The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg Series #7)

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Commissaire Adamsberg Series #7)


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ISBN-13: 9780143123125
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Series: Commissaire Adamsberg Series , #7
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 505,014
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Fred Vargas is an archaeologist, a historian, and an internationally bestselling author. She lives in Paris.

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Advance Praise for The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

“Exquisite… only Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crimes Unit can compare with the Paris policeman's eccentric colleagues in the Serious Crime Squad, who include a narcoleptic, a walking encyclopedia, and a naturalist…Vargas's combination of humor and fair-play plotting, reminiscent of John Dickson Carr, has never been better.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Fred Vargas and her Commissaire Adamsberg Mysteries 

“A wildly imaginative series.”—The New York Times
“Spry, ironic, yet fully engaged with the horror of contemporary reality”—Los Angeles Times
 “It's a full, rich and strange plate.” — Seattle Times
“[A] high degree of intelligence, sophistication and perversity informs [Vargas’] fiction…I continue to be delighted by the workings of [her] imagination. It’s a tangled web she weaves, and a hard one to escape.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
“Bizarre crimes drive Vargas…who’s won the CWA International Dagger three times, [and] keeps her zany plot under tight control all the way to the surprising finish.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Few crime stories are as apt to leave a reader wondering so ardently: Who dunnit?...Vargas’ characters are like something out of a fairy tale – eternal opposites, ever-renewing archetypes despite their fresh adventures each time. That’s why each novel’s opening feels new.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Vargas writes with the startling imagery and absurdist wit of a latter-day Anouilh, about fey characters who live in a wonderful bohemian world that never was but should have been.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Anyone who enjoys kooky characters and intricate detail will happily follow Vargas along.” – Entertainment Weekly
 “Readers should settle in to be unsettled. Delight is found not so much in the details of plot as in the oddities of character. The crime, the suspects, and the commissaire are all pleasantly off-kilter and equally baffling. A definite pick for Francophile mystery buffs who also enjoy Georges Simenon's Maigret series and Pierre Magnan (Death in the Truffle Wood).”—Library Journal
“As droll and fascinating as la ville lumière itself.”—Kirkus Reviews  
“Adamsberg, always an intuitive sleuth rather than a rational one, is the perfect hero for a series where reality is always a moving target.”—Booklist
“Vargas is, by some distance, the hottest property in contemporary crime fiction.” – The Guardian (London)
“Vargas’ characters inhabit a world where reason and myth collide, and the result is a thrilling read.”—Sunday Times (London)
 “Vargas [is] beyond doubt a cool, clever, original and deeply humane crime writer.” – The Times Literary Supplement (London)
“It is enthralling and great fun from start to finish…all done with great nerve, wit and invention.” – The Scotsman (Scotland)
“Only one’s dreams after a champagne-fuelled night at the Follies Bergere have quite the same nightmarish-but-entertaining quality as Vargas’s delightful crime novels.” – The Sunday Telegraph (London)
“[Vargas is] one of the most exciting, addictive and inventive purveyor of classy crime fiction currently pounding the publishing beat.”— Independent on Sunday
“I’d recommend any and all of Fred Vargas’ detective stories…Vargas has a particular respect for misfits and failures. I admire her humour and her sense of pace.” –The Observer (London)

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The Ghost Riders of Ordebec 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jerevien More than 1 year ago
Such good writing and meandering stories. The Ghost Riders tale takes us into rural areas of France where old legends still take hold once in a while. Vargas again makes us believe in using our minds to figure out the who and the why of a crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate to see the series end. Enjoyed very book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago