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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of Adamsburg and Vargas, 19 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Chalk Circle Man (Hardcover)
First Sentence: Mathilde took out her diary and wrote: "The man sitting next to me has got one hell of a nerve."

Someone is drawing chalk circles on the streets of Paris. Initially, each surrounds such mundane items such as an old handbag, a cotton bud, a one-franc coin, a torch battery, or a screwdriver. Things change the night the circle contains the body of a woman whose throat has been slashed.

I am so glad to have found this series, although I started at the most recent book and am now starting at the first and reading forward. The book has a wonderful voice; you can hear the cadence of French in the dialogue.

The characters are fascinating. Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is a fascinating character and the fact that I can't form a mental picture of him is more fascinating than frustrating. I liked the unexpected connection between math and Adamsburg, which made perfect sense once I thought about it. I enjoyed his observations, realizations and introspections about himself and his idea of a universal uniform. Once he explained his logic for identifying the killer, it made perfect sense as all the clues were there. Adamsberg follows no discernable procedure but seems to `know' things is balanced wonderfully by Insp. Adrien Danglard who believes in the procedure, is raising five children on his own, indulges in too much white wine and discusses his cases with his children. In this book, there is also Mathelde, who brusqueness I enjoyed, as well as the way she sections her week and her various tables, particularly her Cosmic table.

The book's plot is cleverly done with a twist at the end which explains the killer's motive. I am very glad I read other books by this author before this one or I may not have liked it as well. However, once accustomed to her style, I find I am addicted.

THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN (Pol. Proc-Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg-Paris-Cont) - VG
Vargas, Fred - 1st in series
Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2009, US Hardcover, ISBN: 9780307396877
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