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Crossing the Line

(Paris Homicide #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  60 reviews
It's Christmas in Paris. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky returns to work after recovering from a gunshot wound. He's in love and raring to go. His first day back has him overseeing a jewel heist sting and taking on an odd investigation. Dental students discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head. Is it a sick joke? Sirsky and his team of crack homicide detectives follo ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Le French Book (NY) (first published May 4th 2011)
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Crossing the Line is the second book in the Paris Murder Series. Chief Nico Sirsky is back full time in his fourth-floor office at the Paris police headquarters, 36 Quai des Orfèvres. Three months ago he was wounded in his leg and is still recovering from the experience.

The new love of his life, Caroline, the gastroenterologist at the Saint Antoine Hospital, has given him new hope and enthusiasm for his work. His teenage son Dimitry is doing very well and life is good.

But his first day back fee
Now, all of my friends will tell you that I am way more likely to end up infatuated with a book (or occasionally a film) character then an actual celebrity. I know, it's a problem. One I actually enjoy and do not plan on trying to get rid of. Frédérique Molay's first book in the Paris Homicide series, the 7th Woman, left me me not only incredibly infatuated with Chief of Police Nico Sirsky but also overwhelmed with impatience and anticipation of the second book. Le French Book, fabulous as they ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Crossing the Line is the second in the Inspector Nico Sirsky, Paris Homicide, series, following on from “The 7th Woman.” When we meet up with Inspector Sirsky again he is still recovering from the gunshot wound he received three months before, at the end of “The 7th Woman.” Now happily involved with Caroline, the woman of his dreams who he also met in the first book, Nico also has sole custody of his son, Dimitri. However, his ex-wife Sylvie, who also featured in the first novel , has now disapp ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
A few days ago, I read the first in Molay's Nico Sirsky series, The 7th Woman, a tale about a serial killer who has it in for Sirsky, a senior Paris cop, and who kills a string of women extremely sadistically in the buildup to killing the love of Sirsky's life. A lot about the novel seemed familiar, but I assumed this was merely because I've read far too many serial-killer chillers and that this one, albeit reveling more in the sadism than most, was merely retreading well worn paths.

So I came he
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second in Molay’s Nico Sirsky series is set in Paris and I have already added the third to my TBR pile.  Less frenetic in pace than the The 7th Woman, it was no less compelling.  More intricately (and interestingly) plotted with twists and turns galore I devoured this installment just as quickly as the first.  You know a book is good when it is late and you are already tired but contemplating pushing on for another hour or two just to find out what happened and weighing whether being ...more
Jay Williams
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sequel is every bit as powerful and intriguing as the first story. Nico and his entourage are like old friends, but the action and mystery is fresh and impacting. You not only get a great detective story, but you also receive a compelling glimpse of things you would never see in Paris. The clues are collected as the team solves a sequence of questions: was this a murder? Why? Who did it? How did the victim know? The answers are truly surprising and create a great story. I enjoy the level of ...more
Kathy Davie
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Second in the Paris Homicide mystery series and revolving around Nico Sirsky. Crossing the Line is set in Paris.

This ARC was provided by NetGalley and Le French Book in exchange for an honest review.

