Book review: Vanda


by Marion Brunet.
was first published in 2020.
Translated from the French by
Katherine Gregor
Bitter Lemon Press
US release date 4/19/2022
Psychological thriller
Noir fiction
208 pages

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According to my experience with Marion Brunet’s previous novel, Summer of Reckoning, I was not expecting a rosy novel.
Here again in Vanda, we find the portrait of life and misery in France, but this time in Marseille, and focused on a mother and her son, struggling to survive among many difficulties. Click to continue reading


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: A Taste of Paris

Taste of Paris

A Taste of Paris:
A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food

David Downie is no stranger for all Paris lovers. A Parisian resident for several decades, you may have bumped into him or visited the city with him, through the custom walking tours he leads. If not, you may have read another of his books. As I enjoyed very much Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, I was thrilled to discover this one. Paris? Food? History? Could there be any better combo?



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