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First Sentence Jean Baptiste Adamsberg, sitting on a rock at the quayside, watched the Grimsey fishermen return with their daily catch as they moored their boats and hauled up their nets Spider bites can kill But three elderly men, living in one area, killed by a small reclusive spider seemsthan accidental to a member of Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg s team As information is gathered, Adamsberg decides to investigate, a decision that causes a rift within his team Running an unauth First Sentence Jean Baptiste Adamsberg, sitting on a rock at the quayside, watched the Grimsey fishermen return with their daily catch as they moored their boats and hauled up their nets Spider bites can kill But three elderly men, living in one area, killed by a small reclusive spider seemsthan accidental to a member of Inspector Jean Baptiste Adamsberg s team As information is gathered, Adamsberg decides to investigate, a decision that causes a rift within his team Running an unauthorized investigation and possibly losing his best friend and right hand man is a risk, but seeking justice is worth it What an interesting opening to have the protagonist, the former commissaire of the Paris Serious Crimes Squad, on a quay in Iceland Adamsberg s respite doesn t last long before he is called back to his team who knows him well Lieutenant Veyrenc knew that when the commissaire was in charge, the squad was like a tall sailing ship, sometimes with a brisk wind behind it, other times becalmed and its sails drooping, rather than a powerful speedboat churning up torrents of spray For those who have read previous books in the series, there is a feeling of coming home For those who have not, Vargas conveys the sense of the team members and their loyalty, from the very start And what a quirky team it is, filled with affection and respect, right down to the cat and Mathias, a character from her The Three Evangelists series It s interesting seeing Adamsberg go through the case and the evidence with the team, which adds veracity to the story The verbal exchanges often make one smile It s called Le Cur de Tours, The Priest of Tours Thank you, said Estal re warmly Still Balzac didn t bust a gut making up the title, did he Estal re, one doesn t say of Balzac that he didn t bust a gut As an historian and an eukaryotic archaeologist Vargas wrote a definitive work on the bubonic plague, and her knowledge certainly contributes to the story s plot There is certainly nothing usual or ordinary about this case to which Adamsberg is attracted, as well as the realism of having the squad workingthan the one case There are very good twists and an escalation in the depth of the crimes involved and in the tension within the team Yet it is all the characters, which are the core of the story, including Louise Chevier and Adamsberg s brother, a revelation in his own life, and the return of the imagery of a ship, which keeps us immersed in the story Vargas plays fair with the reader As Adamsberg begins to put the pieces together, so may we It is very difficult to quantify Vargas work She takes one into the world of the best, most unique police squad one will ever find although some similarities may be made to Christopher Fowler s Bryant and May team With This Poison Will Remain, Vargas has created a story filled with delightful imagery, a unique plot, and a truly touching ending For those who like the unusual and quirky, reading Vargas can be addictive THIS POISON WILL REMAIN PolProc Comm Adamsberg France Contemp Ex Vargas, Fred translator, Si n Reynolds 7th in series Harvill Secker Aug 2019 Thank you to the publisher for the free book gifted I recently finished my first mystery novel by French writer Fred Vargas, a CWA Dagger award winner As much as I love exploring the world of crime fiction, it boggles my mind that there s evento explore, if I could just read multiple languagesThis Poison Will Remain opens with the mysterious deaths of three elderly men, apparently from recluse spider bites Detective Adamsberg smells a murder, and he follows his instincts into the Thank you to the publisher for the free book gifted I recently finished my first mystery novel by French writer Fred Vargas, a CWA Dagger award winner As much as I love exploring the world of crime fiction, it boggles my mind that there s evento explore, if I could just read multiple languagesThis Poison Will Remain opens with the mysterious deaths of three elderly men, apparently from recluse spider bites Detective Adamsberg smells a murder, and he follows his instincts into the heart of a crime decades in the making Vargas does a brilliant job of handling horrific crimes in a factual, sensitive manner Her characters are quirky, and the book s humor reminded me of Louise Penny s dry, self deprecating wit At times I had trouble following the names and places set in France, but that s mostly my fault since I ve never been there Adamsberg is remarkable, in his deft maneuvering in tense relationships within his squad and his ability to pull together random strings of evidence into a clear explanation of events I m looking forward to rewinding back to book one in the series There are a lot of backstories I want to understand, and so much to process in each story 3,5.Not her best not at all but it felt so good to be back with these guys Best police squad ever The ultimate comfort read, I never want to get out of her words They feel comfy and reassuring like going back home after a long trip abroad Can t wait for the next one A police procedural set in France.Something of an 87 Precinct type vibe, although there is an ace investigator, who solves all of the mysteries There are several going on, but the main one is a group of old men who are dying from the poison of brown recluse spiders, which should be impossible.Very readable. Iceland appears to be the pays du jour for many crime writers these days Even France s finest can t resist sending her main protagonist Commisaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg to the remote island of Grimsey for the opening chapter of this novel The poor guy s phone falls in a pile of sheep dung and then is trodden upon by a ewe without malice, of course However, he is soon summoned back to Paris to solve the hit and run killing of the wife of a wealthy lawyer He does that with amazing alacrity Iceland appears to be the pays du jour for many crime writers these days Even France s finest can t resist sending her main protagonist Commisaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg to the remote island of Grimsey for the opening chapter of this novel The poor guy s phone falls in a pile of sheep dung and then is trodden upon by a ewe without malice, of course However, he is soon summoned back to Paris to solve the hit and run killing of the wife of a wealthy lawyer He does that with amazing alacrity as always, mystifying his rag tag team of detectives But, hardly has that case concluded, when he is drawn into the farcomplex mystery of the deaths of three old men, after they were bitten by recluse spiders.Following an unexpected meeting with a strange old lady, Adamsberg s investigations take him to the south of France, where he discovers a precedent to the deaths connected to this normally shy and harmless spider As to be expected with Adamsberg, both the crimes and his methods for solving them, are highly unconventional.No one