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The Chatelet Apprentice (Nicolas Le Floch #1)

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Paris, janvier 1761. Nicolas Le Floch, un jeune homme natif de Guérande, débarque dans la capitale, écarté de sa Bretagne par son tuteur. Après un passage au couvent des Carmes, le jeune Le Floch va apprendre le métier de policier sous la houlette de M. de Sartine, le lieutenant général de police de Louis XV, chargé des affaires spéciales. Le Floch va devoir faire très vit ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published 2007 by Gallic Books (first published February 23rd 2000)
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This novel took me a very long time to read, but this was only because it is the first French language novel I have read in many years and I kept on stopping to use the dictionary! The first in a series about a young man investigating murders in Paris in 1761, the mystery is engaging. However, what makes this novel special is the historical setting. Jean-Francois Parot is clearly very familiar with 18th Century Paris and its police and judiciary system. His descriptions of places such as the Cha
Sara Bauer
I'm so obsessed with this new to American soil series, I just ordered the second and third books from England. You'll have to force yourself to put this book down. Will totally consume your life--which is what great books always do.
Caroline Taggart
The Mail on Sunday review quoted on the cover of this book says, ‘Reads like a cross between a Maigret mystery and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.’ Sorry, but that's rubbish. It’s a convoluted murder mystery (which Les Liaisons Dangereuses is not) set in 18th-century Paris and contains many squalid details of decomposing corpses, arsenic poisoning and impoverished prostitutes (which LLD does not).

However, that review isn’t the author's fault. What is his fault is the heavy-handedness with which he sh
Annie M
This was a good first novel...I picked it up because I currently live in Paris (and have traveled extensively in Brittany) and I thought it would be cool to read about familiar streets and areas from a bygone era. On this point Parot did not disappoint. He really gave a sense of Paris during the mid-18th century and the tensions that lead up to the revolution are present, without being foreboding. I disagree with some reviewers that criticized the author for being too detailed or showing off his ...more
I would really like to read the succeeding books in this series I have just discovered. Considering how good this is one is surprised that - despite the fact that these need to be translated from the French - the American public is not yet familiar with Parot's work.

Set in Paris at the time of Louis XIV, you might think this is just another historical mystery, but the protagonist is quite endearing in his naiveté and in the maturity he has gained by the last page. Good character development. The
A great mystery thrown into the historical fiction pile -- and it works! You walk in Paris of old and even the stench is there....gritty, sharp and very well done!
Absolument fantastique!!! Si vous aimez les romans historiques et les bonnes enquêtes policière, foncez dévorer les aventures de Nicolas Le Floch!!!
Je ne m'attendais pas à être aussi contente de ce livre!

L'énigme est bien construite mais ce qui m'a surtout plu, c'est que l'histoire se passe au XVIIIème siècle. J'ai adoré me plonger dans ce monde si différent du nôtre et remarquablement bien décrit par l'auteur; on n'a aucun mal à imaginer les décors, les personnages, les vêtements, les habitations, etc.

Si le vocabulaire n'est pas très compliqué, il faut en revanche être très concentré pour suivre le héros dans son enquête! J'ai parfois eu d
This book is interesting yet easy to read. The author moves the heroic and good-natured Nicolas Le Floch through the historic landscape of mid eighteenth century France. Mostly it gives an interesting picture of the era, and one wonders how a government that appeared so strong and invincible was doomed to be destroyed within a few decades. At times the inclusion of historic names and places seems contrived and detracts from the narrative. Nicolas, like other historic novel heroes, has modern sen ...more
Margaret Kearney
I was quiet looking forward to this book.Historical fictional mysteries are my fave genre.But I was a bit disappointed with this book.I think it may have something to do with the fact its a translated book.French humour,style of writing and speech is slightly different from English so I dont think the story translates too well.I found the character dialogue a bit stilted and baffling at times.And the mystery wasnt very exciting.I also found I couldnt identify with the main character.The characte ...more
Awesome book about crime and history. I read this kind of genre for the first time and it's amazing. I love it.

The book is complexe of facts, history and good crime. Excellent writing style and very memorable characters.I liked the little details about the food, the style of living in this era. The plot was very interesting. In one time you think you know who the murderer is and it changes immediatly.That's a good thriller - to have alot of surprises while you are reading it.

I hugely reccomend
La république des livres
Cette série de roman a été adapté en téléfilms et c'est comme ça que j'ai découvert Nicolas Le Floch et ses enquêtes. J'ai beaucoup aimé ces téléfilms et j'ai donc décidé de lire les romans à l'origine de celle-ci.

