Outstanding Henri Bencolin Chief Of Police Paris
Staged in a castle area near Koblinz on The Rhine just after WWI in a thundering storm, secret passages inside secret passages, mud, elegance, plot twists as devious as the secret chambers, Just one of the best Carr had to offer.
The book is a richly researched, colorful historical physical and moral description of late 1890's Paris revolving around an exact model of London's Jack The Ripper mystery case even down to the the well known legal outcome with enough Personalities Of The Times peppered throughout to draw in even more paragraphs on well researched history.
Interwoven in the often analyzed and researched real mystery is the Author's theme of the lack equality between the sexes in all things.
Three women of various diverse social backgrounds team to solve (or not) the mystery case of a Paris (maybe London too) Jack The Ripper; or,indeed is it a case of an Undefined International Cabal using Jack conceptual clones as urban terrorists? Since the author uses the: tell me what you are going to tell me, tell me, and tell me again writing style appropriate for presentations or research papers, three people combine to tell the same tale nine times.
The book adheres to the Jack The Ripper model to the degree there is no real or imagined outcome even for the fictional characters. Other Authors of this style have some kind of either happy, not so happy, or something the reader can relate to as "An Event or Events" at the end of the book allowing the reader some degree of temporary at least satisfaction at having read the book.
An extensive study guide is included at the end of the book so it must be a repetitious research paper because it surely is not a mystery.