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Murder in Montparnasse

(Mike Ward #1)

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Michael Ward is a journalist newly arrived to the Left Bank. When he falls in with Jason Waddington, an expatriate American writer who introduces him to the cafe scene and his crowd of writers and artists, Ward soon discovers that Jack de Paris is not the only trouble afoot in the City of Light. Rumor has it that Waddington has written a damaging roman a clef about his fri ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 1992)
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Oct 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I discovered this book through a Google search looking for mysteries set in Paris. The book opens with a "message from the editor" who says this manuscript was among the boxes his grandfather wanted salvaged before moving into the nursing home. Silly me! I took this literally instead of "literary."

So I read this "mystery" as if it were a discovered first time novel. I didn't realize that Engel is well thought of in his native Canada and has published many books. His other books may be great but
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This too is another book on the so-called Lost Generation of 1920's Paris. However, in this case, it is fiction. And although the title leads you to believe that it is a murder mystery, murder is only a small part of the book. It is actually about a reporter who falls in with many of the famous British and Americans who lived in Paris at that time.

Interestingly, the other main character are given fictitious names although the author tells you in the introduction who the people really are. The ot
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This novel follows a group of friends in Paris in the 1920s with many of the characters based on literary figures. I have to admit that this book might not be to everyone's taste because it took quite a while to get to the murder because the author focused so much early on the characters, their personalities, and how they interacted. Then once we finally did get the murder at certain points it seemed to take a back seat to the other drama that was going on--whether a scandalous novel would be pu ...more
Patricia Locati
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was difficult to follow at times. The story started out really intense, but it didn't maintain the same intensity throughout. There were times, however, that the intensity came back ... but only in snippets. This book took place in France and there was quite a bit of the French language used throughout the book ... I found that having the French language inserted in this way ... it just didn't add any value to the book ... it actually detracted because I wasn't able t ...more
Carolyn Rose
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Mystery takes a back seat to setting (Paris, 1925) and character (the literary community living in Paris at the time - Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and others). Having picked up the book because of the jacket description of a Jack-the-Ripper killer stalking Paris, I was disappointed because the mystery of those killings wasn't as well developed as I hoped. Had I read it just for setting and character, I would have been a happier reader. ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't much of a mystery. Mostly Hemingway and all of his friends drinking tremendous amounts while a serial rapist occasionally murders an artists model. When one of their circle is murdered, the hero, a reporter from Toronto believes that someone has murdered her to match the other murders currently occurring in the Quarter. Set in 1925 Paris. The book does offer a possible solution (although weak, I thought) to what happened to Hem's lost suitcase. ...more
K.B. Hallman
This is less a mystery and more a ripping good story that contains a so-so mystery. Some famous ex-patriots have been renamed, but the "editor" tells you who these people are right at the beginning. The characters are fascinating. The dialogue is pithy. The pacing is excellent. The drawing-room-type solution to the mystery is not a al Christie. ...more
Nancy H
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was okay, but I think I have gotten tired of the 'Hemingway-in-Paris'-type of plots. This one does not identify the main character as Hemingway, but it is that kind of plot, and I have read too many of those recently to enjoy this one a great deal. ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Lots of 1920s Paris atmosphere and lots of real-life Hemingway friends and acquaintacnes make appearances as fictional characters. Not much of a mystery.
Avary Doubleday
Lost generation in Paris. Hemingway with another name is a main character. Was the style an attempt to copy Hemingway's style -- maybe another "Moveable Feast" with the addition of a murder mystery? ...more
Brice Fuqua
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Murder in Montparnasse is a historical murder mystery set in 1920s Paris. A femme fatale is stabbed to death in a dark alley. At first, the police believe she is a victim of a serial killer. However, it soon becomes clear that the victim was a drug addict who had been blackmailing everyone she knew for drug money.
As a mystery, Murder in Montparnasse is slow moving and dialog heavy. There are many scenes where drunken Lost Generation characters (some real, some fictional) trade witty dialog with
Liliana Costa
Li em português e não em inglês.
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Jun 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Loosely based on characters in "The Sun Also Rises" by Hemingway. Murders are occurring in 1925 Paris while the above characters hold their literary get-togethers and discuss each others' lives, etc. Tried to read it but gave up. Too much literary content and not enough mystery for me. ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A hidden gem!
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the glamourous setting of 1920's Paris and the introduction of Mike Ward. Can't wait for the next one! ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I reall wanted this to be more of a murder mystery & a book which I couldn't put down. Sadly, it was neither. ...more
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Howard Engel was a pioneering, award-winning Canadian mystery and non-fiction author. He is famous for his Benny Cooperman private-eye series, set in the Niagara Region of Ontario.

He and Eric Wright are two of the authors responsible for founding Crime Writers Of Canada. He had twins Charlotte and William with authoress, Marian Engel. He has a son, Jacob, with his late wife, authoress Janet Hamilt

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