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The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise (Victor Legris #2)

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Fin de siècle Paris: the world of Verlaine and Zola, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec; a time of anarchists, scientists, and occultists, when can-can skirts were raised at the Moulin Rouge and fortunes were lost on the Panama Canal. Armand de Valois was one of these latter unfortunates, stricken by yellow fever at the site of his ruin. When his widow Odette disappears into his ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2003)
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May 07, 2010 Gerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aptly entitled a 'Mystery' because for me it still remains one. The setting is ideal, turn of the century Paris, but the storyline baffles me. I get the gist of it but the detail and who the heck is who and who did what escapes me completely. And who went missing and why? I don't know.

The idea of the sleuth, as it were, being a bookseller really appealed to me but this aspect of his character seems to get lost in the morass except for one or two occasions when it surfaces. And as for the other c
Jul 04, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Dagny
Reminder from: FrenchLiterature Yahoo! Group

This is the second book of a series of 8 books on Victor Legris murder investigations.

The first part of the book had many literary references, which made the reader to lose track on the murder investigation.

One this aspect is surpassed then the plot becomes quite interesting until its end.

In my opinion, some hints of Arsene Lupin style's can be felt in the main character.

And perhaps I would have enjoyed more this book if I had read the first book of th
This is the second in a series of books featuring the crime-solving Parisian bookseller Victor Legris.

It is 1890, and Odette de Valois, ex-lover of Left Bank bookseller and amateur sleuth Victor Legris, has disappeared whilst visiting her husband's grave at Père-Lachaise cemetery. Her maid, Denise, fears the worst and, in a dreadful state and knowing not a soul in Paris who can help her aside from her mistress' ex-lover, enlists Victor's help. At first reluctant to become involved, believing tha
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, read-2013
This second book in Victor Legris series is a very enjoyable read, more so for me than the first since I know the characters better. They're interesting and fun and for some reason I'm much more drawn to them this time. The mystery itself totally fooled me.
Aug 10, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
I'm generally in favor of period pieces, in particular mysteries. I love Paris. And so I believed when I picked this up that I'd delight in a story set in turn of the century Paris. I might have been wrong.

Victor Legris, a bookseller and part-time sleuth, is caught up the murder of his former lover when her maid comes to him in distress. She cannot find her mistress and believes she went missing in a cemetery, Pere-Lachaise, after trying to conjure up the ghost of her dead husband. Legris then
Betsey Manzoni
This book was somewhat enjoyable. The sisters writing under the pseudonym of Claude Izner do quite well with their writing style, but sometimes assume the reader knows more than about the story than has been told. Used bookseller Victor Legris gets drawn into the mysterious disappearance of his former flame and must traipse all over Paris seeking clues to her whereabouts. The characters have great potential and given further efforts, this writing duo is likely to churn out some good stuff. This ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted French and I wanted light and this fills both. Charming detective who owns a bookstore in Paris. I am also reading La Seduction, a non-fiction book on the art of seduction. This is delightful. I recommend this if you wish to understand one important facet of the French.

I finished both and enjoyed each. La Seduction was beautifully done and gave me an insight into the French from an American perspective. Definitely a good choice. The Pere-Lachaise Mystery was fun but not as dear to my he
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irgendwo in Panama

Nachdem Odette de Valois Mann in Südamerika verstorben ist, trägt die junge Witwe Trauer. Zwar war sie nie ein Kind von Traurigkeit und ihre Affäre mit dem Buchhändler Victor Legris ist ebenso wenig lange vorüber wie die Weltausstellung in Paris, doch nun ist sie wie ausgewechselt. Sogar ein Medium bemüht sie, um in Kontakt mit dem Toten zu treten. Aus dem Totenreich heraus beordert ihr Mann sie zu seinem Grabmal, sie soll ihm ein Bild bringen, das er ihr aus Panama geschickt h
Nov 29, 2014 Andréia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Sou apaixonada pela cidade, sempre tento dar uma chance quando algum livro fala algo sobre Paris, principalmente quando tem coisas a ver com a minha área – Arquitetura, por isso a premissa do livro me contagiou. Era uma boa pegada = Suspense + Paris + Inauguração da Torre Eiffel, um suspense leve numa cidade que curto e um dos panos de fundo seria a grande construção de metal que chocou uma época.

