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Miss Don't Touch Me: Vol. 1 (Miss Pas Touche #1-2)

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Paris in the thirties. The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up a servant in a luxury h ...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by NBM Publishing (first published May 5th 2006)
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Blanche has a LOT of pent up rage, and who can blame her? Her sister was murdered by a serial killer, the authorities didn't believe her when she told them what really happened and called it suicide, and then her employer fired her and sent her off into the street without a reference. You simply can't have girls whose sisters kill themselves working for you, scandalous! She's furious and out to find the men who killed her sister.
She gets an opportunity to use that rage when, in her not-very-ski
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Seth Hahne
Miss Don't Touch Me by Hubert & Kerascoët

Probably better than any other culture-group, the French have over and again adapted the conventions of noir cinema to their own works. This is fitting, after all, as film noir was a critical designation invented by the French to describe a certain mode of crime thriller. Made popular in the '40s in the US, noir is generally counted to span the era of 1941 to 1958—from The Maltese Falcon to Touch of Evil, as it were. Yet though film noir in its traditional, classic sense dies off in 1958 with Or
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Raina
It's Nancy Drew, except Nancy is a dominatrix.

Ok, so not exactly. There's a serial killer on the loose in 20s Paris, and the sister of one of his victims has to go undercover as the virgin dom at a high-society brothel to exact her revenge.

Candy for me. Though I'm not sure what that says about me.

This is a great example of a GN where I don't find the art very attractive, but got completely sucked in by the story. I love that about good GN writing.

It's very graphic, both sexually and violence-wis
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Natalia
This is the story of a girl, Blanche, who works with her sister, Agatha, as a live-in maid in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century. When Blanche witnesses her sister’s murder, her world is destroyed. People think Agatha committed suicide, and nobody will believe Blanche. She goes on a mission to avenge Agatha’s death, which takes her into a realm of prostitution, murder, and deceit.

It is both hard to believe and a relief that Agatha can manage to work at a brothel and not even have to take
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Jennifer (The Nightly Book Owl)
Fair Warning: This book is quite graphic, but that’s to be expected when you read a graphic novel in which the main characters are prostitutes.

There’s a murderer in Paris, and they call him “The Butcher of the Dances,” preying on loose women at dances and whatnot. The main character, Blanche, has a sister who is murdered by this serial killer, so she goes on a little journey (into a brothel) to find out who killed her sister. Can she work undercover in a brothel and find out who the killer is an
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Andrew
oh my. This is a racy little graphic novel that stills manages to be charming and stylish. Probably because it is written by the French and they can get away with being risque and tasteful.

The graphic style reminds me of Kate Beaton... only with more nipples and exclusively about murder and prostitutes in post-WWI Paris. I get the impression she'd like it (you know... because of its style and her interest in European history... not because of the graphic nature). The pacing is great and the cha
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Jax
Although I usually don't like mystery stories, I think the art style and the stubborn/mad protagonist made up for it. The graphic novel is fully colored solidly which is nice on the eyes, even when they show particularly unpleasant images. Caution: This book is not meant to be read by an young audience because some of the pictures have sexual content and disturbing graphic violence. Nonetheless, they all mix into a very interesting story that is unlike other stories today. It's similar to the ta ...more
Sharon
Not impressed. Whoever translated the text did an inferior job- the language was choppy and stilted, but some of the plot points were awkward as well. I wasn't overly impressed with the artwork either.
Ryan
I loved this book. Left it on my bookshelf for years, not expecting much. Finally sat down and read it and was surprised at how good it is. The negatives: a few of the night time panels are a bit too dark to understand what exactly is going on. A couple of basic translation errors. Some of the characters look too similar to distinguish. But that might be intentional. The positives: deceptively simple French style that might trick a reader into thinking it is intended for a younger audience. It i ...more
Elevate Difference
Miss Don't Touch Me is the story of a girl, Blanche, who works with her sister, Agatha, as a live-in maid in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century. When Blanche witnesses her sister’s murder, her world is destroyed. People think Agatha committed suicide, and nobody will believe Blanche. She goes on a mission to avenge Agatha’s death, which takes her into a realm of prostitution, murder, and deceit.

It is both hard to believe and a relief that Agatha can manage to work at a brothel and not ev
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Sam Quixote
Paris, early 20th century. A young maid called Florence witnesses the murder of a high class prostitute in an abandoned building by two men. Hysterical, she rushes out to find her sister, a more outgoing and fun loving soul who goes back to the room to prove her sister imagined it all - and is then shot. Cast out of her house and grieving her dead sister, Florence begins hunting the murderers, a chase that leads her to one of the classiest brothels in Paris, the Pompadour. There she becomes one ...more
Dani Peloquin
Originally published in France, Miss Don't Touch Me by Hubert & Kerascoet is a graphic novel about two sisters who work as the maids to an aristocratic woman until the murder of one of the sisters causes the remaining sibling to go on a hunt for her sister's killer. This graphic novel is a classic who-dunit but is for mature audiences ONLY for it includes a great deal of violence and sexual content.

