Title: Baudelaire’s Revenge
Author: Bob Van Laerhoven
Genre: Historical mystery
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
Number of pages: 267
First line: Life and death had taught Commissioner Lefevre to love poetry and wenches, and in spite of his fifty-three years, he still wasn’t certain which of the two he admired most.
Goodreads blurb: It is 1870, and Paris is in turmoil.
As the social and political turbulence of the Franco-Prussian War roils the city, workers starve to death while aristocrats seek refuge in orgies and seances. The Parisians are trapped like rats in their beautiful city but a series of gruesome murders captures their fascination and distracts them from the realities of war. The killer leaves lines from the recently deceased Charles Baudelaire’s controversial anthology Les Fleurs du Mal on each corpse, written in the poet’s exact handwriting. Commissioner Lefevre, a lover of poetry and a veteran of the Algerian war, is on the case, and his investigation is a thrilling, intoxicating journey into the sinister side of human nature, bringing to mind the brooding and tense atmosphere of Patrick Susskind’s Perfume. Did Baudelaire rise from the grave? Did he truly die in the first place? The plot dramatically appears to extend as far as the court of the Emperor Napoleon III.
A vivid, intelligent, and intense historical crime novel that offers up some shocking revelations about sexual mores in 19th century France, this superb mystery illuminates the shadow life of one of the greatest names in poetry.
Thanks to the folks at Historical Fiction Book Tours, I have a copy of Baudelaire’s Revenge to give away to one of my readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:
~ One entry per person, please.
~ This giveaway is open to readers in the US only.
~ To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 11th. On Saturday, July 12th, I will use Random.org to draw one winner.