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 “hélas”, 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…