Pleasant confinement reading: the excellent Hamish Macbeth series, by M. C. Beaton. I have chosen to illustrate here the second volume, Death of a cad, but the whole series is excellent. These are wodunit, Agatha Christie style crime novels. A murder, suspects in a closed environment, the investigation and the deductions of an unlikely detective.
Signing session at the Fnac bookshop in Le Havre
postponed to next June
Excellent novel! When will we read the sequel?
I was impressed above all by the enormity of the work required for Terre australe, "as a connoisseur" since I am a historian myself, but also of course for its interest and attractiveness to the cultivated public at large. I wish the work all the success it deserves and look forward to its continuation!
(...) The scientific adventure of Nicolas Baudin and his companions is exceptional. The scientific contribution of the expedition was immense and significantly developed Western knowledge of the world's fauna and flora.
This first volume describes well the atmosphere of preparation for the expedition and the excitement of these explorers who were destined to live a fabulous adventure.
Despite a busy day, I had the pleasure (and it was) of reading a little bit of Terre Australe. (...) I really like your work; you've joined the ranks of authors like Mary Renault and CS Forester, not to mention Patrick O'Brian.
(...) This book is very well documented. The author has a specialised knowledge of 18th century ships. The whole novel is an exciting manual for preparing for a scientific expedition to the far side of the world during Bonaparte's time. Everything is there, with a lot of humour to avoid being too boring. The evocation of Mauritius is a real pleasure.
(...) First of all, I found that the manner and the narrative voice were perfectly suited to the subject and the time. The evocation of Paris of those years, the life on board the ships, the interspersed stories of Surcouf and Baudin... all this is told with eloquence. And what a fabulous vocabulary!
A marine novel that reminds us of Patrick O'Brian's inspiration. Multiple characters, and very well portrayed: Baudin, Surcouf, Jussieu and many others. An obviously in-depth historical research. The scene of Surcouf boarding the Kent in the middle of the Indian Ocean is incredible. A real great adventure novel.