Hardback This poison will remain / Fred Vargas ; translated from the French by Siân Reynolds.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 1787300501 9781787300507 (hbk.) :
When three elderly men are poisoned, apparently by spider bites, everyone assumes that the deaths are tragic accidents. But at police headquarters in Paris, Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far more complex than first appears. It isn't long before Adamsberg is pursuing a series of rumours and allegations that take him to the south of France, and the shocking events that occurred at La Miséricorde orphanage, decades ago. A spate of serious injuries there was linked to bites from the same local species, the recluse spider. Adamsberg is convinced that, through the haunting crimes of the past, he can prove that the men were victims of an ingenious serial killer.
Original title: Quand sort la recluse. English
Series title: The Inspector Adamsberg series
409 pages ; 24 cm.
It's the usual Fred Vargas mixture of quirky characterisation, cod psychology, mysticism and a cleverly constructed plot and solution dependent on elements of Adamsberg's and/or his squad's previous lives. Some readers may find it just too silly, but it's a lot of fun and will keep you guessing right up to the end. For fans there is even a guest appearance from one of the characters of Fred's other series, The Three Evangelists.