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Death in Pont-Aven
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|Death in Pont-Aven
By Jean-Luc Bannalec
Translated by Sorcha McDonagh
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
I am really grateful to Hesperus Press for contacting me and offering me the first volume in the series Commissaire Lupin: Death in Pont-Aven, a mystery taking place in France, but originally written in German!
Commissaire Georges Lupin, a character à la Maigret, is enjoying a quiet time at a local café in Concarneau, Brittany, when he hears about the murder of an old hotel owner in Pont-Aven: Pierre-Louis Pennec, 91. Why on earth would one want to kill an old man?
We follow Lupin day after day, as he tries to figure what happens and why, follows false leads, and discovers another murder… Coincidence? Connection?
The plot is interesting and the way Lupin goes from lead to lead is suspenseful enough, with some good twist at the end.
But what makes this mystery doubly interesting is the place it is set in. If you are into painting, you know right away about Pont-Aven. If this does not ring a bell, suffice it to say it is well-known for being the small city in Brittany where many French and American artists joined Gauguin at the end of the 19th century. They are called as The Pont-Aven School. Gauguin has in fact a famous painting entitled Watermill in Pont-Aven.
Painting, art, and this glorious past are very much connected to the plot, of course I’m not going to give any spoiler here, but that is very well done.
Also, Lupin is more of the introvert commissaire type, and it is really neat to follow him as he goes and sits near the river or the sea to think about the murder and its possible motives. That’s really where he gets his inspiration. This allows the author some beautiful descriptions of the landscape and ambiance of the area.
I really enjoyed this novel with all its layers, and am looking forward to another adventure for Commissaire Lupin.
VERDICT: If you enjoy mysteries set in France, with beautiful landscapes and references to the glorious past of French painters, this smart whodunit is just for you.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
A baffling murder in an idyllic French seaside village, a tangle of family secrets and a puzzling mystery await Commissaire Dupin in this captivating whodunit thriller.
Commissaire Georges Dupin, a cantankerous, Parisian-born caffeine junkie is dragged from his morning croissants and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven – a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen – is in shock. The manager at the Central Hotel has come downstairs that morning to find ninety-one-year-old owner Pierre-Louis Pennec dead on the restaurant floor.
Dupin and his team identify five principal suspects, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim and a wealthy art historian. Further incidents – first a break-in, then another death – only compound the mystery. As Commissaire Dupin delves further and further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village’s idyllic image.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jean-Luc Bannalec is the pen name for Jörg Bong, born in Bonn, Germany in 1966.
He is a famous editor and publisher, and this book, published n 2012,
was a bestseller in his country.
It was adapted to a TV series. It was translated and
published in French in April 2014.
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