• "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