Murder on the Eiffel Tower

Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner. Unlike Peter King’s hansom cab driver, the bookseller as amateur detective is a popular character with Carolyn Hart’s Annie Darling being one of my favorites. So it should be no surprise when Victor Legris decides to investigate the mysterious death of a visitor to the Eiffel Tower during its opening at the 1889 World Exposition in Paris. As the bodies continue to fall, Legris becomes more and more concerned that one of the two people he most cares about could be involved or in danger. What secrets is his mentor and business partner, Kenji Mori, keeping from him? And why does his new romantic interest, the flame-haired Russian Tasha always seem to be present at the scene of each death?

Izner, the pseudonym of two French sisters, keeps the action moving along quite nicely and admirably captures the atmosphere of the City of Light at the end of the 19th century as only residents of the metropolis can. Legris bumbles around a bit too much, but does manage to put the pieces together in the end. As the series continues, there is hope for the relationships between Victor and Tasha and Victor and Kenji to become more interesting. The shop assistant, Joseph, was also a character with possibilities.

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