The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg, #9)
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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg #9)

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Commissaire Adamsberg takes on a case far outside of his jurisdiction: the disappearances of evil-doers who have been visited by a band of ghostly horsemen.

'People will die,' says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter h...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Harvill Secker (first published 2010)
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Nancy Oakes
Jul 02, 2013 Nancy Oakes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series, people who like their crime on the lighter side
Super book, on the shortlist for this year's International Crime Dagger award.

as always, my overly-wordy self got the better of me, so if you want a longer version of this discussion, you can find it here -- otherwise, here's the shorter one:

As our hero Adamsberg is pondering the strange case of a man who killed his wife with breadcrumbs, a woman from Ordebec, a small town in Normandy, comes to him with an even stranger tale, prefaced with the words "People are going to die." He has to pry the...more
Stefania T.


h 15.00


Son soddisfazioni.
La prima fase di "lettrice di gialli" l'ho trascorsa come una tonta a cercare di capire come funzionavano le cose nel quartiere.
Poi, fattami furba, ho capito che un buon sistema poteva essere quello di sospettare di tutto e tutti. E così indovinare con arguzia l'assassino, il cui nome doveva per forza essere nella lista (secondo il principio di omnicomprensività della parola 'tutti').
E poi finalmente, con la paura di fin...more
Jim Coughenour
As this latest book from Fred Vargas already has over 100 reviews, I'll only say that it's an excellent addition to the Adamsberg series. All the usual elements are there: the slight, persistent suggestion of supernatural forces, the likeable members of Adamsberg's team, each with his or her distinguishing quirk, a Gallic playfulness with words and themes, a solicitous love for animals (in this story a mistreated pigeon and a hound who loves sugar), and a genuine affection for its curious cast o...more
Vargas continúa revisando las viejas leyendas populares europeas. Si antes fueron el hombre lobo y los vampiros, ahora le toca el turno al Ejército Furioso, la versión normanda de la gallega Santa Compaña. Adamsberg ni niega ni reafirma la creencia popular sino todo lo contrario pero, eso sí, termina por descubrir al responsable de los crímenes que investiga (se entrecruzan tres y hasta cuatro tramas en la novela): todos seres de carne y hueso. Muy recomendable, pero ya sabeis que yo soy fan de...more
THE GHOST RIDERS OF ORDEBEC. (2013). Fred Vargas. **.
About two-thirds of the way through this most recent Commissaire Adamsberg mystery, I looked at myself (always keep a mirror handy) and said: “This is incredibly boring.” Although Vargas’s characterizations continue to delight, the plot line was getting more and more far-fetched. Some of the other clues (aside from looking at oneself) are flipping ahead to see how many pages are left in the current chapter and flipping to the end to see the to...more
The combination of murder mystery and magical thinking is intriguing in Vargas's novels. The first I read, Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand, took place partly near my old stomping grounds of Ottawa, and around Pink Lake where I had many picnics and summer afternoons, as well as environmental field trips due to it's interesting ecology. The odd police commissaire Adamsberg, with his combination of sharp insightful police thinking and his flexible changing connections with both another world and...more
Ubik 2.0
il fantasma della ripetitività.

…eppure ci sarebbero tutti i migliori ingredienti dei romanzi della Vargas con protagonista il Commissario Adamsberg: l’ambientazione in un villaggio francese (in Normandia, nella fattispecie), i caratteri della stralunata truppa parigina di Adamsberg, una vicenda che affonda le radici in un’antica leggenda con un sottofondo di soft horror (donde il titolo), lo stile un po’ straniante “à la Pennac”, ecc.

