A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery of 2008, this is the exceptional follow-up to Pierre Magnan’s highly acclaimed Death in the Truffle WoodLocal handyman Emile discovers an envelope addressed to a Mlle Veronique in a disused mailbox. Being a former postman, he dutifully purchases a stamp and mails the letter. But when the body of this same Mlle Veronique is soon found murdered, Commissaire Laviolette is coaxed out of retirement to solve one of the most bizarre crimes imaginable.
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Praise for the Commissaire Laviolette Mysteries“Stylish . . . a detective tale with a theme as old as Cain and Abel, as new as tomorrow’s headlines, and as eternal as the Greek myths that inspire Magnan’s fiction.”- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Messengers of Death“A pleasantly old-fashioned mystery thriller with quirky charm aplenty.”- Kirkus Reviews on The Messengers of Death“An intellectual feast . . . worthy of that other master of the French mystery, Georges Simenon. A winner.”- Richmond Times-Dispatch on Death in the Truffle Wood“Delightful, old-fashioned . . . wrapped in the rich atmosphere of 1960s Provence. The setting will draw in Peter Mayle fans, even if they are not regular mystery readers.”- Booklist on The Messengers of Death
Pierre Magnan is an award-winning French crime writer who publishes his novels to rave international reviews. The Messengers of Death is his second mystery in the Commissaire Laviolette series; his classic crime novel, The Murdered House, is forthcoming from Minotaur Books.