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Er normal and a lot of local color Also like the Montalbano series my sense is that these books aren t written to focus mainly on the crime elements or the police procedural aspects but rather on the people who populate these novelsThe small village of Saint Victor in The French Alps is the setting for this adventure which begins with the report of the deaths of four sheep This took place at Ventebrune on Tuesday on Thursday nine were found savaged at Pierrefort As the number of dead sheep increases the villagers begin to suspect that the culprit is a rogue wolf that roams the mountains But after the savage death of Suzanne Rosselin the owner of the breeding station just west of Saint Victor there are those who begin to suspect that perhaps it s something not of this world and that the real iller is a werewolf Suspicion falls on one Massart who works in the municipal slaughterhouse Dead Boy keeps to himself in his shack and is rarely seen in the village But what really makes some believe in Massart as a werewolf is the fact that he has no body hair Smooth skinned as a choirboy he fits the bill the mark of the werewolf is that he wears his hair on the inside and at night he turns himself around and his hairy coat appears This as one person notes makes him an inside out man which reflects the original French title of this novel After Suzanne s death Massart vanishes leaving behind only a map with a specifically marked route that includes the sites of the previous sheep slaughters Convinced that it s their duty to go after Massart and rid the French countryside of this werewolfiller two unlikely companions decide to go after him First there s Suzanne s adopted son Soliman who had been found at the the village church as a baby Soliman is black and the villagers were a bit bewildered at seeing a black baby just left there and it wasn t until Suzanne came along and picked him up that he was comforted Suzanne had spent a great deal of time teaching Soliman about his African roots and Soliman is constantly spouting often unfathomable African legends to apply to various situations Second is old Watchee Suzanne s shepherd at the breeding station And to drive the old and very stinky cattle truck Soliman and Watchee recruit Camille the elusive on againoff again love of Commissaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg s life who is now living in the village composing music for a soap opera and working as a plumber Her current love interest is a Canadian scientist who studies wolves in the wild currently in the Mercantour National Park in France near the village As the strange trio sets out on the road there are even deaths and they begin to realize that this project is beyond them They need to find some help a special sort of policeman A very special flic A flic who d pass on all the info about giving us any grief and who d let us carry on tracking the vampire downAnd as it just so happens Camille nows just the guy Jean Baptiste Adamsberg in Paris at the police headuarters in the fifth arrondissementWhile the mystery itself is a bit predictable it s not really the who that counts but rather the getting there that makes this story Adamsberg is no ordinary cop he deals uite a bit in intuition has his senses alert to odd situations and from time to time gets little insights out of the blue as to when things are important He has a good rapport with his colleagues although they find him a bit strange and an even better rapport with the common man The rest of the characters are uirky as is the dialogue from time to time If not laugh out loud funny at times there is a great deal of humor interlaced with the serious business of finding a iller and bringing the culprit to justice The author is really good at bringing out the sense of place down to the hairpin curves on a French mountain road or the stink of sheep fat In short there are many things to experience within this novel and it s obvious that Vargas really enjoys writing these books As I said earlier this is a novel on the lighter side of crime and so should appeal to readers who tend to stay away from hardcore crime fiction It s also a book for readers who enjoy uirky crimes uirky people and a good laugh here and there much as also noted above like the Salvo Montalbano series Definitely recommended I m already on book 4 Wash This Blood Clean From My Hands on my way to the latest An Uncertain Place which is on this year s CWA International Dagger shortlist You should probably read the series in order of publication not English translation because the whole AdamsbergCamille relationship starts in book one and may be difficult to follow otherwise. Lf Then Suzanne is found slaughtered in the same mannerHer friend Camille attempts with Suzanne's son Soliman and her shepherd Watchee to find out who or what is responsible and they call on Commissaire Adamsberg for help.
This is the 2nd Chief Inspector Adamsberg in the series It is a whirlwind of a mysterythriller with a whiplash of an ending I was completely baffled right up to the reveal I loved the characters and the environs If you want a picture of the French Alps there are vivid descriptions There might be a werewolf Read it and find out First Sentence On Tuesday four sheep were illed at Ventebrune in the French AlpsCamille is a composer and plumber living in a small French Alp village where sheep are being iller by an unseen beast The murder of a townswoman raises suspicion of a werewolf Residents begin to suspect Massart a loner who came to the area 20 year ago and has now disappeared The woman s adopted son and an old shepherd convince Camille to be their driver as they search for Massat When they find the search impossible on their own they wish for a very special policeman Camille reluctantly calls upon her former lover Commissaire Jean Baptiste Adamsburg for helpOne of the first things I look for in a book is the characters For me they must be well conveyed strong uniue and yes I must be able to if not like at least empathize with them Vargas creates just such characters and it is they who drive the story I was delighted that we get to now Camille in this book as she was previously something of a mystery herself The residents of the village Suzanne and particularly the old shepherd and Solomon with home Camille ventures forth are wonderfully created with affection humor There is also great poignancy to the relationship particularly with the inclusion of Adamsburgh into the traveling trio And humor there is but the wry dry humor of the author s voice Vargas has a wonderful voice I love her imagery and descriptions particularly in the opening when she anthropomorphizes the wolves She brings the story location and people to life If there is a weakness it is in the plot but only because the characters are so strong However I found the further I progressed into the story the intrigued I was by the mystery I new the Ma mre m'a tu - Survivre au gnocide des Tutsis au Rwanda killer is not a werewolf the story is not horror or fantasy I did suspect the villain but appreciated that being given details as to the motive behind the crimes as well as uncovering theiller There is also a second thread to the story which adds suspense There is no uestion I have become a Vargas fan I highly recommend giving her a try but start with either her standalone The Three Evangelists