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The Awkward Squad

(Awkward Squad / Anne Capestan #1)

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases.

Though relived to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new
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Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by MacLehose Press (first published April 8th 2015)
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Diane S ☔
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 France's equivalent of a sort, to Copenhagens Department Q. Suspended for six months Anne Capestan, finds out on her return, that though she gets to keep her job on the Force, she is now the leader of a rag tag unit. All those unable to be fired, but considered problems by their divisions have been shuffled off, the new unit considered an officers graveyard. Given unsolved cold cases that are not expected to amount to anything, they are surprised to find that may not be the case.

I wasn't sur
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Paromjit
This is a wonderful offbeat translated French crime novel located in Paris. In 2012 Commissaire Anne Capestan is awaiting her fate, wondering if she will still have a job after her latest fatal shooting incident. Her boss, Buron, tells her she is cleared but she is to have a new role as the head of about 4o officers, all of whom are a rag tag bunch of failures, misfits and troublemakers, that they are unable to sack. The job of the awkward squad is to look into cold cases and try to solve them. ...more
Sandy
3.5 stars

A crime writer, a drunk, a gambler, a rat & a s**t magnet….these are just a few of the police officers Commissaire Anne Capestan inherits when she is “promoted” to lead the newly formed cold case unit of the Police Judiciaire of Paris. But then she’s in no position to judge. She got the new assignment due to her tendency to shoot people.
 
Anne’s boss is cleaning house & that means getting rid of all unsolved cases right along with officers who have been deemed “undesirables”. The
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Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much to Quercus USA for providing my free copy of THE AWKWARD SQUAD by Sophie Henaff - all opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this French crime novel! It’s such a fun and compelling read! Commissaire Anne Capestan is involved in a fatal shooting incident that leads to her suspension. Her boss calls her back to headquarters where she expects to hear bad news but instead is asked to lead a squad solving cold cases, heading a group of misfit officers called the “Awkward Squad”. She a
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Maryam
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, mystery, thriller
Actual rating is 3.5. It was a good book. Bunch of police outcast are being put into a new squad located in a remote building.
In searching for an interesting file they come across two unsolved murder cases and start working on them, oblivious to the fact that someone out there still likes these cases to remain unsolved.
Betty
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The location of the story is in France and it interrupts the flow of the narrative. The French names are difficult to understand.
Anne Capestan expected to be fire from the Police and She was surprised to put to head a new squad. This squad is made up of all the misfits of the Police that CAN NOT BE FIRED. The Squad's headquarters is in a run-down building and given old equipment with which to work. The cases all the department's COLD CASES. Surprisingly the members mashed together. Sorting throu
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Martha Bullen
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut mystery novel about an eccentric squad of misfits and their captain, Anne Capestan, who has been suspended after shooting a suspect. Each of them are Parisian police officers who are have run afoul of their superiors. Anne's mentor describes them "as the drunkards, the thugs, the depressives, the layabouts, and everyone in between — the people hamstringing the force but who can't be fired."

These castoffs been collected into one squad, offered a ramshackle apartmen
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Roy
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Something didnt work for me. The writing was clean and the story was humorous but serious. I just found that it took forever to get going and by the time it did it was over without much of an impact. The translation was great. Sometimes when I read translated novels the story just doesn't flow but it seemed to be ok here.
Billie
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the problems with books in translation is that I can never be sure if it's the actual book itself that doesn't quite work for me, or if there's something off about the translation. I liked the characters well enough, but something just never quite gelled for me with the book as a whole.
Viktoria
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyable light summer reading.
Kara-karina
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a refreshing find! A French police procedural with snappy characters, multilayered narration and certain "je ne sais quoi"... *grins*



It's got elements of comedy and tragedy, but they are so intermixed that it's a fairly light, cosy mystery type of read.



The commissaire Anne Capestan fully expects to get fired after a six-month leave due to excessive use of force when she basically shot a criminal who kidnapped two kids point blank. She knows she has rage issues and she also knows she burne
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Critterbee❇
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, sbtb2017, f
This was a great read, an interesting mystery, with characters both funny and admirable.

The book is set mainly in France, and opens with Commissaire Capestan being assigned to take charge of a new, isolated police team of misfits and troublesome officers. The creation of the squad is meant to place the officers somewhere out of the way, powerless but still employed by the police department. Then loads of cold cases are shunted their way. Along with the hopeless cases comes the blame of having s
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Beth
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann Capestan, a commissaire in the Paris police, learns that she will be heading up a unit of misfit cops (herself included), after she uses deadly force one too many times. The group includes officers who have drinking or gambling problems, a cop whose partners all end up getting injured or killed, a former internal affairs officer who stepped on the wrong toes, and a flamboyant female officer (along with her pampered dog) who became rich writing stories about her experiences that were turned i ...more
Cathy Cole
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Sophie Hénaff starts with a premise that a lot of businesses probably wish they could do: round up all the losers they can't fire and put them someplace where they can be overlooked and forgotten. What I love is the fact that the author then turns this on its head-- what if these police officers aren't the wastes of space everyone believes them to be?

French police hierarchy has rounded up this group of embarrassments, put them in a rundown building with little or no equipment or supplies
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Idris
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. The premise was good. The mystwry wasn't groundbreaking, but this remind me of a British crime dramedy I love, so all is forgiven.

My primary issues are the translation and the the mixing of French and English throughout the book. The translation was more than competent, but some of the turns of phrase were quite unnatural in English. I was also baffled by the French police terminology. I didn't realize there was a glossary until the end. That isn't very practical for ebook re
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Elaine Tomasso
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and MacLehose Press for an advance copy of The Awkward Squad, a Parisian police procedural.

