In the turbulent Parisian summer of 1893, Victor Legris has vowed to his fiancée to give up the dangerous hobby of amateur sleuthing to concentrate on selling books.
But a killer is at large, leaving mysterious references to a leopard in his notes, and intent on revenge for events that took place many years before during the Commune. When a bookbinder friend of Victor's dies in a house fire that does not seem to be accidental, the young bookseller feels impelled to resume his detective work and uncover the identity of the Batignolles predator. Alongside his trusty assistant Jojo, Victor embarks on a new investigation in the bourgeois quarters of Paris, where scoundrels abound and streethawkers call out their wares among market stalls, under the bloody shadow of the Commune.
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"An especially crafty solution distinguishes the fifth belle epoque whodunit...Not many readers will identify the murderer before Legris, whose quirky and endearing character is even more developed than in previous books." - Publishers Weekly
"The pacing is lively as victims accumulate the humor clever and suited to the time and place, and the adventure is to be savored...A delightful departure from todays world; well worth reading." - Historical Novel Society
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Claude Izner is the author of a detective series. But this nickname actually conceals two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre, who have written together for over ten years. Their first novels were first intended for an audience of young readers. Since 1999, the two sisters have turned to crime fiction. Here is a brief biography of the authors:
Born in 1940, Liliane initially worked as chief editor before becoming a bookseller. She has participated in the writing of several audiovisual performances and plays.
Born in 1951, Laurence became a bookseller in 1970. Alongside her work as a bookseller, she writes novels for adults.
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