Eppure verso la metà – due terzi del romanzo ho cominciato a...more
I have never read any other Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries, though Goodreads tells me that this is the ninth (!) book in the series. I also have very, very little familiarity with the mystery genre. But I had loads of fun reading this book and I got rather attached to its weird cast of characters. At first glance they seem almost too eccentric: Adamsberg's crack team is made up of a narcoleptic, an intellectual who spontaneously comments on the situation in rhyming verse, an intellectual who's...more
John Brooke
Sometimes it takes a while to get to the right place in order to appreciate the best things. Fred Vargas is an internationally acclaimed mystery writer. I have read three or four of the books in her Commissaire Adamsberg series, but I admit to having a problem enjoying the Vargas approach. Until now. With The Ghost Riders of Ordebec, the 9th book in the series, I finally understand how to connect with Fred.

I am attracted to Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg - his dreamy, logic-lazy sensibility, especially...more
Janette Fleming
When a terrified woman begs Commissaire Adamsberg for help with a murder that has not happened yet he is intrigued. Her daughter claims to have seen the ghostly hunt, lead by the Devil's helper Lord Hellequin. These spectral horsemen ride through Northern France collecting the souls of evildoers and any living person spotted riding with them is sure to die a horrific death soon after. With three local men identified among the riders, and one of them already missing, it is not long before the bod...more
I'm always enjoying Vargas' mysteries although I like some of the Adamsberg books better than others. The Ghost Riders fell into the others category for me. I liked the mythical riders (sort of like the Wild Hunt but French-style) but the book felt too busy cramming in multiple murders that didn't really tie together all that well. In the beginning you have the wife-killing husband as a sort of aperitif, then you get a taste for the Ordebec mystery that is then derailed by the murder of a promin...more
First Sentence: A trail of tiny breadcrumbs led from the kitchen into the bedroom, as far as the spotless sheets where the old woman lay dead, her mouth open.

Comm. Adamsburg travels to Ordebec in response to a woman’s plea. Her daughter, Lina, has seen the Ghost Riders with four men. According to legend, this mean each of these men will meet a violent death. Adamsburg takes with him a young man he believes innocent of the murder for which he is accused, and his 18-year-old son, whom he recently...more
Giorgio Corito
Adamsberg è una garanzia assoluta di azione ed introspezione. La sua squadra, i suoi sospettati ed anche … la sua famiglia vengono analizzati in modo silente ma preciso, considerando che la sua attività principale è quella di spalare nuvole. La gestione parallela di più indagini è fluida senza mai avere la necessità di "rileggere". Vargas stupisce sempre nella sua normale genialità di scrittura e contenuto.
The Crime Scene Scene
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec is the seventh novel in the Commissaire Adamsberg series by author Fred Vargas. A woman has been standing outside the police headquarters in blazing sunshine. She wishes to report the disappearance of a hated local after her daughter had visions of the legendary Ghost Riders, a band of vigilantes who rid the area of Orderbec of nefarious characters since the Middle Ages. Despite the case being outside his jurisdiction and dealing with a murder on his own patch Adamsbe...more
When we read mysteries, most of us read them for "whodunit". I do to. And I like Fred Vargas because she never disappoints - her story is always well tangled and exciting. But I LOVE Fred Vargas, because her novels are always more than just mysteries: they are lively depictions of Paris and French countryside and their inhabitants. I like slow and strangely aloof Commissaire Adamsberg who is equally capable of demanding the lab work on the twine that tied the legs of a city pigeon (and almost ki...more
Martine Foucard
Le problème c'est que je suis une inconditionnelle de Vargas, alors je ne suis plus très objective.
Bref j'ai adoré celui-ci, je trouve que le personnage d'Adamsberg s'étoffe de plus en plus, et j'aime ses obsessions et son irrationalité.
Et je n'avais pas deviné qui était le coupable avant la fin, ce qui pour moi est l'un des principaux critères pour dire si un polar est bon ou non :)
Vargas' books are always an enjoyable read - quirky with unexpected twists and delights for an avid crime genre lover. This one is definitely fun and the key characters are charming, but I think she sometimes gets overly caught up in her labyrinthine plot-making at the expense of subtlety.
I picked up The Ghost Riders of Ordebec because it shared the Golden Dagger award with Pierre LeMaitre’s Alex a book I really enjoyed. Vargas’ novel is the latest in her Commissaire Adamsberg series, centred on a French policeman from the provinces who apparently has a Zen-like approach to investigations.

