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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Story, 9 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Ghost Riders of Ordebec: A Commissaire Adamsberg novel (Hardcover)
I think I should first point out that if you read this book and think the Furious Army mentioned here sounds slightly familiar, it is a legend that is told in many countries in Europe, especially in Northern Europe. I think there are at least three or four such legends in this country alone, with probably the one in Devon being the most famous.

If you have never read a Commissaire Adamsberg book before then you should be warned that they are quirky to say the least. Indeed the stories are full of humour and quirkiness, as well as providing good mysteries. At the start of this book you can see how Adamsberg's brain works, as he investigates a supposed death by heart attack.

For Adamsberg and his eccentric team nothing is ever straight forward. Whilst the Commissaire rescues a pigeon in distress a woman from Normandy has come to see him with regards to the Furious Army riding once again through Ordebec. Adamsberg needs Danglard just to find out what an earth this army is, and seems surprised that everyone else seems to already know this piece of folklore. And so whilst Adamsberg is given an important case of arson and murder to solve in Paris, he also manages to get the case in Ordebec, where a murder has been committed.

Taking in an old legend, superstition, devious murders, and secrets that have been hidden for years once again we are treated to another great story from Fred Vargas, with a new host of other oddball characters. If you think you may want to try one of these books please be aware that to a certain degree they are mad, in the way that only the French seem capable of doing. If you are looking for something that is action packed and more of a thriller, then this isn't for you; but if you are looking for something quirky, with some great humour and full of eccentrics then this may be just up your street.
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