A ideia do livro é boa, mas ela se perdeu em muitos mom
Feb 11, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
The second in this late 19th century French historical mystery was an easier and quick read than the first one. As one reviewer has indicated, it does get a bit confusing at first, but you have to keep in mind the prologue, which is set in South America and with that in the back of your mind, you know the two events are somehow corrected. However, the author (s) does introduce the real murderer rather late in the story. Still, I enjoyed the setting, Paris (what not to LOVE), the time period, the ...more
Nov 22, 2015 Malcolm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Much as I enjoyed this, it does suffer a little from second book syndrome, torn as it is between driving the narrative of this mystery and setting up the characters and narrative arcs of the series. That said, the sisters Korb & Lefebvre, do well to lull the reader into a sense of smug security that we know more than the ensemble Legris doing the investigation, that is until they up the ante a little over half way through leaving us as readers about as mystified as the investigators. It’s al ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Donald rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dreadful. Uninteresting writing. The few historical tidbits were not enough to sustain this. Only made it half way through and then leafing through to the end, I still couldn't figure out what was going on. Who's dead, who killed them, who cares!
May 02, 2015 Whitney rated it liked it
It started strong. unfortunately, the plot was contrived, and the pace started to drag about two thirds of the way through. It's a beach read, i.e. it's not unreadable, but it's nothing to write home about, either.
Dec 02, 2009 Aimelire rated it did not like it
For all the hype about this book, I didn't like it. The book was slow. The mystery was not intriguing. The writing style was disjointed. Even the views of old Paris weren't written in a way that was interesting.

Savannah Pearlman
I normally must finish a book that I have started, but this is posing a real challenge. There are far too many characters, it's extremely difficult to follow. Often dialogue will start and I have no idea who's speaking. The sections are very disjointed, and the writing style is simplistic (likely lost in translation from the French). The reviews below have mentioned that at least part of the plot is revealed at the end, so at this point I'm just trying to stick it out, but I'm doing a lot of ski ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Ricki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bought it from a charity shop at the same time as I bought the other one so felt I really should read it. No longer have any inclination. Rather simplistic to say the least.
Second title of a serie written by two sisters under the name Claude Izner, this is a detective story settled in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century.
We follow Victor Legris, co-owner of a bookstore, in his search of the truth about the mysterious disappearance of the maid of his ex-mistress.
Full of suspense, I recommend this book to anybody with a good knowledge of French (if no translation available) as the vocabulary is very rich, and q few words are in slang.
Aux francophiles amateurs d
Written by the two lovely sisters Liliane and Laurence using the pseudonym Claude Izner. The second Izner novel I read, this time I read it in French though. The vocabulary and the chosen tenses reinforce the historical setting of 19th century Paris. The downside of this literary leap in time is that it occasionally can be hard to read as the tenses slow down the flow in the sentences, thus the reading, thus the action...

Nice read if you like historical settings with a touch of mysterious death
The Pere Lachaise Mystery by Claude Izner - good

Now this was the book I wanted to read when I picked up the first three in the series. The first one I found disappointing. This one was much better and vindicated my original choice.

