would you know anything of a particular Parisian mystery, a story that took place at the very moment of the EIffel Tower construction?
Actually I refer to a novel I started last night, situated at this period, summer 1889 in Paris, whose title is “the Mystery of the street Saint-Pères”. It is the time of the World Fair, and the Eiffel Tower has been just built. For the time being, artists, journalists, middle-aged ladies with children want to see the view and get close to this new monument. But all of a sudden, a woman dies, apparently after being stung by a bee.
Or so it seems. Because another person, a man, without anything in common with this bourgeois lady, has the same luck at another part of the city. Victor Legris runs a bookshop in Paris, is there. And he probably is the detective. Or the murderer? (I actually have just finished the first chapter).
Winter night, cold outside, and I decided to read some of the books on my library. Books that friends have offered me a while ago, and I wasn’t particularly excited to read at the moment. But now I think it is time to put some order in my home. After having moved in, last March, a lot of things are still in a mess -particularly books and papers-
So, my first choice has been this novel, written by two sisters Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefèvre, who decided to use a pseudonym : Claude Izner. One of their occupations has been “bouquinistes” close to the Notre Dame. I’d like to learn more about them! They actually received a literary price in 2003 for this very mystery novel.
Actually, there is also an english translation if you want to check it out: http://alexinleeds.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/murder-on-the-eiffel-tower.jpg
I will see how it goes…