or The Chalk Circle Man the first book in the Adamsberg seriesSEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR Pol Proc Comm Jean Baptiste Adamsberg France Cont VGVargas Fred 3rd in seriesSimon Schuster Paperbacks 1999 Trade Paperback ISBN 9780743284028 If you were to put a gun to my head and demand that I explain exactly why I like this book or you will blow my brains out I would have to make it through the rest of my life with a large empty space in my craniumSituation normal thereI do not Mes recettes au baby-robot know why I liked SWHMD so much Or even why I bought it I think it was a combination of the blurb on the back cover and the atmospheric title I seem to remember thinking that it sounded like a Hammer Horror inspired yarn and saying to myself CoolIt really is not a Hammer Horror style story Far from it It s about an eccentric Parisian detective taking a sabatical in the south of France and uncovering a series of rural murders that the locals have attributed to a werewolf I ve simply never read anything uite like this book It s so flimsy in nature that it feels almost ethereal And yet at its heart it is nothing than a Sunday evening who dunnitAll Inow is that I really want to spend some time in the south of France drinking wine and herding sheepPJD 45 starsAnother terrific novel by Fred Vargas And the hits they just La Stratgie du camlon keep on comin Can you imagine being so disordered in mind that you would think this was only worth a 3 star rating I almost made that mistake I was certainly enjoying the book well enough but occasionally would slip into a Meh Has Vargas lost her lustre for me already I think it had to do with the werewolf theme Werewolves pshaw If you hear him howling around youritchen doorBetter not let him inLittle old lady got mutilated late last nightWer Also the second volume of the Adamsberg series was excitingIt plays in the French Alps Adamsberg s muse Camille lives there and has built a new life with new friends A Canadian bear researcher has been particularly impressed Here in France he watches the wolves Suddenly the contemplative community gets into turmoil because not only sheep are torn but also people fall victim to a giant wolf Camille sets out with Sol and the watchman in search of. In this frightening and surprising novel the eccentricwayward genius of Commissaire Adamsberg is pitted against the deep rooted mysteries of one Alpine village's history and a very present problem wolvesDisturbing things.
The malefactor He is always a step ahead of themAdamsberg does not come into play for a long time which initially irritated me a little In the end it is he who came to the culprit on the trackIt was an exciting read Seeking Whom He May Devour by French writer Fred Vargas concentrates on the characters than it does on crimes Book two in the Commissaire Adamsberg series it is better translated into English than the first book The Chalk Circle Man It continues the pattern of emphasizing the uirkiness of characters of the crimes of the plot Officially mysteries I believe these novels are humorous entertainments than they are mysteries They are like cozies except the murder descriptions tend to induce an ick response However so far none of the murders in the two nove Dull dull dull mystery about a female film editorplumber and two local sheep farmerseccentrics pursuing a murderous werewolf across the French countryside The werewolf s on foot and the three of them are in a rickety old truck repurposed from transporting sheep so the chase is about as high speed and exciting as being stuck behind a farm vehicle on a narrow road I just did not get this book at all The characters had all these weird traits one of the shepherds is obsessed with definitions and mythology the other is um old and as for the editorplumber Camille wellher two chosen careers are editor and plumber an unlikely mix to be sure but Vargas never connected this to anything interesting or profound about her character She s an editor and a plumber Also a part time amateur werewolf hunterMaybe part of the problem I was having was that some of these characters have been featured in Vargas earlier books including Camille and a Commissaire Adamsberg who s barely in the first two thirds of this novel but is supposedly the series main character I figured this out based on the fact that the front of my copy had Commisaire Adamsberg Investigates solemnly imprinted upon it Okay my bad for not reading the other books first but a talented author can still make her characters come alive whenever they come on stage Everyone in this book seemed as flat as the landscape was hillyIt may have also been a bad translation A clue there s an ongoing joke about Camille not being able to remember or not caring to remember another character s dog s name There are a lot of puns I think they re meant to be puns jokes anyway based on the other incorrect things she calls this dog But in English the dog s given name is Woof and none of Camille s mistakes or inability to remember the frickin name make any sense based on that moniker It s entirely possible that this gag was HILARIOUS in the original French but in English it s justpuzzlingEually puzzling why I persisted in reading this book to the end Maybe it was so I could discover that the iller was exactly who I expected based on the character serving no other purpose in the narrative The sheep of the Alps are getting savaged by what appears to be a giant wolf A group of vivid characters get interested and starts to pursue the issue The good I found myself lazing about with this book making slow progress and enjoying the characters Once again it s about the setting and the characters than about the mystery itself There are some really powerful scenes as well as humorous and witty lines of dialogue The bad Well the mystery is pretty slim so This just feels like it s trying much too hard to be uirky I got pretty distracted by the uirkiness and so the ending was a surprise to me but it feels like Ms Vargas was cheating I went back and re read some passages and she was most definitely misleading the reader in a BIG way For example and you can t read this it will spoil the mystery entirely view spoilerIn the first chapter Johnstone muses to himself Johnstone had never imagined that Europe so pinched so wasted and tamed could have anything of interest to offer him He had not taken on this documentary job in the Mercantour Ranger very gladly WHAT We learn at the end that going to Europe to track down his father s enemies had been his lifelong dream and taking that documentary job was his entire PLAN hide spoiler Seeking Whom He May Devour is book number two in Fred Vargas series featuring Commissaire Adamsberg of the French police nationale following The Chalk Circle Man In 2005 it was nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger Award This novel is another one which I d label as crime light and actually reminds me a great deal of Andrea Camilleri s Inspector Montalbano series There are a host of uirky characters a bit of humor a chief inspector who isn t anywhere close to what one would consid. Have been happening up in the French mountains; and sheep are being found with their throats torn out The evidence points to a wolf of unnatural size and strength However Suzanne Rosselin thinks it is the work of a werewo.
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