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Monsieur Lecoq Part 2: The Honor of the Name

Monsieur Lecoq Part 2: The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau
By: (1832-1873)

Monsieur Lecoq is a captivating mystery, historical and love story:
Around 11 o'clock, on the evening of Shrove Sunday 18.., close to the old Barrière d'Italie, frightful cries, coming from Mother Chupin's drinking-shop, are heard by a party of detectives led by Inspector Gévrol.

The squad runs up to it. A triple murder has just been committed. The murderer is caught on the premises.

Despite Gévrol's opinion that four scoundrels encountered each other in this vile den, that they began to quarrel, that one of them had a revolver and killed the others, Lecoq, a young police agent, suspects a great mystery.

In this second book (out of two) we go back in time to that dark period of French history. Little by little, the key to the mystery murder is unveiled.

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By Emile Gaboriau



On the first Sunday in the month of August, 1815, at ten o'clock precisely as on every Sunday morning the sacristan of the parish church at Sairmeuse sounded the three strokes of the bell which warn the faithful that the priest is ascending the steps of the altar to celebrate high mass.

The church was already more than half full, and from every side little groups of peasants were hurrying into the church yard. The women were all in their bravest attire, with cunning little fichus crossed upon their breasts, broad striped, brightly colored skirts, and large white coifs.

Being as economical as they were coquettish, they came barefooted, bringing their shoes in their hands, but put them on reverentially before entering the house of God.

But few of the men entered the church. They remained outside to talk, seating themselves in the porch, or standing about the yard, in the shade of the century old elms.

For such was the custom in the hamlet of Sairmeuse.

The two hours which the women consecrated to prayer the men employed in discussing the news, the success or the failure of the crops; and, before the service ended, they could generally be found, glass in hand, in the bar room of the village inn... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 4, 2013
Subject: Mind-boogling
Fifty-four chapters of back story and M. Lecoqinly appears in the last 2 chapters. Granted, it ties up the loose ends presented in the first part, but I don't think I would have stayed with it in hard copy. The reader (Tony Oliva) does a very good job, especially with French verbiage and different voices. He gets 5 stars. The author weaves a tale going back several generations with more story lines than I'd care to enumerate. If you're dying to know how the hanging threads in the first part of the two and you have plenty of time on your hands (and aren't snowed in as I am...well, almost) it's chewing gum for the mind and can kill some time; no, not SOME time, but a LOT of time. All in all, I've listened to worse readings. Take it for what it's worth.
Reviewer: - February 27, 2013
Good story...not so good readers

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