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Murder on the Eiffel Tower

A Mystery

by Claude Izner

Murder on the Eiffel Tower
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2008, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2009, 304 pages

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Beth Hemke Shapiro

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The first volume of an amateur detective series set in 19th century Paris

Murder on the Eiffel Tower soars with its historical treatment of Paris which readers will remember long after they finish the book. Claude Izner is the pseudonym of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre, who sell second-hand books on the Seine's banks and boast of expertise on 19th century Paris. Their experience and knowledge shine brightly in this first of a series featuring amateur detective Victor Legris.

Some readers might be reminded of author Anne Perry's English Victorian detective novels as they are drawn into Izner's portrayal of Paris and its 1889 World Exposition. Like Perry, Izner interjects small, captivating tidbits about the period:

Fried-fish vendors and left-over food sellers were setting up their stalls in the wind. Dishes of beetroot sat alongside rounds of cold black pudding….The drinking dens, the low doorways in ...

Series Order:

Originally planned as a series of eight books, a comment by one of the authors on a fan-site indicates that there will be at least nine books in the Victor Legris series (the US publisher also confirms the existence of a ninth book). Eight are currently available in French (listed on the authors' website); but only four are currently available in English, of which two are available in the USA.

The bibliography below shows the UK and USA publication dates:

  • Murder On the Eiffel Tower (UK: 2007. US: 2008)
  • The Pere-Lachaise Mystery (UK: 2007),
    published in the US as The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise (Sept 2009)
  • The Montmartre Investigation (UK: 2008)
  • The Marais Assassin (UK: 2009)

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