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Not the first one,
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This review is from: Have Mercy On Us All (Commissaire Adamsberg) (Paperback)This is not the first book to feature Adamsberg, something I only found out after reading it. (Apparently Chalk Circle Man is #1, followed by Seeking Whom He May Devour, with this one being #3)
I did feel a little as though I had been thrown in at the deep end, expected to already know things about the characters, but actually I didn't find it off putting and if this IS the first one you read, I think you will be entertained. I really liked the peripheral characters from the Square as much, if not more, than the cops. As others have said, very quirky & not your run-of-the-mill types.
I know nothing of the book in French, so am not qualified to comment on the translation. All I can say is that I really enjoyed it, hardly put it down till I finished it (in under 24 hours) and have since ordered all her others.