Parigi, giugno 1889: la città è travolta dalle folle che si accalcano nei padiglioni dell'Esposizione Universale, inseguendo ogni novità: danzatrici di Giava ananas della Martinica, il rivoluzionario telefono? Tuttavia la vera dominatrice dell'Esposizione è la torre di Monsieur Eiffel, svettante prodigio della tecnica del XIX secolo. I parigini vi salgono, ammirati; oppure spaventati, come la povera Eugénie Patinot, che si è appena seduta su una panchina della terza piattaforma, allorché qualcosa ' un'ape? ' la punge. In un batter di ciglia, la donna si accascia a terra, morta. A pochi passi si trova, casualmente, Victor Legris, proprietario della libreria Elzévir, in rue des Saints-Pères. Il giovane libraio non può saperlo, ma la morte misteriosa di Eugénie sta per cambiare la sua vita... Tra inseguimenti a piedi e in carrozza, collezionisti eccentrici e affascinanti pittrici, fini porcellane e stampe cinesi, Victor dovrà trasformarsi ' suo malgrado ' in detective e chiarire con le sole armi dell'intelligenza il mistero che rischia di scatenare un vero e proprio terremoto nella tranquilla libreria di rue des Saints-Pères'
- ISBN: 8850213727
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 310
3.5 stars, actually. As the main character is a bookseller, I feel I had no chance but like this series. I read the second book first, and was very much entertained. Sadly, the first one isn't quite as good as the second one, and you often feel that Victor Legris, said bookseller and amateur detectiv Leggi tutto
International bestseller... REALLY? Maybe it was a bad translation, or maybe the characters were a tad flat (cardboard), possibly the story didn't flow, and just maybe it wasn't worth reading. I like to finish what I start, so if the story isn't nasty, dirty or yucky, I try to finish it. I should have Leggi tutto
I picked this up at a jumble sale in Britain last year after returning from a weekend in Paris and thought it might be all right. Then, as I started reading it, I realised it was written by two real-life Parisian bookshop owners, it featured a Japanese character, a bunch of tabloid journalists, run- Leggi tutto
It was barely okay. Read (or tried to) for book club. The most interesting thing about the book was the setting. Paris during the World's Fair- what a great place to visit in a book! Some of the little details, like the Golden Book which people signed to prove that they had ascended the brand-new Ei Leggi tutto
3.5 Molto carino, un po' leggero forse, ma è molto particolare per l'ambientazione storica e geografica. Siamo infatti all'esposizione universale di Parigi del 1889, quella per cui è sorta la torre Eiffel. ^.^
This book is a splendid evocation of Paris during the Belle Époque, and Legris' frequent walks in various neighborhoods made me very happy indeed. The two women booksellers who write as Claude Izner bring their setting to life. The mystery is also a good one. By the time I pieced all the clues togeth Leggi tutto
I dnf'ed this book. Or rather I skipped a lot of it. I read the first 30-40% and the last 10%, but I didn't even skim the middle. I just couldn't anymore. It's not that I hated anything about this book, just that I didn't care at all for any of the characters. Not did I find the mystery particularly Leggi tutto
I can't not read a book set in 1889 Paris, even if it's not the best. This was a quick read, it did hold my interest in the sense that I wanted to see how the authors would end it. An unusual murder method, lots of characters who were superficially memorable, but not much depth. The conceit which dr Leggi tutto
I suspect we all pick up a book looking forward to what is going to happen. So normally around page 50 a reader will be getting twitchy if nothing much has happened. Get to the end of the book and it still seems like you're waiting for something to happen and it's a very frustrating experience. Set
My edition of "Murder on the Eiffel Tower" (one of the Swedish editions) only have one blurb... a vague praise from a mostly unknown magazine. A couple of years ago I came to the realisation that if a novel only have one blurb on the cover, and the source isn't either another renowned author or a bi Leggi tutto
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