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This review is from: Death in Bordeaux (Paperback)
I have just finished reading this and found it difficult to get into and then difficult to put down. I wasn't expecting a whodunit, but there were elements of that in this book about Bordeaux and France in 1940, and the collapse of France. Sometimes I though Massie was writing as a writer of that time, the style was quite old fashioned ( I read Spies of the Balkans before this and Furst was wring about Greece in 1942 but the style is completely different, 2 different writers I know but the compare and contrast was strong)
Some characters are a little sterotypical but Massie is strong on disgust for petty tyrants and malicious gossip, a rather constant theme in novels about France through the ages.
I know Bordeaux quite well but did not find this a particularly good evocation, but Landes the main character is well drawn and several plot lines have been set up for the next 2 books in the trilogy, which I look forward to reading.