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NOTE: I don't know if show is not the style for French writers, but all the tell and very little show along with all the info dumps are what has dragged the star rating down. Otherwise, it is a good story. I just thought you should know that I am applying American expectations of show versus t
This is the second book of the author's Paris Homicide series featuring Chief Nico Sirsky. After the events of "The 7th Woman", Sirsky is a changed man. He's almost fully recovered from a gunshot wound & has a new appreciation for life. Of course, the fact he now has custody of his teenage son & is dating the beautiful Dr. Carolyn Dalry might have something to do with it.
He's seen a lot during his career with the Paris CID but even he isn't prepared for the strange case that comes their way as
Ted Lehmann
Sep 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Crossing the Line: Paris Homocide #2 by Frédérique Molay and Anne Trager (translator) (Le French Book, 2014, 280 pages, $27.33/$9.39) is a police procedural set in Paris, the second English translation of a series of novels featuring Chief Nico Sirsky of the elite Criminal Investigation Department of the Paris Police. The first novel by Molay to be translated into English, The Seventh Woman succeeded in creating the characters in two major settings, their police function of solving intractable c ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Frédérique Molay mystery fans
Recommended to Carolyn by: NetGalley
Crossing the Line: A Paris Homicide Mystery by Frédérique Molay I received a free kindle copy of Crossing the Line: A Paris Homicide Mystery by Frédérique Molay translated by Anne Trager, published by Le French Book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
I gave this second book of the series five stars because it kept me guessing & is a stand alone book.
Here is a quote from Chief Inspector Nico Sirsky as he took his morning therapeutic jog: "Nico smiled at the thought of Paris strutting
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed Crossing the Line. It’s an English translation of a French mystery published in 2011. The translator did a very good job. Everything flows nice and smoothly. It doesn’t read like a translation, but it still has the feel of a French book. The description of life in Paris is very authentic, and it makes you want to visit and experience the streets, shops, sights, and everyday events.

The story also flows very smoothly. It starts with a message found buried inside an intentionally badly fi
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I don't know many French authors of crime books, simply because not many of them are translated in English. So I was very excited when I found a gem like this one. Crossing the Line is actually second in the series and I figured that out by requesting the third one on Netgalley. After the third one, I came back for the previous books. I didn't find the first one, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the next book in the series.

The st
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loaded with suspense the plot immediately snares the readers attention. All the behind the scenes movement brilliantly brought to the readers fingertips allowing plausibility and authenticity to add impact to a wonderful narrative. We are privy to the minute workings of the French police with complete procedural details depicted in combination with the coroner’s office. Interesting to see how France operates compared to other novels set in different countries. The impeccable details, well develo ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, french-crime
I thoroughly enjoy this series and love the Parisian setting. The discovery of the murder is particularly intriguing in this book and the plot develops quickly. I am really grateful to publishers like that allows us to access more translated fiction. ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which I'm happy to provide. Crossing the Line is translated from the French perfectly; absolutely nothing is lost in the translation. The setting of Paris at Christmas time is beautifully done and well-depicted in English; there is absolutely no awkwardness or clunkiness about the text. The premise of the story is fascinating: a cadaver at a medical college is found with a message inserted in a tooth that precipitates ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own
Read my review of the first book in the Paris Homicide series, The 7th Woman, here:

I was pleasantly surprised by Frédérique Molay's second entry in her Paris Homicide series, Crossing the Line. Molay's writing flowed much more smoothly and was more assured, and the jarring word choices I noted in the first book were happily missing from this one. The mystery, launched when dental students discover a message hidden in the tooth of a cadaver, was riveting,
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A clue found in … the filling of a cadaver’s tooth stating, ‘I was murdered!’ sets Paris’ Chief of Police Nico Sirsky investigating probably the weirdest clues he – or you – have ever seen.

But one clue leads to another and soon Nico finds himself in the middle of multiple murders and one of the most desperate and saddest killers he has ever encountered.

Romance, bizarre murders, and the pathos of dying children – an incredible and fascinating mix of mystery and love all of us need and want and lo
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1 / 2 stars

Chief of Police Nico Sirsky is returning to work after taking a bullet to the leg. He was off work for three months. He is head of La Crim’ the elite Brigade Criminelle.

His team is taking part in a bust of some high end jewel thieves and everyone is a little nervous. A call comes in from the lab that something strange is going on so Nico heads down there. What they discover is a man who had a note embedded into one of his teeth. The note says “I was murdered.”

This book follows
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's Christmas in Paris. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky returns to work after recovering from a gunshot wound. He's in love and raring to go. His first day back has him overseeing a jewel heist sting and taking on an odd investigation. Dental students discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head. Is it a sick joke? Sirsky and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide to an apparent accident to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
(Fiction, Crime, Translated, Series)

In this, the second in the Paris Homicide series, Paris Chief of Police Nico Sirsky is on a bizarre case. Dental students have discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head, warning of murder.