This is the second in a series of mystery (possibly 'cosy' genre) novels set in Fin de siècle Paris featuring Victor Legris, a bookseller, and his various family and friends. A much better mystery and possibly a better translation as it was less clunky than the first b
Nov 27, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weeell, the second in this series improves in characterization - we get to know the main characters much better & there are some surprises. I'm getting quite attached to Joseph & Tasha, & Victor is growing up, woo hoo!
However i completely lost interest in the final working out of the complex plot. I must admit I skipped to the end. However i do enjoy their handling of Paris history. It doesn't intrude, it's well integrated into the story. The history of what came before Gare d'Orsay
Sep 15, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love a mystery... That is why I am so often forgiving when parts of it remain tangled. The Pere Lachaise Mystery was a book that could have been more captivating if there were less characters. I often lost track of who the people were and found myself looking back a great deal. To be honest with you, I didn't even like the main characters at all. However, the plot and setting were interesting enough to keep my attention. Apparently this book is part of a series wherein bookseller Victor ...more
Cheryl A
When Odette de Valois disappears from her husbands' tomb at the Pere-Lachaise cemetary, her maid Denise turns to her former lover, bookseller Victor Legris for help. Victor thinks that Odette has just gone off with another lover but promises Denise he will see what he can find out. After visiting Odette's apartment and finding it ransacked, Victor tries to get more information from Denise, only to find that she too has disappeared. As odd events and disappearances continue to mount, Victor must ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Piglet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Claude Izner books because I recognize the places in them, from our visits to Paris, and they are quite relaxing to read ... but to me, who likes gruesome psychological thrillers, well, I think they are a bit slow ... I don't know. I can't say tha I don't like them, but they aren't REALLY my cup of tea.

This is the second book about Victor Legris, the bookshop owner who likes to solve crime mysteries. His girlfriend Tasja, his friend/mentor Kenji, the shop assistant Joseph are all ther
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Sedotta dall'immagine in copertina e dall'ambientazione retrò mi sono fiondata su questo libro immaginando una qualche somiglianza, almeno per quanto riguarda l'atmosfera, con i racconti del maestro Poe. Ahimè, Victor Legris non è certamente Auguste Dupin e la Parigi delle sorelle Lilian Korb e Laurence Lefèvre ( Claude Izner è il loro nome de plume) non è quella de I delitti della Rue Morgue.

Victor Legris è un libraio che "respira più volentieri l'odore del sangue che quello della carta", e in
A decent mystery, of the kind that gives several clues to the ultimate culprit(s) but without giving enough away for the reader to solve it all within the first half of the book.

It's reasonably translated from the French, for all I can tell, though a glossary of language rather than simply of references to historical people would be an improvement on this edition - little point in translating it into English if you don't also include translations of the phrases left in French. I knew what they
Suzanne Skelly
Feb 20, 2012 Suzanne Skelly rated it liked it
This is second in a series that finds Victor Legris, a Parisian bookseller, at the heart of solving a murder mystery.

In Paris in the late 19th century many wealthy frenchmen got wrapped up in being part of the construction of the great Panama Canal. The concept was one of adventure and potentially GREAT financial gain- Armand de Valois was one of these frenchmen.

The story revolves around his life and death, the grief and latter passing of his widow Odette, and almost anyone who had touched her l
Jan 23, 2016 buchtrunken rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-0-stars, read-2016
Es hat mich einige Zeit gekostet, dieses Buch zu lesen.
Wohl mit am meisten haben mich die Sprünge irritiert. Auf der Suche nach "Der Blauen Madonna" hatte man als Leser den Eindruck, sich in Victors Kopf zu befinden und dort von einem Gedanken zum nächsten zu hüpfen und dabei sämtliche Ideen und aufkommende Geistesblitze mitzunehmen.
Zum letzten Drittel hin fiel es mir immer schwerer, der sich andeutenden Lösung des Falls um die Morde in Paris und das Geheimnis der "Blauen Madonna" zu folgen.
Jul 15, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reasonably good read. I was vaguely interested in the history of Paris but would say I didnt really like the mystery. Some bits a little too grisly for my liking. Also certain characters didnt ring true. Maybe Paris was not as class ridden as UK but there were certain younger characters here who I suspect would not speak to older, better off characters in quite the way they do in this book.

So if you are interested in Paris and the setting then you might like this mystery story, otherwise I'd may
Aug 17, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, france
History is the main character in the Claude Izner mysteries. Marvelous storytelling. Character development is right up there with the best. And Paris. Toujours.

Ths sisters who write this series are experts on 19th century Paris. Ooh la la.
Jan 29, 2016 Luisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like all the characters, but the plot doesn't really interest me. I don't really care about Odette or what happened to her or who the culprit is. I like Victor, and Joseph, but nothing else interesting. Not very satisfying.
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