• This latest outing for the offbeat Commissaire Adamsberg is [Vargas'] best

  • After decades in which crime fiction in French was dominated by the Belgian author Georges Simenon, it has an indisputable new star in Fred Vargas

    Joan Smith, Sunday Times
  • Vargas depicts brilliantly a rural community riven with superstition, where class distinctions have existed for centuries

    The Times
  • An early contender for outstanding crime novel of the year

    Sunday Times
  • A glorious mix of myth, quirky observation and gallic humour

    Sunday Telegraph

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