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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Vargas Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Commissaire Adamsberg Mysteries Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781101630617
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A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA’s International Dagger Award

More than ten million copies of Fred Vargas’s Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide. Now, American readers are getting hooked on the internationally bestselling author’s unsettling blend of crime and the supernatural.

            As the chief of police in Paris’s seventh arrondissement, Commissaire Adamsberg has no jurisdiction in Ordebec. Yet, he cannot ignore a widow’s plea. Her daughter Lina has seen a vision of the Ghost Riders with four nefarious men. According to the thousand-year-old legend, the vision means that the men will soon die a grisly death. When one of them disappears, Adamsberg races to Ordebec, where he becomes entranced by the gorgeous Lina—and embroiled in the small Normandy town’s ancient feud.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Vargas’s] mysteries are darkly whimsical—magical realism with its feet on the ground in a highly entertaining French way.”

    Washington Post

  • “Prodigious.”


  • “Exquisite…only Christopher Fowler’s Peculiar Crimes Unit can compare with the Paris policeman’s eccentric colleagues in the Serious Crime Squad, who include a narcoleptic, a walking encyclopedia, and a naturalist…Vargas’ combination of humor and fair-play plotting, reminiscent of John Dickson Carr, has never been better.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Commissaire Adamsberg is a quirky Parisian chief of police with a team of dedicated colleagues, each with unique skills and idiosyncrasies. In this seventh series entry…the commissaire employs unorthodox methods to ensure that truth, not politics, prevails. Making new acquaintances in town, including the Comte d’Ordebec, Adamsberg relies upon these new allies as well as his own team to settle matters far more complex than initially presented. Verdict: Although this novel can stand alone, readers might appreciate gaining insight and growing attached to the characters if they become part of the team from the start…Vargas is a three-time CWA International Dagger Award winner and her tale of this quirky-but-qualified band of misfits makes for a page-turning summer read.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Commissaire Adamsberg ventures out of his Parisian jurisdiction to investigate a crime as offbeat as he is…Adamsberg’s brilliance and outsider’s perspective prove invaluable in untangling the intricate puzzle, whose components include village history, sugar cubes, and a running boar. Lively dialogue, well-defined characters, and a sophisticated sense of humor add up to delightfully intelligent entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2013 CWA International Dagger Award
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About the Author

Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. A historian and archaeologist by profession, she is now a bestselling novelist. Vargas was the winner of the inaugural British Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for her novel The Three Evangelists. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 45 languages.

About the Narrator

David Rintoul, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a stage and television actor from Scotland. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.