This Poison Will Remain: Commissaire Adamsberg by Fred Vargas – Review

This Poison Will RemainThis Poison Will Remain (Commissaire Adamsberg #11) by Fred Vargas –  A murder in Paris brings Commissaire Adamsberg out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation and unexpectedly into the region of Nîmes, where three old men have died of spider bites. The recluse has a sneaky attack, but is that enough to explain the deaths of these men, all killed by the same venom?

At the National Museum of Natural History, Adamsberg meets a pensioner who tells him that two of the three octogenarians have known each other since childhood, when they lived in a local orphanage called The Mercy. There, they had belonged to a small group of violent young boys known as the “band of recluses.” Adamsberg faces two obstacles: the third man killed by the same venom was not part of the “band of recluses,” and the amount of spider venom necessary to kill doesn’t add up.

Yet after the Nîmes deaths, more members of the old band succumb to recluse bites, leading the commissaire to uncover the tragedy hidden behind the walls of the orphanage. 

Publisher: Penguin Books (August 20, 2019)
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction
ISBN-10: 0143133667 ISBN-13: 978-0143133667

Fred VargasAbout the author: (from Amazon.com) Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is a historian and archaeologist. She worked at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which she joined in 1988. She later joined the Institut Pasteur, as a eukaryotic archaeologist. She mostly writes police thrillers (policiers). They take place in Paris and feature the adventures of Chief Inspector Adamsberg and his team. Her interest in the Middle Ages is manifest in many of her novels, especially through the person of Marc Vandoosler, a young specialist in the period. Seeking Whom He May Devour was shortlisted by the British Crime Writers’ Association for the last Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year, and the following year The Three Evangelists won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie International Dagger. She also won the award for the second year-running with Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand.

Review of This Poison Will Remain

This Poison Will Remain is the first book that I have read by author Fred Vargas.  I had never heard of the series or the author and love a good murder mystery. While this is part of the Commissaire Adamsberg series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel. I must admit that after reading This Poison Will Remain, I now what to read other books in the series. The characters are intriguing with complicated backstories that help to add an intense element to the storyline. It was captivating exploring the world of French policework with this team based in Paris.  This Poison Will Remain is a fast-paced intense non-stop action with multilayers of crime-fighting and the fear of the unknown.  I look forward to reading more in the series and the author. **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.**

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