandable. Also, I felt like there was some cultural veil (or poor translation) between me and the writers. The premise was interesting, the setting was wonderful (of course) and I did learn something about the exposition of 1879. I always find it interesting and somewhat surprising that there was such diversity...more
Tina
Ugh. This book had such promise! Alas, it fell quite short of my expectations. I didn't realize this was a translation when I bought it, and that's part of the problem. The author is actually a pseudonym for two French sisters, supposedly experts on 19th century France, and I think if I spoke French and lived in France I might have been able to tolerate this book. But since the translation is clumsy, I didn't care about the main character, in fact, I kind of hated him. The characters were confus...more
Kb
This book started out with some promise, but then became directionless and mired in pointless detail. Paris is a wonderful city, and definitely the star of this story. Unfortunately, there are too many other characters wandering around being suspected then being eliminated from suspicion in the most predictable ways. There is no cohesiveness to the plot, no foreshadowing, barely any suspense. We keep returning to the bookshop and an endless parade of customers being served by the shop assistant...more
Kaci
I love pen-names. Claude Izner is the pen-name for the two sisters who wrote this book. I love translated books. This was originally written in French and translated into English. Every once in a while you can tell there is a sentence or two that hasn't translated over correctly. This was a quick and interesting read. I don't read many murder mysteries. I am not good and figuring out the culprit ahead of time. Even when the murder was revealed to me I was thinking," Who is that again?"
Karen
I really wanted to like this. It was an interesting idea, were the victims murdered or did they die from bee stings. However none of the victims were given any time to develop so I didn't know them and didn't care about how they died and if they were murdered why, the characters that were given time to develop are unlikeable and I didn't care if they became victims or were the murderer.

The best thing I can say about this book is that it is one more off the to be read pile.
Cathy Cole
This book is a splendid evocation of Paris during the Belle Époque, and Legris' frequent walks in various neighborhoods made me very happy indeed. The two women booksellers who write as Claude Izner bring their setting to life.

The mystery is also a good one. By the time I pieced all the clues together, it was almost time for the reveal. The list of suspects is a long one and represents almost all the various social strata in the city, which gives the authors more opportunity to depict their belo...more
Babette
I liked this book primarily for the period and the details about the city of Paris. I have been to Paris enough times to know exactly where many of the locations are today. It was fun to read descriptions of sections that I know that had very different characteristics over 100 years ago.
The plot itself was okay. The characters were interesting.
I have put the next book in the series on my reading list for some day in the future.
Jason Ruggles
If I don't finish a book I've started, it makes me feel like a failure. Maybe this book will help me change my mind.

It's translated from French, and you can tell. It's not an overly bad translation, but the details aren't there.

In some books you like the main character. In some, you hate him (or love to hate). In this book, the guy just gets on your nerves.

It was an overall waste of a book.


James
Interesting story staged during the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1889 to celebrate the French Independence Centenary. The method of the crimes was a bit easy to figure out and the main character had some interesting personal issues but the two authoresses presented a wonderful picture of the Exposition and the opening of the Tour Eiffel.
Sandra
Un giallo spento e poco interessante, che ha come sfondo la Torre Eiffel e i padiglioni dell’esposizione universale del 1889 di Parigi. La trama promette all’inizio ma si spegne subito, perdendosi nelle elucubrazioni del protagonista, il libraio Victor Legris, personaggio insignificante come gli altri di una storia che si rivela banale e poco interessante. La ricostruzione storica della Parigi dell’epoca avrebbe potuto essere il punto di forza del libro, ma secondo me è fatta in modo superficial...more
Jane
Somehow seemed disjointed. Translation issues? Setting and time frame interesting.
Chasc
Le personnage principal est antipathique et je ne suis pas sûre que ce soit volontaire (sexiste, par exemple : il se montre violent envers la femme dont il est amoureux sans que cela soit interrogé => certes, ça se déroule au XIXè, mais ça a été écrit aujourd'hui -par des femmes-).
J'aime beaucoup les références littéraires en général mais je trouve qu'elles tombent à plat. Les personnages sont grossièrement dépeints. Les blagues sont fonctionnent pas.
C'est le premier mais je ne lirai pas le...more
Alma
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Aleisha Z Coleman
Jan 31, 2010 Aleisha Z Coleman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: some people
Recommended to Aleisha Z by: travis
this is a series that my husband found for me at christmas time. it was originally written in french but has been translated into english and is story that was set in the late 1800's. because of the combination of translation and setting, the language was difficult for me to get into.

for example: this paragraph, "..A cab drew up on Rue des Saints-Peres, in front of the Hopital de la Charite. A middle-aged man alighted in a dark frock coat and a top hat. He crossed the road, stopped for a few mom...more
G.R.
As a Francophile who once sold antiquarian books, I was probably predisposed to like this one, but even I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

