Welcome to my stop for Crossing the Line, book 2 Frédérique Molay’s Paris Homocide procedural series, translated from the original French by Anne Trager. Please be sure to check the other tour stops, read the excerpt here and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be one of the winners of 5 copies Print (US Only) or 5 digital copies (International) of Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay.
Nico Sirsky is back and hits the ground running (literally and figuratively) after his protracted leave while recovering from a gunshot. A touch restless and ready to reclaim his position in the Chief’s office at the Parisian headquarters. Life is better now than it was in our first encounter, his relationship with his ex-wife is settled, and his teenaged son is now living with him full-time, giving him a sense of family and connection to the boy that he worried was damaged irreparably during the divorce.
Caroline is also much more of a presence in this book, and her character is far more developed: the relationship with Nico is developing and solidifying: she still has her own residence, but she spends more time with Nico and Dmitri. While the relationships take a less prominent role than in the previous book, they are used to great effect to ground Nico, keep him a bit more ‘real’, showing the layers and worries that often interrupt his thoughts.
It is coming up on Christmas, and dental students who use donated cadavers for practice and learning come upon a note in a filling. Simply etched on the plastic are the words, “I was murdered”. Not sure if this was a prank or portent of more, the toothy note pushes the current investigation of a massive jewel theft to the back burner. Determining if the message was actually truth, or simply a strange suicide, Nico begins to uncover a series of clues that seem to connect several murders, and the twists just keep on coming.
Molay does manage to keep readers intrigued with increasingly unusual clues, twists and some tension back in the office with other members of Nico’s team. Life has continued on, despite a new baby for one officer and a spouse’s death, scrambling for moments to prepare for the holiday, and the ever-present search for a killer. Honest and gritty descriptions are not always for the faint of heart, and for readers who enjoy procedurals, this mystery will keep them satisfied. Most certainly a read in one sitting title, but I did need the lights on later.
Title: Crossing the Line
Author: Frédérique Molay
Series: Paris Homicide #2
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Published by: Le French Book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 51 minutes
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It’s Christmas in Paris and Chief of Police Nico Sirsky has an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong with the case he’s investigating. He and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down.
Just how far can despair push a man?
How clear is the line between good and evil?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.