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Casanova and the Faceless Woman by Olivier Barde-Cabucon, Louise Lalaurie Rogers

Casanova and the Faceless Woman

Olivier Barde-Cabucon, Louise Lalaurie Rogers

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2 reviews

Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 28 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781782274537

1759: Outside the gates of the magnificent Versailles palace, the city of Paris sits mired in squalor and crime. One night a young woman's body is found with ghastly mutilations that shock onlookers to the core. SPIES ARE ALL AROUND The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths begins investigating this macabre outrage, but the clues he uncovers draw him into a deadly web of intrigue, and bring him face-to-face with notorious adventurer and seducer, Giacomo Casanova.

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
24 Mar 2019

"Barde-Cabuçon not only produces a satisfying mystery story but also successfully captures the febrile atmosphere of a society where the ancien regime is under threat "

The French writer Olivier Barde-Cabuçon has written seven novels featuring the Chevalier de Volnay, the so-called Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths in Louis XV’s Paris. Casanova and the Faceless Woman, the first to be translated into English (by Louise Rogers Lalaurie), is an entertaining introduction to the series... Barde-Cabuçon not only produces a satisfying mystery story but also successfully captures the febrile atmosphere of a society where the ancien regime is under threat from the emerging ideas of the Enlightenment.

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4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
22 Mar 2019

"A splendid mystery with an appealingly enigmatic protagonist"

Paris in 1759 is a city in turmoil, where the rich and powerful are cheek-by-jowl – and, in the case of the jaded and salacious monarch, sometimes even closer – with the poor. When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered, Volnay’s investigation brings him into contact not only with the eponymous lothario but also with the warring factions at court and a secret society that aims to overthrow the crown. A splendid mystery with an appealingly enigmatic protagonist, plenty of melodrama and intrigue, and a vivid, pungent evocation of a turbulent time.