Book review and giveaway: Crossing The Line – I love France #114


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Crossing The Line


Crossing the Line

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
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and the thoughts are my own.
Crossing The Line
Frédérique Molay
PublisherLe French Book
Pub. Date:
ISBN:  978-1939474148

Pages:  224
Genre:  police procedural / thriller
Source: Received
from the publisher for a
virtual book tour on France Book Tours


This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

      books-on-france-14  2014 Ebook-2

 New author challenge    my-kind-of-mystery-2014


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Last year, France Book Tours organized a book tour on Frédérique Molay’s previous book: The 7th Woman. Thinking thrillers were not really for me, I didn’t participate in the tour. But after reading ecstatic reviews, I promised myself not to do that mistake again. So I didn’t hesitate a second to read the 2nd book in the Series: Crossing The Line, and now I can’t wait to read many more books by this amazing French woman. Let me tell you why.

The  main hero is Chief of Police Nico Sirsky, a big shot at La Crim’, the famous Criminal Investigation Division in Paris.
The book heats up very quickly, in the most creative, unusual, and gruesome way: in a lab class, where student dentists are learning and practicing wisdom-tooth surgery on heads donated to science, students find something strange sticking out of a weird looking filling. They call the teacher, who also finds it fishy so right away calls the police. They discover a piece of
folded hard plastic has been introduced in that filling. Even more weird, a message is written on it: “I was murdered“!
Now, if this does not make you drop everything to keep reading, I don’t know what other thriller would!

The passage of the lab class was really so spooky I could smell it as if I had been there. And if I had applied to give my body to science, I would most certainly refuse to do so by now, having read in details what they do to bodies donated…

Everyone thinks this has to be a suicide, except of course Nico. But then, if it’s not a suicide, how, when, and why would that message have ended up in that tooth filling?
I really can’t give you any more details, you will have to discover by yourself.

The whole story is very fast-paced, and you go from surprise to surprise, from murder to murder. And the big surprise comes at the end, when you finally you see all the connections, who did what and why. And believe me, this is nothing you can ever have imagined!

Another thing I really enjoyed a lot in this book is seeing all the parties involved, and how everyone worked together to solve the mystery, each with his/her own expertise — yes, some major actors are women. Maybe it’s because this is really the first police procedural I read, but I thought this was so well done and fascinating. You have police commissioners, a detective, a chief medical examiner, staff at the forensics lab, notaries (with funny opinions on them!), a magistrate, a computer specialist anti-terrorist  investigators, a public prosecutor, and a profiler.

At the same time as this investigation is going on, Nico is trying to catch some thieves involved in a major jewelry theft. I think this did not really add anything for me actually.
What I liked is that Nico’s job is situated in the context of his daily family life, it definitely adds texture to the writing.

The book has been translated from the French, but I don’t think you can ever detect it, you get totally swept away right away in what’s going on. A sign of a great translation!

VERDICT: With her most amazing creativity making your hair stand on end, the famous French writer Frédérique Molay delivers an outstanding thriller that will captivate you from end to finish. Follow the expertise of multiple actors to figure out who did what to whom and why. Surprise guaranteed!



It’s Christmas in Paris. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky returns to work after recovering from a gunshot wound. He’s in love and rearing to go. His first day back has him overseeing a jewel heist sting and taking on an odd investigation. Dental students discovered a message in the tooth of a severed head. Is it a sick joke? Sirsky and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down. Just how far can despair push a man? How clear is the line between good and evil? This is the second in the prize-winning Paris Homicide series [provided by the publisher]




Frederique MolayCalled, “the French Michael Connelly,”
Frédérique Molay
graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po
and began her career in politics and the French administration.
She worked as chief of staff for the deputy mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire.
Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing
she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven.
The first in the Paris Homicide series, The 7th Woman,
won France’s most prestigious crime fiction award
and went on to become an international bestseller,
allowing Molay to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children.

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Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.


What’s your favorite thriller set in France?



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