Set in the 1903s, Agnes is a carefree girl who spends her nights dancing with various men out
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David Schaafsma
What's not to like? A crime thriller set in a thirties Pari brothel, where a woman, Blanche, whose sister was murdered by some serial killer, joins the brothel to see if she can get some insight/explore/snoop around into who mightta dunnit. Do we believe that this girl can get a job as a "prostitute" and remain a virgin dominatrix, etc? Nah, but it's fun, and sort of titillating (more so for a man than a woman? maybe...) to set a murder mystery in a "High End" brothel catering to aristocrats and ...more
Jacob
Another twisted tale from France. Compulsively read this in one sitting, though I wish I had stretched it out a little longer. Like their other book, Beauty, the art and settings are rich and detailed. Miss Don't Touch Me starts out a murder mystery but pushes beyond those boundaries without losing sight of the central plot. Even though it is a simple story the characters are complex.
scarlettraces
Kind of the graphic novel version of Maison Close, only set in the 30s and with more gore. (Warning: gore; although personally I found the patrons more revolting.) Loved the art, the eyes especially and the use of colour throughout, and loved the clueless heroine (this is used to devastating effect in the second collection).
Kathryn
Summary: Florence watches as her sister is killed by "The Butcher of the Dances". In an attempt to discover her sister's killer, Florence joins a famous brothel.

Review: Ok, this book is not for children; there are some graphic portions, but overall I found the content not incredibly scandalous. When the book first arrived over a year ago, some of the librarians were up in arms because some of the pictures are graphic - most of the novel takes place in a brothel. But, this isn't a love story. Se
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Susan
Blanche begins this story as a housemaid, but is drawn into trying to find "the butcher of the dances," who she believes murdered her sister. In the process, she finds herself working at a high-class house of call-girls, and gets drawn into much more than she bargained for.

There are a few interesting characters, though. For example, Josephine, a transsexual, is mysterious and complex. But most of the other characters are fairly one-sided. And most men in the story are portrayed as at best the v
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Emily
This was really interesting. Very different than most graphic novels-definitely not for children, as the plot is about murders and brothels. The drawings were cute, and I loved the setting.
Korynn
I'm not quite sure what I find so fascinating about this book - perhaps it's the peek into a first class french brothel, or the riveting dynamics of a prudish virgin tossed in with a group of whores who instantly take offense at a girl who doesn't have to work on her back for a living. It's also a sociological treasure trove for a reader not familiar with French society and their culture. The plot is very noir: murder, mistaken identity, revenge, torture... Perhaps the only downside is that Miss ...more
Deb
Set in France, the heroine is dubbed "Miss Don't Touch Me" while searching for her sister's murderers when she infiltraties a house of "ladies of negotiable affection" yet remains a virgin.

Hubert's attention to background details is lovely, giving you a sense of history similar to what one sees in the movie musical Sweeny Todd -- slightly tidied up, but at least a nod towards historical accounts.

Reader be warned, this book has naked ladies in it. Very tastefully drawn ta-tas, but tits nonetheles
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Alex
Great Book! One of the freshest faces I've come across in comics (I know they've been at it for a while, talking about the book in itself) in a long time. I came across this title when I was browsing the venders at this past NYCC, and decided to pick it up. I've long been a fan of the European comic book experience, and this one did not disappoint. It's written and illustrated by a this french couple that has this unique chemistry in their work, and only a married couple can have, barf...actuall ...more
Emily
Im really not sure what I thought about this.
Sarah
Creepy 1930s French brothel serial killer story with a fierce and determined female protagonist.
M.
Apr 05, 2010 M. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comix
This is a delightful story set, primarily, in a French brothel at the turn of the century. I can almost guarantee pleasure in reading anything set in a brothel, so the fact that it's a comic book and it's also about crazy perverts made me love the narrative here. In terms of it's art and it's form there is nothing groundbreaking, but nothing offensive. Reading exclusively for plot this is lovely and very enjoyable.
Becky
Very enjoyable graphic novel and the illustrations are fantastic! Blanche loses her sister (and only family) to murder. Everyone thinks it's suicide, but Blanche is determined to uncover the truth. Since this is Paris in the thirties, what else can a young woman of no means go to find a murderer and seek vengeance? An upscale brothel!!! Blanche manages to keep her virtue, whip a few patrons, and catch a killer!
Hannah Johnson
One of the very best graphic novels I've read. This book has a fantastical setting (historical Paris in a brothel) that serves as a backdrop to a compelling and heart-touching mystery story. Easy to read, especially for those not used to graphic novels. Explicit (duh, it takes place in a brothel) but in the good way (mostly, I suppose it's a little gruesome). Definitely highly recommended by me!
Rose
Some of the loveliest lines, and such a twisting plot! The story's as gruesome as it is adorable, one moment light-hearted and then suddenly, in the next panel, grit and violence! Such a wonderful, surprisingly well balanced contrast. And, the best part is that I couldn't see ahead of the action! I love good storytelling.

Apparently there's a part two! I can't wait to track it down.
Richard
Your typical French, 1930s, virgin prostitute investigating a serial killer comic. The art is done with that fun, energetic line that other French cartoonists like Sfar and Blain often use. This style and the overall tone make the book feel like a light, fun read, but there is some pretty dark stuff going on, especially at the end of the book.
Marissa
A French noiry graphic novel about a women investigating her sister's death by going undercover in a brothel. I really liked the vibrant colors and the art style, which reminds me of Joann Sfar. Even though it's within certain genre formalities, there are some nice surprises and twists along the way.
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