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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (3 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007544
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Praise for "The Assassin in the Marais: ""A sturdy marriage of frothy style and abundant period detail, from obligatory tidbits about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge to surprising sidelights on little-known but interesting people and ..."-- "Kirkus Reviews""" "A pleasing story with well-executed characters, "The Assassin in the Marais" also provides a splendid tour of the Paris of another era." -- "Richmond Times Dispatch" Praise for the Victor Legris Mysteries

"Izner combines a sparkling puzzle (reminiscent of one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels) with complex characters and appealing descriptions of Paris, and "Murder on the Eiffel Tower" is a well-executed beginning to a series with great potential." --"The Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"An extremely satisfying traditional mystery with lots of suspects and panache. Izner writes in a witty, breezy style. . . . The plot is terrific. . . ." --"Providence Journal-Bulletin"

"The taut pacing and vivid period detail will have readers eagerly turning the pages." --"Publishers Weekly"

"[T]he energetic curiosity of the hero dovetails nicely with the readers' interest in a fascinating era. The colorful supporting cast lays a solid foundation for Victor's further exploits." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"[A] fin de siecle delight . . . [a] first-rate escapist pleasure . . . charming, witty, and beautifully evocative." --"Bookgeeks"

"Reading Izner is like taking a ride into the Belle Epoque in a time machine. A wonderfully breathtaking ride." --Boris Akunin, author of "The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, " and "Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog"

"I read this charming, evocative, and suspenseful book with the mounting excitement I always get when I realize I've found a new series--I can't wait for the next Victor Legris book. What a pleasure it is to visit Paris with such an expert tour guide!" --Charles Finch, author of "A""Beautiful Blue Death" and "The September Society"

A sturdy marriage of frothy style and abundant period detail, from obligatory tidbits about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge to surprising sidelights on little-known but interesting people and ... "Kirkus Reviews"

A pleasing story with well-executed characters, "The Assassin in the Marais" also provides a splendid tour of the Paris of another era. "Richmond Times Dispatch"

Izner combines a sparkling puzzle (reminiscent of one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels) with complex characters and appealing descriptions of Paris, and "Murder on the Eiffel Tower" is a well-executed beginning to a series with great potential. "The Richmond Times-Dispatch"

An extremely satisfying traditional mystery with lots of suspects and panache. Izner writes in a witty, breezy style. . . . The plot is terrific. . . . "Providence Journal-Bulletin"

The taut pacing and vivid period detail will have readers eagerly turning the pages. "Publishers Weekly"

[T]he energetic curiosity of the hero dovetails nicely with the readers' interest in a fascinating era. The colorful supporting cast lays a solid foundation for Victor's further exploits. "Kirkus Reviews"

[A] fin de siecle delight . . . [a] first-rate escapist pleasure . . . charming, witty, and beautifully evocative. "Bookgeeks"

Reading Izner is like taking a ride into the Belle Epoque in a time machine. A wonderfully breathtaking ride. "Boris Akunin, author of The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog"

I read this charming, evocative, and suspenseful book with the mounting excitement I always get when I realize I've found a new series--I can't wait for the next Victor Legris book. What a pleasure it is to visit Paris with such an expert tour guide! "Charles Finch, author of A Beautiful Blue Death and The September Society""

A sturdy marriage of frothy style and abundant period detail, from obligatory tidbits about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge to surprising sidelights on little-known but interesting people and ... Kirkus Reviews

A pleasing story with well-executed characters, The Assassin in the Marais also provides a splendid tour of the Paris of another era. Richmond Times Dispatch

Izner combines a sparkling puzzle (reminiscent of one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels) with complex characters and appealing descriptions of Paris, and Murder on the Eiffel Tower is a well-executed beginning to a series with great potential. The Richmond Times-Dispatch

An extremely satisfying traditional mystery with lots of suspects and panache. Izner writes in a witty, breezy style. . . . The plot is terrific. . . . Providence Journal-Bulletin

The taut pacing and vivid period detail will have readers eagerly turning the pages. Publishers Weekly

[T]he energetic curiosity of the hero dovetails nicely with the readers' interest in a fascinating era. The colorful supporting cast lays a solid foundation for Victor's further exploits. Kirkus Reviews

[A] fin de siecle delight . . . [a] first-rate escapist pleasure . . . charming, witty, and beautifully evocative. Bookgeeks

Reading Izner is like taking a ride into the Belle Epoque in a time machine. A wonderfully breathtaking ride. Boris Akunin, author of The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog

I read this charming, evocative, and suspenseful book with the mounting excitement I always get when I realize I've found a new series--I can't wait for the next Victor Legris book. What a pleasure it is to visit Paris with such an expert tour guide! Charles Finch, author of A Beautiful Blue Death and The September Society