The Paris setting was excellent, the suspenseful build-up was good, but the plot seemed to me to “cross the line” into the completely unbelievable. (Not the bit about the tooth; I bought that. The plot just went over the top at its climax.)

3½ stars
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing mystery by Molay

This was even better than the first book. I learned more about the main characters -- Nico and his detectives and family. The hook, the message in a molar of a head donated for medical research, drew me in and the ending was surprising. The science and medical facts gave this an air of reality. Bravo!
Joan Osborne
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. It had me to the end. I thought I had the ending figured out, but I hadn't. What a surprise. Was suspenseful. I also love the history of l.

Awesome. It had me captured from the beginning to the end. I thought I had it all figured out, but there was a surprise at the end which I hadn't even thought about. Seems as if there's always one thing you don't expect in her books. I also love the history that's scattered throughout the book. Makes it even more interesting. Look forward the next b
Woodie Jayne Ischer
I loved the first book - this one is no exception

I love not only the love of humanity displayed in this series but also the setting - The Paris of my youth!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent 2nd book! Great vacation read.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Still recovering from being shot three months ago, Chief Nico Sirsky returns to his offices at “La Crim”. Immersing himself back into work full time, Nico is happy about the direction both his personal and professional life have taken. Especially with the Christmas holidays just around the corner. While Nico and his team look forward to working together again, another
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first encounter with Molay's writing. Thanks to the intervention of a prescient librarian with taste, I had the opportunity to read this book recently, and I was caught up in it almost immediately. It helps that I haven't been to Paris in 30 years and was missing it terribly just before I read the book: it was like greeting an old friend, me reading it with my Streetwise Paris map and Michelin guide to the arrondisements.

Many reviewers have likened Nico to Arkady Renko of Gorky Park,
Vanessa Delamare
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I have to say that I preferred this book that I find better than the first one. And how is it better you may ask? I thought it was better mastered. The plot that I found a little too easy in The 7th Woman, is more complicated here. The story is more original. Admittedly, the message "I was killed" in the tooth of a severed head is pretty original, thank you!

I also appreciated that the mystery of Sirsky's ex-wife disappearance is elucidated. She disappeared at the end of The 7th Woman a
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
**Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove.**

3.5 Stars

Opening Lines

"Nico Sirsky breathed deeply, concentrating on his stride. His arms were bent at ninety degrees, and his eyes were focused straight ahead. The harsh cold bit his cheeks, but he kept a good pace, pain notwithstanding. He had been shot int he leg a few months earlier, and he was still recovering from the injury. The endorphins raced through his body. The effort felt good."

I just have to say that I really like the cover for Crossing
Ovidia Yu
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Crossing The Line by Fréderique Molay

I received a free e-copy from Le French Book and I'm very glad I did because I really enjoyed it.

I can see why Fréderique Molay has been called 'the French Michael Connelly' but her Nico Sirsky really reminded me more of James Patterson's Alex Cross and Barry Lancet's Jim Brodie. If you enjoy any of these three writers I think you will like the Paris Homicide books.

At the start of the book Christmas is coming and Nico Sirsky, Chief of the Criminal Investigat
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nico Sirsky is back and hits the ground running (literally and figuratively) after his protracted leave while recovering from a gunshot. A touch restless and ready to reclaim his position in the Chief’s office at the Parisian headquarters. Life is better now than it was in our first encounter, his relationship with his ex-wife is settled, and his teenaged son is now living with him full-time, giving him a sense of family and connection to the boy that he worried was damaged irreparably during th ...more
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Writing has always been a passion for Frédérique Molay, author of the international bestseller The 7th Woman. She graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration. She worked as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire. Meanwhile, she spent her nights pur ...more

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