Murder on the Eiffel Tower

Book review and opinion


The novel Murder on the Eiffel Tower was written by Claude Izner in the Victor Legris Series, in 2007, and is a Crime Fiction novel. It has won numerous prizes and so has the author throughout his life.

Here is the book "blurb"

The brand-new, shiny Eiffel Tower is the pride and glory of the 1889 World Exposition. But one sunny afternoon, as visitors are crowding the viewing platforms, a woman collapses and dies on this great Paris landmark. Can a bee sting really be the cause of death? Or is there a more sinister explanation? Enter young bookseller Victor Legris. Present on the tower at the time of the incident, and appalled by the media coverage of the occurence, he is determined to ?nd out what actually happened. In this dazzling evocation of late nineteenth-century Paris, we follow Victor as his investigation takes him all over the city and he suspects an ever-changing list of possible perpetrators. Could mysterious Kenji Mori, his surrogate father and business partner at the bookstore Legris operates, be involved in the crime? Why are beautiful Russian illustrator Tasha and her colleagues at the newly launched sensationalist newspaper Passepartout always up-to-date in their reporting? And what will Legris do when the deaths begin to multiply and he is caught in a race against time?
Here is the cover of the book

My Book Summary

The story starts when there is the aunt of three children and she is taking them up the tower. When they get to the top, she starts to feel tired and goes to sit on a bench. Suddenly, a bee lands on her neck and stings her, she dies instantly.

Young bookseller Victor Legris, is taking part in selling the new newspaper "le passe partout " and they were up there when the incident happened so they got the news sent out quickly, and people bought their newspaper. The story talks about the life of Victor, his Japanese "father", Tasha the illustrator for the newspaper, and how they deal with the mystery...

My Opinion

Even though I didn't read upto the crucial part of the mystery, there were no obvious clues which made the reader perceive what might happen and how the mystery was resolved which means that the writer is very clever and decisive when writing this novel. I enjoyed this book to some extent and sometimes, the book was truly boring and this led to me reading it really slowly and tiredly. Overall, this is a book I would not read again (because who reads books twice anyway?) and I didn't really enjoy this. 4/10