Claude Izner

Murder on the Eiffel Tower

""The reader can sense in the writing that this period in the wonderful city of Paris is a passion for the writer." "


On a cloudy May day, crowds await the arrival of Buffalo Bill to Paris. Among the crowds is a man called Jean Mering who stands to catch a glimpse of his hero while he visits the Exposition. Suddenly, Jean feels what can only be described as a bee sting on his neck. The next moment he is losing consciousness and is soon dead on the station platform.

Some weeks later, on a hot June day, Eugenie Patinot is taking her niece and two nephews to the brand new Eiffel Tower, home to the 1889 Universal Exposition. As the children enjoy themselves, Eugenie melts in the heat and has to take a seat. When the children return – she is dead – from a bee sting. Soon, a bookshop owner named Victor Legris is caught up in the drama that claims even more victims. Victor's loyalties are stretched as the man he calls his father and a woman he has fallen in love with court his suspicion as the drama unfolds.

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The author has certainly done his homework on the 1889 Universal Exposition. The reader can sense in the writing that this period in the wonderful city of Paris is a passion for the writer. Izner conveys a strong sense of the heat of the month of June - and the stress of the women as they try to live lives whilst having to deal with strangulating corsets in unbearable temperatures. The men don't have it much easier – being obliged to wear heavy suits every day. I loved the character of Kenji, who is very mysterious. and I hope that more of his past will unfold as the novels progress. This story is populated with many colourful characters. Victor is a weak character who seems to be trying to please everyone whilst searching for the maniacal killer on the streets of Paris. The plot is exciting and the whole story raced away nicely. This was an enjoyable introduction to this author. I look forward to the next saga in Victor's life.

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