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"One should be sparing with one's contempt, because of the large number of those in need of it.",
This review is from: The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg) (Paperback)
Another female writer hiding behind a man's name, Fred Vargas is otherwise unconventional having a light touch, rather like a Kate Atkinson, but with the cool of French ambience, a Gauloise hanging from the corner of her mouth. You can almost taste the Seine in every superbly translated word (the honours go to Sian Reynolds).
This is the first of the Adamsberg books, a master detective with a charming way of intuiting all the important elements of any case and getting everything right - how annoying for the flic who only has logic and deduction to go by! Much of it might not bear too much examination - elaborate plots, the terrible faux pas' of the initial suspect, the long alleyway of a delightful cul-de-sac, the wonderful insouciance of a puzzle-lover. Instinctively, you will love or hate the cavalier way Vargas develops her rationale - she floats on air, she dances before you entrancingly in much the same way that Adamsberg's petite cherie swirls away in the smoky night air.
It's right up my street and Fred Vargas is a true original.