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"A sturdy marriage of frothy style and abundant period detail, from obligatory tidbits about Toulouse-Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge to surprising sidelights on little-known but interesting people and ..." --Kirkus Reviews

"A pleasing story with well-executed characters, The Assassin in the Marais also provides a splendid tour of the Paris of another era." --Richmond Times Dispatch

"Izner combines a sparkling puzzle (reminiscent of one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels) with complex characters and appealing descriptions of Paris, and Murder on the Eiffel Tower is a well-executed beginning to a series with great potential." --The Richmond Times-Dispatch

"An extremely satisfying traditional mystery with lots of suspects and panache. Izner writes in a witty, breezy style. . . . The plot is terrific. . . ." --Providence Journal-Bulletin

"The taut pacing and vivid period detail will have readers eagerly turning the pages." --Publishers Weekly

"[T]he energetic curiosity of the hero dovetails nicely with the readers' interest in a fascinating era. The colorful supporting cast lays a solid foundation for Victor's further exploits." --Kirkus Reviews

"[A] fin de siecle delight . . . [a] first-rate escapist pleasure . . . charming, witty, and beautifully evocative." --Bookgeeks

"Reading Izner is like taking a ride into the Belle Epoque in a time machine. A wonderfully breathtaking ride." --Boris Akunin, author of The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog

"I read this charming, evocative, and suspenseful book with the mounting excitement I always get when I realize I've found a new series--I can't wait for the next Victor Legris book. What a pleasure it is to visit Paris with such an expert tour guide!" --Charles Finch, author of A Beautiful Blue Death and The September Society

About the Author

CLAUDE IZNER is the pseudonym of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre. Both are second-hand booksellers on the banks of the Seine and experts on nineteenth century Paris.

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I read an enormous number of books and cannot recall when I last read, or attempted to read, such a badly written novel. No characterization, no plots, no dialogue.
It may be the fault of the translation but - no it isn' t.

It is just a list of names and places loosely connected. I think there will rapidly be a pile of these on the second hand book stalls of the authors. Yes its a pseudonym and I am not surprised.
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Excellent plots in 'Claude Izner's' books. A really good read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this series 14 Mar. 2013
By Lanier Cordell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Francophile history buff's dream of a mystery series. Great fun, well written, entertaining with very likeable characters. What more could you ask for.?
5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin in the Marais 26 Aug. 2014
By Pamela Litchford - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these books; the history woven in is fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victor Legris' best yet! 22 Dec. 2011
By coolgamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the Victor Legris mysteries. They are well-written, historically geared murder mysteries taking place in seventeenth century Paris, and they are all very good! However, The Assassin at the Marais was the best one so far!! It is the most intriguing and mysterious one thus far.

The story begins with Kenji Mori's apartment getting burgled. Kenji is a bookseller who works with Victor, and their assistant, Joseph. Victor finds the robbery strange, as all that was taken was a useless goblet of no apparent value. Unable to resist the temptation of a new mystery, Victor goes all over Paris searching for the goblet and trying to figure out why anyone would take it. As he attempts to find the burglar, the murders continue to pile up, and so do the suspects! All we know is that a mysterious person who is referred to as an "emissary" is also trying to find the goblet. The mystery takes several surprising turns and will keep you guessing until the end!

This was definitely the best VL mystery yet, not only because of the large number of murders and mysteriousness of the goblet and its' worth, but also because of the character development. We learn more and more about each person as the series develops. In this one Joseph has a new love, and so does Kenji. Meanwhile Victor and Tasha's relationship is tested as he searches for the goblet. If you haven't read the others, read those first because then it all makes more sense. This one will keep you guessing about the mysterious goblet and you'll never guess whodunit!
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable historical whodunit 27 Sept. 2011
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1892 anarchists terrorize Parisians with their bombs exploding in public places. However, though the bombings are frightening, someone breaks into the apartment of bookseller Kenji Mori. The only items stolen were two books and an oddity valueless monkey's skull goblet.

Kenji's business partner Victor Legris finds the case odd as there were more valuable items worth stealing in the apartment. Deciding to investigate who and why, curious Victor quickly learns that someone murdered two people who recently tried to contact Kenji to discuss the purloined goblet. The amateur sleuth knows there has to be more to the story of the goblet, but still remains in the dark as he tracks the additional body count linked to the "traveling" goblet.

Although the murder mystery subplot never quite solidifies, readers will enjoy the goblet run tour of Paris as Legris seems one pas behind the traveling cup while at the same time the city rocks from late nineteenth century terrorism. Fast-paced, fans and Legris will want to know why the theft as team Izner provides an enjoyable historical whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star because you can't give it none... 17 Aug. 2012
By Pequegnat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One Star because you can't give it none... Unreadable at best, a disjointed vomits of words at worst, I can only guess that this is a translation from French and lost in translation.
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