writes quite like Fred Vargas Correction No one writes anything like Fred Vargas Her plotting is intricate, internally credible yet still totally bizarre Her fund of specialist knowledge is used to full effect without the aid of consultants she is, after all, a graduate in History, archaeology and zoology On top of this is a large cast of bizarre and highly memorable characters all overlaid with a wry, distinctly Gallic, sense of humour.I ve a feeling that she has a lot of fun writing these novels I certainly derive a lot of pleasure from reading them I love to read about Adamsberg and his team Every member is very weird but understood and each individual has their niche I love the details of Vargas s novels These feel like holy idiot stories always good for a smile. Following Adamsberg s train of thoughts is like peering through mists oneself, as he goes off from one tangent to another But despite some parallels to The Accordionist and despite guessing early on who the killer was, the storytelling remains masterful to deliver that gut punching ending Following Adamsberg s train of thoughts is like peering through mists oneself, as he goes off from one tangent to another But despite some parallels to The Accordionist and despite guessing early on who the killer was, the storytelling remains masterful to deliver that gut punching ending &READ E-PUB ↝ This Poison Will Remain ⇵ The exhilarating new Inspector Adamsberg novel from France s multi million copy bestselling queen of crime Adamsberg is one of my favourite fictional detectives Vargas is a wonderful writer ANN CLEEVESWhen three elderly men are poisoned, apparently by spider bites, everyone assumes that the deaths are tragic accidents But at police headquarters in Paris, Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far complex than first appearsIt isn t long before Adamsberg is pursuing a series of rumours and allegations that take him to the south of France, and the shocking events that occurred at La Mis ricorde orphanage, decades ago A spate of serious injuries there was linked to bites from the same local species, the recluse spiderAdamsberg is convinced that, through the haunting crimes of the past, he can prove that the men were victims of an ingenious serial killer His team, however, is not so sure This time, he must put his reputation on the line to trace the murderer before the death toll rises I was invited to read This Poison Will Remain and I m glad because I had never heard of the series or the author I m always up for a new murder mystery series to find and love particularly if there is an intriguing main character detective and police procedural bits In this case, I got to add the fact that this one is originally written in French and set in France with the quirky Commissaire Adamsberg and his eclectic police team on the illusive trail of a Recluse Spider and a series of murder I was invited to read This Poison Will Remain and I m glad because I had never heard of the series or the author I m always up for a new murder mystery series to find and love particularly if there is an intriguing main character detective and police procedural bits In this case, I got to add the fact that this one is originally written in French and set in France with the quirky Commissaire Adamsberg and his eclectic police team on the illusive trail of a Recluse Spider and a series of murders.It was fun exploring the world of French policework with this team based in Paris, but working the case along with the local law enforcement in the south of France The author doesn t stint on descriptions of food, setting or her characters Definitely not the book to read when you re hungry.I should back track a bit and say that This Poison Will Remain is the seventh release of the series in the US, but I think there might bein the French editions since GoodReads labels this one eleven in the series while Penguin US labels it seventh I believe they are a series of standalones since I had no trouble diving into this one.The book did start out with a different murder mystery that was wrapped up quickly and did the job of showcasing Adamsberg s interesting way of crime solving and policing, his odd intuitions that hone in on the perpetrator, and also his people in the unit and his relationship with them.Then things slowed way down for me as the long shot pursuit of the Recluse Spider deaths caught Adamsberg s eye It was all thought to be just normal deaths caused by spider bites until he felt a tingling that something was wrong and he dug deeper Intuition is a big thing with him.As it turned out, there was something to find at the back of the dark hole he dove into and it wasn t just a reclusive spider which, in France, are not nearly as deadly like the US s Brown Recluse This case wound out slowly and at times I got distracted, but there were some good red herrings and twists when all is said and done.It definitely had a different feel and a different rhythm to it so I never forgot that I was reading a translation Some of the time, I think the difference was the author s unique way of writing, but the rest of the time, I think it was because it was French I loved this and it was what I was excited about when I picked up the book knowing it was set in France and was by a French author All in all, I was glad to have gotten the opportunity and would definitely readof the series including the backlist I would recommend it for those who like police procedural, butof an armchair detective style.My thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt clue book with a male protagonist 2 pts Translated from French Commissaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg has been called back to Paris from Iceland to help in a murder investigation While working on the case, he becomes interested in the news story of 3 elderly men dying from a recluse spider bite Adamsberg is not satisfied with the explanation that the men died simply because they were elderly, and therefore not able to survive the bite He believes that the men were murdered.What follows is a very long investigation, with many twists, Translated from French Commissaire Jean Baptiste Adamsberg has been called back to Paris from Iceland to help in a murder investigation While working on the case, he becomes interested in the news story of 3 elderly men dying from a recluse spider bite Adamsberg is not satisfied with the explanation that the men died simply because they were elderly, and therefore not able to survive the bite He believes that the men were murdered.What follows is a very long investigation, with many twists, as Adamsberg s squad follows many leads that eventually fizzle out, before reaching the truth This was a fairly long book 400 pages , that was a little slow starting for me And the names Adamsberg s squad, all the victims, people from the past, name changes, etc added up to confusion at times, along with occasional French references or words that I had to look up But I enjoyed it very much.I noticed that this is actually the 11th book in the series, but I had no problem starting here He was in Iceland at the start of the book, and the narrative says He had forgotten that, not so long ago, he was a commissaire, the police chief in charge of the twenty seven officers of the Paris Serious Crime Squad So his reasons for being in Iceland were probably explained in book 10 I hope to check out some of the earlier books in the series as well