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This review is from: Night-Scented (Paperback)
The events of 'Night-Scented' occur some months after the events of 'Wasp-Waisted'. Franck Guerin is still working for the Brigade Criminelle in Paris during his suspension from the DST. Out of the blue Guerin receives a call from one of the characters from 'Wasp-Waisted' - she has discovered a 'murdered guy in the corner of the room who stinks of chlorine' and once again Guerin is dragged into investigating a series of murders connected to the Parisian fashion houses. Once again Paris features as a major character, with the beauty and elegance of its streets and architecture juxtaposed with the world of the homeless and dispossessed who inhabit its streets and parks and sleep precariously perched between the girders of the Alexandre III bridge . The plot is well placed and, crucially for later books, we learn a little more about the Corsican Incident, the reason for Guerin's suspension, and its ramifications but not too much .
I enjoyed 'Wasp-Waisted', Barrie's debut novel which introduced us to Guerin but ,as I suspect that writing a second novel in a series is extremely difficult, I approached 'Night-Scented' with some caution and am pleased to report that Barrie has produced a fantastic follow up to his debut. I am very much looking forward to meeting Franck Guerin in his next outing.