February 12b- Another Parisian mystery with Victor Legris

Dear February,

Victor is having a hard time dating an independent woman. Victor Legris, the Parisian detective. I just finished the third book of the series. And I know who the murderer is. In terms of psychology, the third book seems to me more interesting than the first one. Or is it that I become familiar with the ambiance? Once you know the people, they grow on you. Even imaginary characters.

But Victor’s love life seems more important to me. He met Tasha in book no 1. He was following her around and finally kissed her at the third part of the book. When the mystery ended, they were a couple.

I don’t know what happened in book no 2.

But I found them again together in book no 3, and the passion seems to be well and alive. Victor is jealous because Tasha doesn’t want to marry him, neither live with him. She has male friends who flirt with her, and is very passionate about other topics than Victor, p.ex. her art.

How does he cope? He resolves murder cases.

But seriously, he seems to have evolved from a relationship perspective, because he found a balance between his insecurities, his will for control and his passion. From this point of view, he is an ideal man 🙂

How about Tasha? We learn less about her, and her inner struggles, but she appears to me a little bit insecure too …

It is so important to learn from experience and evolve… I would also like to evolve as a character.

And as a writer 🙂

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http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/i/claude-izner/montmartre-investigation.htm

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February 10- Victor Legris is back: The Montmartre Investigation

Hello February,

Victor is back, no, I am not talking about my date, but Victor Legris, the Parisian detective-librarian. At the end of the 19th century.

The friends who offered me the “Murder on the Eiffel Tower“, had also gifted me his next two adventures, but “hĂ©las”, as we say in France, I can’t find the second one. So I start reading the third, also translated in english under the title: “The Montmartre investigation“.

Now, as I have mentioned, I decided to read the books I have been offered now and then, which, for some reason, I have neglected. As I want to put some order into my place, taking care of these books is one of the first things to do.

So, here we are again, in the Paris of the “Moulin Rouge”, at another “hot spot” of the city, Montmartre. The novel starts with a scene at a boarding school, where young ladies of a certain social standing are supposed to get some education.

But, but, outside, there are big bad wolves, such as Gaston, the 20 year-old predator, who only has sex in his mind, and a fate worse than death for them: disgrace. He is bringing Elisa, one of the students, in a very delicate situation: she abandons herself to him, after the shock of  witnessing a train accident.

And Victor in all this? Where is he? Shouldn’t he jump in and save the damsel’s honour?

Patience! This is just the first chapter, and the link with Victor for the time-being, is Iris, Elisa’s friend who is also the god-daughter of Mr. Mori, Victor’s adopted father.

Anyway, things don’t look good for Elisa for the moment, and women in general.

It is a relief to live in the 21st century somehow…

http://www.amazon.fr/The-Montmartre-Investigation-Victor-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003OUXE6A

February 6- Parisian Mystery and the power of love

Dear February,

so now I know who the murderer is. I got to the last chapter, and even read his confession and motives. The murderer isn’t Victor Legris. Victor is actually the detective. No, the authors didn’t want to confuse us that much.

Of course I am not going to tell you! I wouldn’t ruin it for you in case you decide to read it. It is a great novel if you want to learn about life in Paris at the end of the 19th century. It’s the kind of historical mystery that creates the ambiance of a whole period with such detail that you see a film unfolding as you read.

One funny detail: Victor is entering a cafĂ© where the best Impressionist painters exchange their paintings for food and drinks. The cafĂ© owner is trying to sell Victor a Van Gogh for peanuts, and he praises his work. But Victor doesn’t even see the painting! All he cares about is a mediocre sculpture of Tasha, the girl he is obsessed with.

Is love blind?

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February 5- Parisian Mysteries no 3

Hello February,

how many coffees could you drink so that you concentrate without getting nervous? I think that my personal record is 4. And I did concentrate. My project should finish by the end of the week.

What do you mean you don’t care? All you want to know is if Victor Legris is drinking coffee? So now you can only concentrate on Victor’s affaires?

Ok, just because I want your help with Saint Valentine, I will tell you.

Victor prefers tea, because he has been raised in England. And he also drinks alcohol every time he goes to the café. I completely understand him, after all, he is in the middle of a crisis. Either the man who raised him is a murderer or the woman he is falling in love with, Tasha. If you drink coffee in this situation, your nerves get in an impossible state. A cognac might do better.

So, Victor is an intellectual librarian and a part-time journalist, writing the literary column at the “Passe-Partout” journal. He is also a self-appointed detective. Because suspecting people you care about, is motivation enough to start an investigation.

All this to tell you that he hasn’t even kissed Tasha until chapter 9, and there are 14 chapters as a whole. Victor is following her, he is jealous of men who could be potential lovers, in his imagination. She is an artist, a free spirit, and she has a lot of friends among the talented Impressionists in Paris.

Would it be more simple to ask her out?

After all, does he care for Tasha because he suspects her, or he suspects he because he cares for her?

Is he afraid of relationships and he needs to find some huge obstacle between them?

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

February 4b- Parisian Mysteries, no 2

Dear February,

you surely want to know what happened to Victor Legris, the librarian and potential detective/murderer in the “Mystère rue des Saint-Pères”, I started reading the other day. Ok, I will just give you some hints, because otherwise you might not read it for yourself.

It is the best thing to do after getting a small cold, everyone around is coughing so I sympathize –

Now, Victor, in his 30s, is he my type of guy? Apparently good-looking. He has a bourgeois mistress whose husband is away on business, somewhere is South America. On the other hand, he has been charmed by the red-haired Tasha, who is painting the caricatures at his friend’s journal. A 23-year-old, apparently living by herself and having a lot of success with the opposite sex.

Victor is living at the same place with his associate, an older French-Japanese, Kenji Mori, who keeps secrets, even from Victor. And he seems to have a mysterious past.

In the middle of all this, about three people die, apparently stung by a bee. However, someone is living notes claiming that these deaths are not accidental.

I think that I have some things in common with Victor, so it could have worked out for us.

1. I love books, so he could interest me as a librarian.

2. He is falling in love quiet easy, before getting to know the other person, and his imagination is running wild with him.

3. He likes red-haired women, and I am in a red-hair mood these days.

Now, reasons why we might not hit it well:

a. he is still living with a father figure, and we don’t really know what his associate is up to.

b. He is spending three chapters thinking on Tasha instead of doing something. I am a little bit like this, so we would have to wait until the end of the book to see some action.

c. I don’t know yet if he is the murderer. And no, I am not dating the bad guy.

 

Murder on the Eiffel Tower

 

 

February 3b- Parisian Mysteries…

Dear February,

would you know anything of a particular Parisian mystery, a story that took place at the very moment of the EIffel Tower construction?

No?

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…