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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

I’ve been meaning to read some books by the Gaboriau for some time. I had heard that Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character was, at least partly, based on Gaboriau’s Detective Lecoq. It turns out that in _The Lerouge Case_ Lecoq is a minor character. He is a junior detective and is mentioned bri...more

J'ai vraiment aimé ce livre, la prose est un plaisir à lire. Côté mystère : je me doutais bien de qui était le coupable à la moitié du livre et même du revirement que j'imagine se voulait spectaculaire au moment de l'écriture. Ceci dit, j'ai douté de mes conclusions jusqu'au moment où le tout est...more

The Lerouge Case is the first published Lecoq story and Lecoq is learning about crime detection from Tabaret. Monsieur Lecoq was published three years later and recounts Lecoq's first case.

The Widow Lerouge has been missing. When her neighbours request the assistance of the local gendarmes, her m...more

2, 5 étoiles

Il s'agit pour moi d'une lecture de cours que j'ai faite en retard, donc en connaissant tous les rebondissements révélés par le professeur dans son analyse : pour un roman policier, ce n'est pas l'idéal... Néanmoins, j'ai apprécié découvrir l'un des premiers textes français du genre e...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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