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The Woman of Mystery

Maurice Leblanc

Book Overview: 

In 1898, a young boy watches in horror as his father is stabbed to death by a mysterious woman wearing a black lace scarf and an ornate brooch, Years later, when he arrives with his new bride at the chateau that was part of her dowry, he sees in a portrait the face of his father's murderer, wearing the same black lace and brooch -- his wife's late mother. Then he himself is attacked by a man resembling that same woman. Torn between love and repulsion for his bride, and plagued by self doubt, he answers the call to arms as world war begins. And in that war lies the answer to questions that have tormented him since the night of the original murder

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . some days, which would have strengthened our operations against the left flank of the Germans.

So Corvigny had fallen; and the Château d'Ornequin, doubtless abandoned, as Paul himself hoped, by Jérôme and Rosalie, was now destroyed, pillaged and sacked with the methodical thoroughness which the Huns applied to their work of devastation. On this side, too, the furious horde were crowding precipitately.

Those were sinister days, at the end of August, the most tragic days perhaps that France has ever passed through. Paris was threatened, a dozen departments were invaded. Death's icy breath hung over our gallant nation.

It was on the morning of one of these days that[Pg 73] Paul heard a cheerful voice calling to him from a group of young soldiers behind him:

"Paul, Paul! I've got my way at last! Isn't it a stroke of luck?"

Those young soldiers were lads who had enlisted voluntarily and been drafted into the re. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Although this volume is listed as being in the Arsene Lupin series, it actually is not. Once I ceased wondering what the story had to do with Lupin, I really enjoyed it. Leblanc paints a wonderful tale of WWI in France, twined together with the mystery surrounding the murder of main character Paul's

J'ai bien aimé. L'auteur garde le suspens jusqu'à la fin.
J'ai lu la deuxième édition, celle où Arsène Lupin fait une courte apparition. Honnêtement, ce n'était pas nécessaire.

This was clearly written at the height of World War I. The Germans are demonized, the French are heroes, and the sickening violence of the war is evident. Lupin is only incidentally involved. In fact one wonders if this was originally a non-Lupin novel that was retrospectively put in to the canon. L

نبذة عن الكتاب:

لم ينسى الملازم الفرنسي [ بول ديلورز ] الحادثة التي أودت بأبيه قتيلًا أمام ناظريه، لم ينسى ملامح من ارتكب هذا الفعل الشنيع كانت كل تقاسيم هذا المجرم قابعة في ذاكرته.
كبر وعشق وتزوج، وفي ليلة زفافه من الانسانة التي عشقها، بدل أن يعيش معها أسعد لحظاته كانت أتعس لحظاته، بسبب الصورة التي

it was ok for the time it was written I guess - it hasn't age very well.

Paul Delroze vuole vendicare la morte del padre avvenuta sedici anni prima ma lo scoppio della Prima Guerra Mondiale gli mette i bastoni tra le ruote e così si risolve di combattere entrambe le battaglie nello stesso momento.
Nel complesso un buon romanzo nonostante alcuni passaggi più noiosi; il con

Stavolta è più un 4.5. Mi piace più Lupin nelle vesti di Lupin o con tutti i suoi travestimenti possibili ma non così. Comunque lettura veloce.

Cela change des aventures habituelles de Lupin vu qu'il n'y fait qu'une brève apparition.
Histoire passionnante sur temps de guerre franco-allemande.

Pas d'Arsene LUPIN dans celui-ci mais vraiment une intrigue haletante et des heros digne d'une grande fresque trafi-romantique.
Absolument a lire sans avoir besoin de lire les tomes precedents.

I spent half the book looking for Lupin and then I finally checked the other reviews to find it's really not a part of that series at all (though his name is mentioned once). On the whole, it was an interesting mystery, and it does read similar to Lupin.

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