Publication Date: Available Now.
Published by: Mantle
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.
At night Armand lay in bed with a sadness in his heart that ballooned until there was room for nothing else.
He thought with horror of the lying-down room…
Paris; in the stifling August heat, Commandant Serge Morel is called to a disturbing crime scene. An elderly woman has been murdered to the soundtrack of Faure’s Requiem, her body then grotesquely displayed.
At first this strange case seems to offer few clues; and Morel has problems of his own. His father – always a great force in his life – is beginning to succumb to senility; and he is unsettled by the reappearance of the beautiful Mathilde, the woman he once loved. Only origami can help calm the detective and focus his thoughts on this troubling crime.
The Lying Down Room is the first in a series featuring Serge Morel, and as an example of purely poetic Crime Fiction this one had it all.
Atmospheric, deeply moving in places and with a truly remarkable main protagonist, I was totally immersed in this world for the entire time. As Morel and team try to track down an elusive killer, I was with them all the way. The Paris setting is often sombre, always compelling and extremely well described, putting you right in the moment.
For pure story flow it doesnt get much better – the people are key and there are some interesting background events going on in the lives of the featured characters which will make you want to read further as the series progresses. The psychological aspects of the killer are fascinating and impressively authentic – this is not necessarily a book with huge amounts of twists and turns, it is more an examination of the human condition and the things that drive us.
Going on the must be read list immediately, Anna Jaquiery is definitely one to watch. If you are a lover of Crime Fiction this one is definitely for you – if you are a lover of beautiful storytelling then don’t miss it.
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Happy Reading Folks!