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The Widow Lerouge

Émile Gaboriau

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Providence is not working for you?"

He went out, and Noel, leaving his door open, listened to the sound of his footsteps as he descended the stairs. Almost immediately the cry of, "Open, if you please," and the banging of the door apprised him that M. Tabaret had gone out. He waited a few minutes and refilled his lamp. Then he took a small packet from one of his bureau drawers, slipped into his pocket the bank notes lent him by his old friend, and left his study, the door of which he double-locked. On reaching the landing, he paused. He listened intently as though the sound of Madame Gerdy's moans could reach him where he stood. Hearing nothing, he descended the stairs on tiptoe. A minute later, he was in the street.


Included in Madame Gerdy's lease was a coach-house, which was used by her as a lumber room. Here were heaped together all the old rubbish of the household, broken pieces of furniture, utensils p. . . Read More

Community Reviews

One of the earliest novels to develop deductive forensics. However, there is minimal content of this nature compare to plot narrative, characterisation and commentary. It is because of this that many people tend to ignore Gaboriau as a precursor to Conan Doyle and Poe. His investigator hero is a...more

Απλά άψογο. Με κράτησε μεχρι και τις τελευταίες σελιδες

Αν αναζητάτε ένα μυθιστόρημα με έντονη δράση, σασπένς, με αφηγηματικό λόγο σκληρό και ωμό, θα απογοητευτείτε.
Θυμηθείτε όμως, πως ένα βιβλίο αστυνομικής μυθιστορίας δεν είναι μόνο τα παραπάνω!

Δύο μέρες μετά τη Μαρντί Γκρα (γαλλικό καρναβάλι ) του 1862, ανακαλύπτεται το πτώμα της χήρας Κλοντίν Λερο...more

Ο μοναδικός πατέρας του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος είναι οι Δολοφονίες της οδού Μοργκ του Έντγκαρ Άλαν Πόε. Αν η Υπόθεση Λερούζ είχε γραφτεί σήμερα, θα λέγαμε πως είναι ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα όπου ο συγγραφέας τα έχει χαμένα. Ανήκει σ’ ένα άλλο είδος που εξελίχτηκε παράλληλα και προσομοιάζει...more

Entertaining who-dunnit. I enjoyed it immensely.

Probably my favorite of the old school French/Frenchified mysteries I've been reading on my recent kick. It's only kind of a mystery, like any good French novel of its era, it's mostly about upper class problems with money and marrying well.

Passionnant et très bien écrit.

Un peu long, laborieux et plein de détails que personne ne réclamait (Gaboriau est un peu balzacien, c'est comme ça l'époque), et il y en a trop de coïncidences, mais le tout reste drôlement ingénieux, ce qui est surprenant pour un roman qui est considéré le premier roman judiciaire et policier f...more

I purchased a 6-book collection for my kindle by this author, and this was the first in the list as well as the first mystery published by this French author in 1866. I won't be rushing to read the next in the lineup, but will hold off until something wakes me in the night and I need to read myse...more

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

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