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The Fig Eater
The Fig Eater
Author: Jody Shields
"It is hot, unusually hot for the end of August. Someone has murdered a young woman. -- They find no objects, no obvious clues around her. -- They'll search the area again tomorrow during the day, when there is better light." — Vienna, 1910 -- Freud's Vienna, a city of horse-drawn carriages and masked balls, gaslit cafes and Bie...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316785266
ISBN-10: 0316785261
Publication Date: 3/6/2001
Pages: 311
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 126 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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gsisk avatar reviewed The Fig Eater on + 180 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Dora, a young woman (based on Sigmund Freud's famous patient), is found murdered in one of Vienna's parks. The inspector pursues the murderer using logic and observing the witnesses; his wife, together with her friend Wally, also embarks on solving the crime, but using opposite methods.

This is a great read, Vienna in 1910 really comes to life.

Note: If you've been to Vienna and have visited the famous cafes, don't read this on an empty stomach! The inspector's wife and her friend frequently meet in coffeehouses, ordering fabulous desserts.
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Helpful Score: 9
Very very very very very very boooorrrrinnngg. Sweet God. Skip this snoozefest and read Caleb Carr instead. Blah!
reviewed The Fig Eater on + 45 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Vienna 1910--This book feels like it was written in the early 20th century. Mystery, romance, Sigmund Freud--what more could you ask for?
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Helpful Score: 6
A very unusual and original book about a murdered woman and the hunt for her killer. I enjoyed it immensely.
MyLikeIt avatar reviewed The Fig Eater on + 450 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Here's a fascinating historical mystery. Fiction, but populated by real and composite figures from 1910 Vienna. A smart, enjoyable read.
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