Commissaire Anne Capestan has been suspended from duty for six months, pending an investigation into her shooting of an unarmed suspect. She is facing dismissal but to her surprise she is re-instated and put in charge of a new cold case department which will be the dumping ground for all officers they would like to but can't sack (think Mick Herron's Slow Horses). This ragt
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E
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to E by: Jenn
This was so fun! I enjoyed the characters, all of them learning about one another. Capestan and Torrez particularly were delightful. I'm looking forward to the second book of their cold-case solving squad.
Amanda
After a 6-month suspension from her role as an up-and-coming police officer after having fired "one bullet too many", Anne Capestan is relieved to discover she still has a job to return to. She's a little suspicious, however, when she's told she's being promoted to Commissaire, and will be running her own squad - and with good reason. The squad will be a dumping-ground for every misfit, loser cop the force can't fire, and every cold case ruining the stats for the high profile teams.

Initially dis
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Terri
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, the development of the story. The plot is not a usual one for a murder, the cast is a set of screw-ups. No, they don't all change and become the stand out detectives of the city, but they solve two murders that are considered to be closed/cold cases. I did have a bit of trouble keeping some of them sorted but that is due to their names..I'm just not used to reading about French detectives. This book was published in 2015 and I sincerely hope th ...more
Lost Book Thoughts
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sherrie
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought the story had a good angle and interesting characters, but I never felt that it was developed enough to immerse me in the story. Maybe it was because of the translation issue, but it could have been a fun grabbing plot. In stead I felt like I just floated along until the conclusion, never really getting a feel for the characters.
Marlene
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked up The Awkward Squad because the description sounded an awful lot like one of my favorite British TV series, New Tricks.

It turns out that it sounds a lot like it because it is a lot like it, and that’s a good thing. There are certainly differences, and the cases they actually end up solving are nothing alike, but the premise is the same, at least in the important bits.

The Awkward Squad is the last hope for a group of police officers in Paris who ha
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Luana
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, lgbtq
Link at bottom of review to excerpt of 1st chapter from an excellent crime novels review site.

Personally 3.5 rather than the 4 as this was more of a police procedural and investigative read than the chaotic action style story that I was prepped for on reading the synopsis - my tastes tend to run more towards action. It was still absolutely well done and enjoyable - the leads unearthed and put together to resolve the two main cold cases were done in a very convincing fashion. And the motives and
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Sahara Foley
In this debut novel by Henaff, all the misfits and unwanted police officers are thrown into one squad; The Awkward Squad. And the leader is Anne Capestan who has anger management issues of her own. Their job is to solve all the old Cold Case files. Out of the boxes of robberies, drug dealers, and other unsolved cases, two murder files come to light. After years of being unsolved, how will they find the murderers and give the victims justice?

I haven’t read a crime/thriller for a while, and I’m gl
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Jessica
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Capestan has been suspended from her police duties for firing one too many bullets at the bad guys in her cases. Now that her suspension is wrapping up, she has been called to HQ to learn what will happen to her career. Expecting the worst, she is surprised to learn that she has been put in charge of a new police squad to work on cold cases. As the details unravel it becomes clear that this new squad is a haven for those who the Paris police force are trying to stash away in a corner. Much ...more
Joyce
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

This is a delightful book.

Meet Anne Capestan, a commisaire in a French police force who has “fired one bullet too many.” She goes in to the office fully expecting to be fired but instead is given the task of heading up a new squad. This squad is given the job of reviewing and solving cold cases.

On the first day of work, only three of her 40-some officers show up. Later the number goes up to ten out of forty total officers. There is Gomez who is like the plague. No one wants to be in the
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Joyce
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Kindle edition.

4 stars

This is a delightful book.

Meet Anne Capestan, a commisaire in a French police force who has “fired one bullet too many.” She goes in to the office fully expecting to be fired but instead is given the task of heading up a new squad. This squad is given the job of reviewing and solving cold cases.

On the first day of work, only three of her 40-some officers show up. Later the number goes up to ten out of forty total officers. There is Gomez who is like the plague.
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Vaishnavi _ Books
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just back with an awesome review " the akward squad "
@sophiehenaff
And thank you so much @quercus_usa .
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This is an awesome book ..
I loved this book alot...
And similar to CID show..
I mean it was crime movie...
I imagined the book and scenes in my dream everyday...
But it was a bit late to upload my response towards book.... But I loved all characters and the story was interesting too.... Anne capestan is awesome officer.... She is single and with sudden suspension and quickly handled her another sq
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Jessica Bronder
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Commissaire Anne Capestan is expecting to be fired when she is called in to headquarters. Instead she learns that she in now in charge of a group of misfits. This is a group that no one wants to work with and they can’t be fired. It’s now up to Anne to get the group together despite all of their perks and flaws. They are now responsible for cold cases. So, Anne divides up the few people that actually show up to work and have them investigating the murder of an old woman seven years prior and the ...more
Doreen
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful. It's a bit as if Mick Herron's superlative Slow Horses were instead a group of washout French cops, though with a far less bleak outlook on life. Commissaire Anne Capestan is in charge. She's a highly competent, seemingly level-headed professional who has, unfortunately, a tendency to go homicidal when faced with criminal cruelty. Returning from a six-month suspension, she's gifted with leadership of a squad of misfits and trouble-makers that the police force can't fire but would rat ...more
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