Advice requested please from connoisseurs of French Crime Writing

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Advice requested please from connoisseurs of French Crime Writing

Nov. 18, 2020, 9:03am

As per thread title, I would like some advice/guidance/recommendations please from anyone with an interest in and/or knowledge of French policiers.

My wife is a francophile and pretty much bilingual - I am looking for a couple of Christmas gifts for her.

She particularly likes the writing of Fred Vargas and has read all his (actually her) published works.

I am looking for similar authors, whose work is reasonably easily available but who are - as yet - unknown to me (and which I can quickly check in the French section of our bookshelves)

We have , I think, pretty much all of the Simenon Maigret output

Thanks for taking the time to read and in advance for any help you may be able to proffer.

Best Wishes,

Bearbeitet: Nov. 18, 2020, 9:43am

Karin Miské’s Arab jazz is a recent Paris crime story with a feel that’s a little bit similar to the Vargas novels, though not from the police point of view.

One obvious idea, if you don’t know them yet, is the Marseille Trilogy by Jean-Claude Izzo — quite dark, but very highly-regarded novels from the nineties with a lot of cooking and poetry as well as the crime story.

On the lighter side, Daniel Pennac’s comic crime-stories — not really mysteries — are fun, with lots of multi-culti Paris atmosphere.

Going further back, you can’t go far wrong with Léo Malet or Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Nov. 18, 2020, 9:57am

... And possibly out of scope, but it might be interesting, there's the series of Moroccan policiers starting with Une enquête au pays by Driss Chraïbi

Bearbeitet: Nov. 18, 2020, 11:12am

I've heard good things about Olivier Norek, Frédérique Molay, Franck Thilliez and Maud Tabachnik.
You could also glean some ideas from this dormant Roman policier thread:

Bearbeitet: Nov. 18, 2020, 11:49am

Thankyou so much for such swift replies, the suggestions and the link.

I've just ordered a few items - in French editions - from Amazon UK on the back of these recommendations:

Driss Chaibi
Olivier Norek
Daniel Pennac

Further recommendations still welcome.

Best Wishes,

Nov. 18, 2020, 2:16pm

Bruno, Chief of Police Series by Martin Walker (Like a French Andy Griffith) feel good series with quirky characters.

Hugo Marston Series by Mark Pryor (Head of Security for the American Embassy in Paris who gets tangled up in murders. Good characters)

Nov. 18, 2020, 3:00pm

>6 perennialreader:
Thankyou - I'll look into those.

Best Wishes,

Nov. 21, 2020, 12:46pm

I just finished Murder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black and although I didn't really like it other people seem to like her books. There is quite a list of them all set in Paris.

Nov. 29, 2020, 9:11am

>5 Boschfan: Do tell us what you wife thought of those books :-)