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BOOK REVIEW:
MURDER ON THE EIFFEL TOWER
BY CLAUDE IZNER

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It's June of 1889 and the Paris Exposition is about to open. The Eiffel Tower, the center piece for the fair, has a special book on the second level for visitors to sign as a way to prove that they were there. The new fangled cameras that use celluloid film are being exhibited by George Eastman and the famous American Buffalo Bill with his Indian show has arrived. The city of Paris is buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, a murderer is on the loose.

When a woman attending the exposition with her niece and nephews is stung by a bee and dies, people assume it's a tragic accident. Victor Legris, a bookseller and photographer hired to take photographs of the opening of the Eiffel Tower, was on the scene when the woman dies. When his paper breaks the story that the death was suspicious, Victor starts investigating. Soon he discovers a previous death, that of a rag man, was also supposedly caused by a bee sting. And then yet another person dies from a “bee sting.” Victor eventually uncovers the truth, but not before several well placed red herrings are dropped to mislead the reader.

19th century Paris comes alive for readers in Murder on the Eiffel Tower. It's easy to get immediately caught up in the excitement of the exposition, and fans if historical fiction will love the careful attention to historical details throughout the book. Not since Simenon's Inspector Maigret series, have readers been given such a fine look at everyday life in Paris.

Murder on the Eiffel Tower is the first in a series of books by the sister team of Lilliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre featuring bookseller Victor Legris as the protagonist. The series was first published in France, then more recently in Europe. Now St. Martins has brought the first book of the series to North America. Hopefully the rest of the books will soon follow!

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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