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Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. And while I do prefer much edgier crime fiction, sometimes it's more than enough when it's all about the characters -- and that is definitely the case here. Very much recommended; a wonderful start to what I hope will be a great series.
This is the first book in what, I hope, will turn out to become a series. The storyline revolves around a community in Paris where both our main characters live. Both women are regulars at a restaurant run by Maxime Duchamp; a former photojournalist whose first wife, Rinko, was murdered twelve years previously.
Both Lieutenant Jerome Bathelemy, who misses his former boss, and Ingrid, who carries a flame for Maxime, attempt to involve Lola Jost in clearing his name. The storyline ranges from twelve years before, when Rinko Duchamp was killed, to street heists and strip clubs.
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However, it is Lola and Ingrid who really keep your attention. Lola is crotchety, middle aged and lumpy; not your usual heroine, but all the more welcome for that. Ingrid did not make quite such a strong impression, but some of her hidden depths are revealed and I look forward to seeing the characters of both women develop in future books. Paris itself is also a character — full of beautiful buildings, strong characters and a wonderful background for any crime series.
She is imbued with a natural caustic wit and if ever a character was said not to suffer fools gladly, she is it.
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In an inspired piece of plotting Lola teams up with Ingrid Diesel, a statuesque American health freak with a colourful and well-travelled background, whom she meets through Maxime Duchamp, who himself is a key suspect in the case. Ingrid loves Paris and works as a masseur and an exotic dancer. Herein lies the strength of the characterisation, as the two women so defined by their differences, physically, culturally and emotionally, mesh together perfectly as a crime fighting duo par excellence.
So, we get to see the good and the bad nature of life within the city itself. It is unusual to find a crime novel that works on so many levels simultaneously in terms of characterisation, location, plotting and dialogue. However, Sylvain achieves this with aplomb, producing not only an extremely readable murder mystery that is defined by location and the social exploration of its plot, but also by her depiction of the two main protagonists and the humour that ensues.
I was delighted to discover that this is only the first of a series to be published in the UK featuring Lola Jost and Ingrid Diesel, and will await the others with a sense of impatience. A wholly satisfying read. Dec 26, Rob Kitchin rated it liked it. The story teams up the elderly, overweight, crotchety and brilliant former commissaire Lola Jost, with the tall, athletic, impulsive and forthright American, Ingrid Diesel, who try to solve a local murder given the ineptitude of the assigned commissaire. The result is a somewhat lopsided relationship. Similarly, the other characters are a little flat and one-dimensional, especially Maxime, who did not come across as an attractive lothario.
The story itself is enjoyable enough, with a few action sequences and twists and some nicely observed scenes, as long as one is happy to accept that it is simply a vehicle for introducing Lola and Ingrid given the procedural elements are weak, the police are fools, the pair make some silly decisions for dramatic effect, and the resolution is somewhat contrived. Overall, a mildly amusing and dark tale of love, jealousy and rage.
It's always enjoyable when a detective duo meet and are instantly adversarial towards each other. It means the characters have somewhere to go during the course of the novel.
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The gulf between ex detective Lola and Ingrid, a flamboyant ,American masseuse with a penchant for all things Parisienne, is immense. I enjoyed getting to know them and seeing their relationship evolve as much as I enjoyed their investigation into the death of their neighbour. This was a gritty and refreshing read with humour to balance it! Jun 20, Pascale rated it it was ok. Nov 15, Debby rated it liked it. This book was very interesting and enjoyable to read.
I love the characters and the setting with many vignettes of Parisian life. I hope to read the others in the series although I fear that many are not yet translated into English.
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Stylish sassy French detective novel. Best one I've read since Delacorta. Lola and Ingrid are terrific characters and I was transported to Paris in their company. Jan 21, Marsali Taylor rated it really liked it.
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Farid insists on giving his share to his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa The main suspect is her restauranteur employer, Maxime, a charmer with tragedy in his past. Luckily he has a good friend, Ingrid, who calls in ex-cop Lola to help her investigate This is the first of a series, which let me meet this unlikely and intrepid duo properly: Parisian policewoman Lola, rude, determined, and definitely retired, and American Ingrid, masseuse by day, and with a surprise night-time occupation. Both were larger-than-life characters, and I enjoyed the building relationship and snappy dialogue between them, as Ingrid prised Lola away from her jigsaw of the Sistine Chapel and back into police work.
I loved the Parisian setting — Paris is my favourite city, and Sylvain brought it to life vividly: A new, zany detective team, in an elegantly-written story that goes for atmosphere rather than gore. Oct 29, Clarabel rated it really liked it.
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Por otra parte, el personaje de Maxime tampoco me resulta convincente. Resumiendo, lectura ligera, a ratos incluso divertida, pero que no me ha dejado deseos de seguir con la serie. Aug 08, Mazel rated it liked it Shelves: Rien ne les rapproche, si ce n'est un crime sordide commis dans leur quartier. French Crime, taut yet descriptive.