Book review: The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 1 – I love France #169

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The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 1:
Book 1. The Season of the Beast
Book 2. The Breath of the Rose


Lady Agnes Mystery 1

Author: Andrea Japp
Translator: Lorenza García
Publisher: Gallic Books
US Release date: Nov 10, 2015
The series La dame sans terre
was first released in French in 2006-2007
Pages: 604
ISBN: 9781910477168
also available as ebook
Genre: Historical Mystery


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As a lover of historical fiction, mystery, and French literature, it’s high time for me to present to you the latest series by Andrea Japp, the famous crime writer, available now in English: The Lady Agnès Mystery. The series is made of 4 books, published separately in French. For some reason, Gallic Books has chosen to publish the 4 books in 2 volumes. I’ll present to you volume 2 at the beginning of January 2016, shortly before its US release date. So two thick volumes with a total of over 1,000 pages, but believe me, that’s worth it! See now why.
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Spotlight and giveaway: White Leopard

Laurent Guillaume

on Tour

November 2-21



White Leopard

(hard-boiled African noir)

Release date: November 19, 2015
at Le French Book

238 pages

ISBN: 978-1939474506

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Everything is possible and nothing is certain in Bamako. A man torn between two continents finds himself in a dangerous confrontation between tradition and corruption. Solo is a former cop who ran away from a dark past in France to start his life over again in Bamako, Mali, as a PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. This is hard-boiled noir with a modern twist set in West Africa.


white leopard - Laurent_Guillaume©reservedLaurent Guillaume
is a multiple-award-winning French writer
and former police officer.
In law enforcement,
he worked anti-gang, narcotics,
financial crimes,
and served in Mali as advisor to the local police.
He is now a full-time writer.


Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.


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Book review: The Spider and the Stone

The Spider and the Stone:
A Novel of Scotland’s Black Douglas

The Spider and the Stone

Author: Glen Craney
Publisher: self
Release date: 2014
Pages: 432
ISBN: 978-0981648408
also available as ebook
Genre: Historical Fiction


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For once, let’s leave France and go visit Scotland with The Spider and the Stone, which highlights one of the major pages of the conflict between England and Scotland, in the first half of the 14th century.
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