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The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas
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Mar 11, 08

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Read in March, 2008

Another superb novel from Fred Vargas. Not an Inspector Adamsberg novel this time, but rather the story of four roommates: Mathias, Marc, Lucien, and Vandoosler. Mathias, Marc, and Lucien (the "three evangelists") are all historians, but in vastly different fields. Vandoosler is Marc's uncle/godfather. All three historians are broke, so they move into a rundown old house on a nice street in Paris, coincidentally next door to a former opera singer who is alarmed by the sudden appearance of a tree in her backyard. She asks the three evangelists to investigate the tree for her, and then she turns up missing--leading them to a much more mysterious case than they first anticipated. The characters are quirky and charming, the mystery interesting, and the ending unexpected.

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