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Straightforward historical crime fiction,
This review is from: Murder on the Eiffel Tower: The Victor Legris Mysteries 1: A Victor Legris Mystery (Paperback)
The French sisterly duo comprising Claude Izner wrote the whimsical Murder on the Eiffel Tower. Set in 19th century Paris at the time of the Exhibition and the installation of the eponymous tower, this breezy book deals excellently with the history of the period. The murders that occur are not as fascinating. The main protagonist, Victor Legris, is a bookseller who lives with the (Japanese) man who brought him up. Victor is puzzled by the deaths of several people in the lead up to the grand opening of the Eiffel Tower (and indeed on it), supposedly attributed to bee-stings. From then on, it's pretty much straightforward. In the original French, the book was a bestseller, but in translation, it is fairly pedestrian, reading almost as a parody (for another weak series, check out Gilbert Adair's Agatha Christie tributes).