Book review: Rider on the Rain

Rider on the Rain

Rider on the Rain,
by Sébastien Japrisot
Translated by Linda Coverdale
Gallic Books
US publication date 10/5/2021
Le Passager de la pluie
was first published in French in 1969
160 pages
French mystery / Classic

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Last month, when I presented the book Trap for Cinderella by Sébastien Japrisot, I highlighted the fact that it was a bit confusing at times. Today, I am delighted to review another book  by Japrisot:  Rider on the rain. This one has a more straight line plot and it is really excellent. Click to continue reading

Book review: Trap for Cinderella

Trap For Cinderella

Trap For Cinderella,
by Sébastien Japrisot
Translated by Helen Weaver
Gallic Books
US publication date 9/7/2021
Piège pour Cendrillon
was first published in French in 1962
176 pages
French mystery / Classic

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After the recent re-translation of many books by Georges Simenon (his Maigret series) in English, it looks like French classic thrillers are getting hot these days. And I am so delighted, as there are so many forgotten gems.
It’s now Sébastien Japrisot’s turn, with three upcoming new publications by Gallic Books.

Today, I’m thrilled to present Trap For Cinderella, which might be one of the most characteristic thrillers by this novelist, even though his most famous is probably A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles), because of the movie based on it. Click to continue reading

Book review: The Inugami Curse

The Inugami Curse

The Inugami Curse,
by Seishi Yokomizo
Translated by Yumiko Yamazaki
Pushkin Vertigo
6/2/2020
犬神家の一族
was first published in Japanese in 1972
336 pages
Japanese mystery / Classic

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Seishi Yokomizo (1902-1981) is one of Japan’s most famous mystery writers, best known for his 77 (!!) books of the Kosuke Kindaichi series. The Inugami Curse (also published as The Inugami Clan) is volume six in the original series in Japanese, and volume two in the English translation. Click to continue reading