The Paris Homicide Series by Frédérique Molay

 

Paris Homicide

I love the gritty psychologically driven Scandinavian crime novels and they led me to reach out for a broader view of European Crime.  Let me tell you, it isn’t all gritty, but that doesn’t mean you have Ms. Marple in the library sipping tea either.

Paris, oohhh, Paris, with the tragic history and all of those romantic spots…Just like any modern city, there are murders there too, fictional and otherwise. In comes, Frédérique Molay, and her creation, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky.

The three part (so far) Paris Homicide series has opened my eyes not only to real-life Paris, but to the interesting way that La Crim’ investigates murder. I say interesting, because the mechanisms and procedures are different from what we are used to here and that adds to the intrigue of the plots for non-native readers.

The plots kept me reading as well. The 7th Woman features a killer of women, Crossing the Line starts with a freaky message secreted away in an odd body part, and City of Blood plays havoc with modern art at the site of a former massive slaughter-house with is now Parc de La Villtte, a world-class cultural center.

Nico Sirsky is different in that he isn’t really some tragically flawed alcoholic with decades of self-imposed wreckage behind him. He has a past just like we all do, the same with sad events, but it doesn’t define him like many fictional crime fighters. He is a good compassionate guy, who is very good at his job, with a teenage son, and a relationship in bloom. He’s multi-dimensional not for his bad habits, but because one can relate to him.  He’s a shift from the norm and really a breath of fresh air because of that.

So, if you want to see more of Paris and how they fight crime, not be afraid of turning the lights out at night, and yet still want some murder in your reading….check out Frédérique Molay, and her work, The Paris Homicide Series.

Check out the review at The Bowed Bookshelf

Sort of Like Gwen's Signature


The Devil’s Star: A Novel by Jo Nesbo

The Devil's Star: A Novel

The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever experienced a book with more twists and turns than The Devil’s Star. Every time I thought that I had it all figured out, I was thrown for a loop and clambering for more.

How is that for a rousing start to a review?

Harry Hole is an Oslo detective that is circling the drain. Alcoholism, a failed relationship, his partner murdered and just coming off a jag of trying to punish her killer, a dirty cop, Hole is that man that no one wants to be. Burned out? You bet. Still in the fight? Barely.

Hole is thrown into a serial murderer case by happenstance; he was the only one available when the first murder came to light. The murders all seem to be missing a finger and have diamonds left on their bodies in the shape of a star, the titular devil’s star.

While trying to stay out of the bottle, Hole has to keep his head up and his job long enough to find the killer. Not an easy job when at one point, the whole world seems to be looking for him, many of those people bad cops wanting to silence him.

My one gripe with this book, who in the heck names their great character Harry Hole? I know that it shouldn’t bother me, but the name does. It is like the poor guy never had a chance.

Jo Nesbo has sold more than one and a half million copies of his novels in his native Norway and I can see why. I want more of Nesbo and his unfortunately named detective. This just one book in the series with Hole, excuse me while I go order the others………

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