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Sur la dalle: Thriller (Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, 12)

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If not laugh-out-loud funny at times, there is a great deal of humor interlaced with the serious business of finding a killer and bringing the culprit to justice. Admirers of quirky, atmospheric whodunits will revel in Vargas's creative second mystery featuring Chief Insp. En revanche, Vargas sort de sa zone de confort en nous proposant tout d'abord un meurtre si vite dans le récit qu'il faudra un retour en arrière pour le mettre en contexte (rappelons qu'elle posa ses deux bottes sur la table jadis en proposant comme base d'un mystère policier, un dur, un vrai, un tatoué, la présence d'un arbre de trop dans un jardin).

The ghost of an eighteenth century nun who slaughtered her victims, desecrated corpses of virgins, magic potions that ensure eternal life . Je regrette beaucoup qu'il n'y ait pas autant d'introspection de la part d'Adamsberg et de détails personnels comme on en a l'habitude. I think this novel was kinda fun, a mystery road-trip undertaken by oddball characters following a map of murder! It’s great when the detective is such a genius I don’t waste any mental energy in pretending I have any idea whodunnit. It’s entirely possible that this gag was HILARIOUS in the original French, but in English it’s just…puzzling.In this frightening and surprising novel, the eccentric, wayward genius of Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against the deep-rooted mysteries of one Alpine village’s history and a very present problem: wolves.

But those two stories (good ideas if it was apart) doesn't match and it's just stuck between each other. Born just after Japan transitioned from the Shogunate to Meiji, Kidō grew up in a samurai-oriented world being transformed by the West in many ways.We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed.

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