The book deals with two parallel investigations. The principal plot line kicks off when a woman from the Normandy village of Ordebec visits Adamsberg in Paris to seek his help with a mysterious...more
Like Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano and Hakan Nesser's Inspector Van Veetering, Fred Vargas' Commissaire Adamsberg is an off-the-wall detective investigating convoluted crimes, and somehow you believe in them. I don't know why or how. It's magic.
Once you start to read Vargas's novel you will find yourself immersed in her world of mystism, legends, history expressed by her poetic narration. So far I have not come across any novels that feels like a historical but contemporary at the same time.

Once again Vargas proved that you don't need to be a detective who's either a workaholic, alcoholics, broken families, nor the opposite of being an ex- navy seal, ex-Marshall, could be as engaging, and captivating.

Exceptional writing, eccentric cha...more
Si on retrouve avec plaisir Adamsberg et l'habituelle galerie de personnages, on regrette un peu que le récit soit structuré exactement comme les romans précédents. Il faut changer de recette sinon je vais me lasser...
Ah Adamsberg, Veyrenc, Retancourt, the cat on the photocopier, they are charming quirky characters and propel me through the books. As another reviewer, Tony noted, the stories are becoming a bit too far-fetched and have lost their way a bit. Is it because Mme Vargas is trying to pack in too many stories into one book? The ghost riders were a really interesting story line, did we need the 'murder by fire' in the car? the pigeon with the tied up feet (not satisfactorily closed for me), or was it...more
I didn't read this in order. It was ,u first one. But it seemed to me that personality traits were told, not shown. That the plot whodunit at the end is one long summation. Didn't really enjoy.
Picked this up at a garage sale and I have to say it was a really lucky find. The intelligent mind of Adamsberg was delightful to read about and the way he strung his ideas was very creative. I partially suspected Émeri at first but ruled him out by the middle so it came as a bit of a suprise. Word choice was good and I really liked the off hand story of Mo and Zerk, but also the way everything was tied up and connected. Even the death of the Vendermonts father was cleard. (To be completely hone...more
This one didn't hold a candle to the first three - the whimsicality was not there until almost the very end. Quite disappointing.
Oh I loved Adamsberg and his crew of misfit detectives. Such dark humour in this novel. Great character studies throughout.
Judy Leblanc
fantastic read as always from Ms. Vargas, just wished they would translate more of the 3 disciples series.
This good mystery is set in Paris and rural Normandy. An investigator from Paris is brought in when a local hunter is missing. A woman had seen a group of ghostly riders and he was among the four people being carried off by them. Whenever this event happened in the past it means that their captives will die a violent death. The characters in this book are eccentric and there is humor as well as drama and action. It is altogether an entertaining and engrossing book. I look forward to reading more...more
Stan Lanier
I find Fred Vargas (Frederique Audoin-Rougeau, French medieval historian and eukaryotic archeologist and three time winner of the CWA's International Dagger) a real treasure. Her character in this series, Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, I place in the company of Salvo Montalbano, John Rebus, Reg Wexford, and Andy Dalziel. With his own style of policing, he is a memorable creation. Vargas's work has the benefit of an excellent translator, Sian Reynolds. Reading this series is time well spent...more
pal fête des mères 2011 -

Au cœur de la Brigade criminelle, le commissaire Adamsberg vaque à ses occupations. Même si Veyrenc, son ancien rival des Pyrénées, hésite encore à revenir, le reste de l’équipe évolue paisiblement : Rettancourt reste la grande « génératrice d’énergie », le chat dit « La Boule » dort toujours sur la photocopieuse, Danglard avec son verre de vin blanc développe un immense savoir, Mercadet est toujours à moitié endormi, Froissy fait des allers-retours entre sa réserve de...more
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