Monday, August 19, 2019

Spotlight & Giveaway: This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas

I'm about half way through This Poison Will Remain and I'm really enjoying it! I do love a good police procedural and this one has an eclectic bunch of quirky characters with Commissaire Adamsberg at the helm solving a few interesting cases. Btw, this is book 7 or 11 ? (there's conflicting info on the number of installments) in the series, but I haven't read the previous books, but I don't think it's necessary to read the previous books before this one.

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Publication Date: August 20th 2019 by Penguin Books
Pages: 416
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

A murder in Paris brings Commissaire Adamsberg out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation and unexpectedly into the region of Nîmes, where three old men have died of spider bites. The recluse has a sneaky attack, but is that enough to explain the deaths of these men, all killed by the same venom?

At the National Museum of Natural History, Adamsberg meets a pensioner who tells him that two of the three octogenarians have known each other since childhood, when they lived in a local orphanage called The Mercy. There, they had belonged to a small group of violent young boys known as the "band of recluses." Adamsberg faces two obstacles: the third man killed by the same venom was not part of the "band of recluses," and the amount of spider venom necessary to kill doesn't add up.

Yet after the Nîmes deaths, more members of the old band succumb to recluse bites, leading the commissaire to uncover the tragedy hidden behind the walls of the orphanage.

Fred Vargas is a #1 bestselling author in France, Italy, and Germany. She is the winner of four International Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association, and is the first author to achieve such an honor. In 2018, Vargas won the Princess of Asturias Prize for letters.

Penguin Books have generously provided a copy of This Poison Will Remain to one reader.  Fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win. The giveaway is open to US residents only.

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  1. Glad you're enjoying this! It's always fun when you can jump in mid-series and still enjoy the story.

  2. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. This story sounds great! I love quirky and eclectic characters! Glad to here it's good so far :)

  4. I recently finished this one. I was a little nervous that it was book seven, but that wasn't a big deal at all. Adamsberg and his crew were great. :)

  5. I love Vargas' Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries! He's such an odd character, but so likable. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. :)

  6. Sounds like an interesting series. I like the fact that you can jump in without having read the previous books without any problems.

  7. The book sounds amazing, and I love the colorful cover.