Nous suivons Nicolas, 22 ans, quinze mois après son arrivée à Paris pour être au service de Monsieur de Sartine, lieutenant de police. C'est une plongée au cœur du XVIIIème siècle qui nous est proposé. Les enquêtes de Nicolas sont donc mélangées aux intrigues historiques. Ces deux élé
Wow! "The Chatelet Apprentice" is the best written book I have read in a long, long, time. It is translated from the French, and is the first of a series about Nicolas Le Floch and his career as a Paris police inspector. We explore France and in particular Paris in February of 1761 as Nicolas relates his adventure of leaving his Brittany home, entering Paris for the first time, finding a position with the police, and investigating his first case. We meet a vast aggregation of players from the po ...more
Etienne Mahieux
Ce n'est pas tant poussé par le succès télévisé de Nicolas Le Floch que par le baptême d'un petit chat inattendu que j'ai enfin abordé les romans de Jean-François Parot. Quelques déconvenues me font regarder avec circonspection les romans policiers historiques : occasion d'envoyer sa culture à la vue du lecteur ou pire, de la simuler.
Eh ben, cette "Énigme des Blancs-Manteaux" touche sa bille. L'énigme elle-même n'est pas insoluble si l'on ne cherche qu'à découvrir le coupable, mais dans cette pr
I was nervous to read this after seeing very mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. The main character is interesting and charming, Paris is well-illustrated (although maybe slightly over described) and the mystery was well-paced. I am surprised by how much I did enjoy it! Only lost a star for the ending, a type I never really appreciate in mysteries. But still a wonderful period read, and I hope there is a second!
Oct 23, 2014 Dru rated it 1 of 5 stars
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New policy--any books that I stop reading get rated. It looks like I only read pretty good books because I drop quite a few.
This one had potential, but the writing (or is it the translation) is just terrible. Too bad. I was looking forward to the series.
The Twins
Nicholas Le Floch is a great character and the setting in Paris in the 1760's is authentic and interesting! Will definitely read more of Jean-Francois Parot
Very satisfying mystery, well worth reading. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the novel, learning more about Paris in the time of Louis XV.
Une lecture fort agréable ! Le gros point fort, c'est l'ambiance du Paris du XVIIIe que Jean-François Parot retranscrit très bien, avec des couleurs, des saveurs et des odeurs (pas toujours agréables, les odeurs...). Les personnages sont sympathiques, le genre auxquels on s'attache bien après quelques tomes. L'écriture nous met elle aussi dans l'ambiance tout en restant fluide. Seul bémol, quelques passages un peu philosophico-grandiloquents, maladroits. L'intrigue elle est bien menée, sans temp ...more
French? Check. Ancien régime? Check. Crime? Check. A pretty perfect holiday read for me then, or so I thought.
While I can’t claim to know much about the period, I've enjoyed other books set around the era (Pure, The Count of Monte Cristo) and fancied returning to it.

The opening scene had me excited. Tense and evocative, I looked forward to getting to the bottom what seemed to be the beginnings of an interesting mystery. Sadly, it wasn’t long before the blemishes began to show.

Whether due to poor
The Chatelet Apprentice by Jean-Francois Parot (translated by Michael Glencross) is set in Paris in 1761, some 30 years before the Revolution. Signs of the discontent, and the obvious reasons for the discontent, are obvious. The strict hierarchy and class conflicts, extreme poverty, the costs of the Seven Years War with Britain were already in place long before events began to escalate in the 1780's.

This Paris of 1761 that Jean-Francois Parot describes in sometimes excruciating detail is a domin
Jennifer Uhlich
read this for the historical setting (yes, i am in that cribbing state of peering over other authors' shoulders.) it's an odd little mystery, at once something to read over a nice cup of tea and yet very violent and set in a brutal time period. when i finally finished it (it's been my BART book) i realized that i had totally conflated the author and the main character: it reads like it was written by a hesitant young man, at once eager to show off his knowledge (the execution that everyone was g ...more
Yvonne Ryan
I'm just about half way through but it's turning out to be almost gripping. It's set in Paris around 1760 and manages to paint a vivid picture about life in the city at that time without too many of the obvious "there goes Will Shakespeare, he's going to be famous one day you mark my words" comments, or the "oh so many dedicated hours of research in a dusty library so I can show you how clever I am" moments. Ok, I was too hasty in writing that because the very remark about Shakespeare crops up a ...more
This is the first in a series of mysteries set in 18th-century Paris. I caught a brief glimpse of a French TV show or movie dramatizing one of the books and thought, I need to look into these. Then when we were in Paris, we happened to walk into WH Smith and there it was on the shelf.

I was a little annoyed with the way the author introduced characters that our hero, Nicolas Le Floch, knew previous to our meeting him. Oh yes, they have a history going back for ages. Well, it would have been nice
A very enjoyable period crime novel. The date is 1761 and this is before France was sent into a tail spin with the horror of the revolution and Madame La Guillotine. Nicolas le Floch has moved to Paris on the recommendation of his guardian to make a name for himself within the judiciary system. The judge with whom Nicolas is staying, and under whose wing he has been taken, goes missing and as one of those closest to him le Floch is instructed to discover his whereabouts. Unidentified remains are ...more
Debra Borchert
Where did Monsieur Parot get all his research? I must have read at least 100 books that take place during the time before and during the French Revolution and have never encountered a character such as Tirepot, who, with the aid of a well-explained outfit and buckets, acts as a portable privy!

I enjoyed the details, but must admit that some of it bogged down the pacing. A small price to pay for such an entertaining read.
The Crime Scene Scene
The Chatelet Apprentice is the first novel in the Nicolas Le Floch series by Jean Francois Perot. When Comissioner Lardin, a high ranking French policeman, disappears, Nicolas is asked to investigate by the Lieutenant General of France. He soon discovers that the missing man is likely to have been murdered and that there is more to the case, and his appointment than meets the eye. What he uncovers is a plot that will lead him to discover that state secrets directly affecting the king are put at ...more
This book is so poorly written, and the plot so contrived, is was just on this side of unreadable. I wondered if perhaps it was the fault of the translator (original version in French) but the sentence are so consistently tortured it must be the author. ugh.
Jul 30, 2014 Kit★ marked it as to-ponder-sounds-interesting
I sometimes watch the Nicolas Le Floch show on the MHz World channel, so when I found out it was based on books, I figured I'd check it out.
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