The brand new Eiffel Tower, standing 300 metres high, towers above the many pavilions of the fourth Paris Universal Exposition, which opened on 6th May 1889. People are flocking to it in their droves, eager to sign the visitors' Golden Book and to visit the Le Figaro Pavilion on the second platform to collect their personalised copy of the special e...more
Malcolm
Victor Legris, a Parisian bookseller, is an accidental detective as the city becomes fascinated by a series of deaths by bee sting during the Great Exposition of 1889 (that’s the one that gave us the Eiffel Tower as a temporary installation). After a poor widow caring for her well-to-do sister’s children dies on the 1st landing, it is the turn of an American explorer and the deaths continue. In some circles, as the result of a letter to the press, talk turns to murder – whether by killer bee or...more
Paula
This is the first of a series of books, translated from the French, featuring Parisian bookseller Victor Legris.

It's 1889, the year of the Universal Exposition, and Paris is stuffed full of people from all over the place, including Buffalo Bill and various natives of the French Colonies. The Eiffel Tower is the place to be, at least until a death occurs - initially this is blamed on a bee sting, but when there are more deaths, that explanation suddenly sounds less and less convincing.

Victor Legr...more
Cheryl A
Having read the second in the series for a mystery bookclub, I wanted to start at the beginning to see if my first impressions were correct. Written by two French sisters, these mysteries are set in Paris in the late 1880's and feature Victor Legris, a used bookseller in his late 20's and his friend and mentor, Kenji Mori.

In this debut novel, Paris is all a-buzz about the opening of the World Exposition and Eiffel's tower. When a woman collapses and dies on the tower, her death is ruled an acci...more
ted strutz
I was first attracted to the lurid title 'Murder on the Eiffel Tower', ala Agatha Christy, and indeed, the book reads a little like her mysteries. I found that I had to go back and reread parts because I felt they contained clues and knew that I had to start reading more carefully. Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't. It was a good mystery with a good cast of characters that I found interesting without feeling contrived. I did think the ending was a little weak however, since there were...more
Karen
I suspect we all pick up a book looking forward to what is going to happen. So normally around page 50 a reader will be getting twitchy if nothing much has happened. Get to the end of the book and it still seems like you're waiting for something to happen and it's a very frustrating experience.

Set during the 1889 World Expo in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has just been officially opened and is a massive attraction. When a woman dies on one of the Tower's platforms, officially she died from a bee sti...more
Terri
Murder on the Eiffel Tower is a historical mystery set in Paris 1889 and is the first in a series featuring Parisian bookseller, Victor Legris. The Eiffel Tower has just opened during the World Exposition, and Legris finds himself in the midst of a series of mysterious deaths apparently caused by bee stings. The four victims do not appear to be connected and the deaths seem random, but Legris is intrigued by the oddness of the deaths and decides to investigate. As he looks more deeply into the m...more
Danielle Louise
It took me a while to get into this book. Unfortunately, I feel like there are just some cultural elements that get lost in translation (not literally the fault of the translator, of course, although there were places where I suspected that the translation was a bit odd). Once I finally got into the mindset of 1890s Paris, it went fairly quickly.

I tend to shy away from mysteries because they often introduce far too many characters (to have as many red herrings as possible!) and I lose track of t...more
Alyson
Murder on the Eiffel Tower was enjoyable, though a little murky to read. It is set in the end of the 19th century, and it reads like it was written at the same time. This may be what Izner was going for, but it made what should/could have been a fun mysterious romp through Belle Epoque Paris into a confusing and difficult swamp of characters, places, and historical tidbits.

The main character (and it takes too long to figure out who this is...) is a bit weak and illogical. He sort of falls into...more
Annette
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Dana
The Mystery on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner
(#1 Victor Legris series)
Seriously? A “International Best Seller”? This has to be one of the weakest books I have read in a long time. When I think about books, I visualize them as paintings… Some books are like the Old World Masterpieces we all know, very complex, with something different everywhere you look on the canvas (think “Les Miserables”). Others follow the Impressionists with a strong message but slightly out of focus, hard to pin down, th...more
rabbitprincess
Mar 24, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perhaps those with a special interest in the time/place
Shelves: cadeau, 2012
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Bogdan
роман, который на самом деле «загадочная улица де сен-пер», является первым детективным романом из цикла о викторе легри, книготорговце, действи которого разворачивается в париже в конце 19 века, в частности данный роман – в 1889 году, во время мировой выставки с ее главной достопримечательностью – эйфелевой башней, на которую объявлена форменная охота вперемешку с паломничеством.

самого детектива здесь достаточно мало (приблизительно столько же, сколько в детективных романах сестер чан-нют, а «...more
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Pseudonym of Liliane Korb (1940) and her sister Laurence Korb (1951) known as well as Laurence Lefèvre.

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