An Uncertain Place

An Uncertain Place

A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery

Book - 2011
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"When Commissaire Adamsberg, the chief of police in Paris's 7th Arrondissement, is called to the scene of a ghastly and highly unusual murder, he thinks it can't have anything to do with the nine pairs of shoes and severed feet discovered outside of London's Highgate Cemetery just a few days earlier. With the help of the murdered man's gifted physician, Adamsberg delves into the victim's disturbed psyche and unexpectedly finds himself on a path that takes him deep into the haunted past of Eastern Europe, where a centuries-old horror has come to life and is claiming victims far and wide. As Adamsberg circles closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone on the inside wants to shut down the investigation, no matter the cost"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2011
ISBN: 9780143120049
0143120042
Characteristics: 408 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Reynolds, Sian

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

The seventh book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series

Too much superstition and irrelevant detail, although it does build on future books to give us some background on the characters. Those severed feet images were a bit too disgusting for my taste.

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sandraperkins
May 02, 2015

I really like this series by Fred Vargas, but this book was not my favorite. It was a bit too fanciful/unbelievable for my taste (and I am usually ready to go along with most unbelievable things). The overall series is so good that even a less enjoyable book is a 4-star read.

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pdayton
May 24, 2012

Have read just one. Do you need to read in a certain order?
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Mommies2
Nov 28, 2011

First time reading this author. Slow starting but ended well. I will read her previous books

akarenina Nov 04, 2011

OTT--vampires historically contribute to the plot line

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c_anderson
Jun 27, 2011

I love this series! The characters are very strange, yet believable. The working out of the plot is logical and fantastical at the same time.

Cdnbookworm Jun 21, 2011

This is the latest in the series featuring Commissaire Adamsberg. The story begins as Adamsberg leaves for a conference in London. His neighbour Lucio insists he helps a cat in distress before he goes. In London, Commandant Danglard is in his element as an anglophile. During a walk with a local DCI, they find themselves witness to a unique crime scene. Several pairs of shoes outside a cemetary, with feet still in them. This is disquieting, but not their case.
On return to Paris, Adamsberg's team is called in to investigate a gruesome murder. Tales of vampires, connections to the London shoes, and a traitor within the team are all part of this story. Adamsberg is not your usual detective and there are those who feel threatened by his methods. As he finds links to other similar cases, and a small mountain town in Serbia, he must also face someone from his own past who threatens him. A great story, as usual.

debwalker Jun 04, 2011

"An Uncertain Place is absolutely, unequivocally the best Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg book yet. Witty, smart, full of the style that has made Fred Vargas one of the top dozen crime writers now working, this novel has it all."
Margaret Cannon
Globe and Mail June 3 2011

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