The Fig Eater Author:Jody Shields This is a Quality Paperback Book Club Advance Reader's Edition. — Vienna, 1910. On a hot August night, an eighteen-year-old girl named Dora is found brutally murdered in the Volksgarten park. The crime is being investigated by the Inspector, newly schooled in rationalist criminology. Meanwhile, his Hungarian wife, Erszebet, who lives by Gypsy ... more »superstition, becomes obsessed with the murder. Erszebet and Wally, a teenage English governess, secretly conduct a parallel investigation based on their female intuition. They are certain that the figs found in Dora's stomach during the autopsy are the clue to the identity of the murderer--for there are no fresh figs in Vienna at this time of year.
This gorgeously visual first novel is rich with detail about Vienna and Gypsy folklore, and filled with luscious descriptions of food, photography, and botany; perverse medical practices, and sexual secrets.« less