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When Beggars Die

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Allen's detective, Gerard de Montclaire, is nicely finessed into both literary and political history. When Beggars Die, first in the author's detective series, tackles murder, intrigue, and a nefarious plot against King Edward VII of England. Marie Collot is dead, and above her lifeless form stands the King of England.

The author breathes visceral life into the dark alleys
Paperback, 346 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by High Hill Press
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I definitely enjoyed this start to the Montclaire mystery series, set in Paris at the start of the 20th century. Montclaire, depressed after the death of his wife, is appointed a Royal Magistrate to investigate a charge of a call woman's murder against King Edward VII. Montclaire, accompanied by his loyal friend and old English school chum Francis FitzMaurice, is up against a wiley adversary, but holds his own. The plot is fast-paced and interesting, and the historical detail is impressive but n ...more
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Sep 27, 2014 O. P. rated it it was amazing
An excellent read, with twists and turns throughout and an exciting ending. I love France and Paris and this story features both, with a French detective who is a different sort of bird. The setup is interesting and has a great deal of history to it. I love to read historical mysteries in part because I like to learn a bit of history. This story teaches and entertains. It was the first of this series I read, and it made me want more.
Jul 06, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of crime fiction, Le Chat Noir, and Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, which is why this book deserves four stars. Montclaire likes to see justice served a bit more than Dupin, which I like, but his role in the balance of justice is a bit shocking to a good way.
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Dr. Edward A. Allen is a retired CIA Intelligence Officer. During Bush and Clinton Administrations, he served as the CIA’s Senior Analyst for European Security Affairs, and as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Europe. He has lectured widely on International Relations and has published more than a score of historical articles in scholarly journals—notably The Journal of British Studies and F ...more
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