The Messengers of Death

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In a sleepy Provencal village, retired postman Emile Pencenat is busy digging his own grave when he spots an unstamped letter in the cemetery's disused postbox, addressed to a Madamoiselle Champourcieux. He dutifully posts the letter. When the body of this same Madamoiselle is later discovered - pinned to her piano with an ancient bayonet - Commissaire Laviolette is coaxed out of retirement to solve one of the most bizarre crimes imaginable.

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"A unique and disturbing summer read... Pierre Magnan is a complete original" ( Sunday Times)

"The author has developed a cunning sleight-of-hand in thrusting a key clue under the reader's nose, yet disguising it. Veteran reader of crime fiction though I am, I didn't guess correctly. But the atmosphere is most to be relished. The lavishly complicated plot unfolds among spine-tingling descriptions of remote Provence" (Jane Jakeman Independent)

"From real to surreal...This quirky story of avarice and vengeance in rural France unfolds with all the charm of a slightly puzzling art house french movie" (Carla McKay Daily Mail)

"Crime fiction for those with a soul and a dark sense of humour" ( Independent on Sunday)

"Magnan chronicles the hidden passions seething below the apparently idyllic surface of rural life [in a style] closer to Flaubert than Midsomer Murders" ( Daily Telegraph)

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Translated from the French by Patricia Clancy

Strongly atmospheric thriller set, like all Magnan's work, in Provence, and featuring his engaging detective, Commissaire Laviolette.

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Book Description Vintage. Book Condition: New. Emile is in a cemetery, designing his own tomb. In a postbox by the gate, he discovers an envelope addressed to a Mlle Veronique Champourcieux. He is puzzled, but, he purchases a stamp and posts the letter. When the body of this same Mlle Veronique is later discovered, Commissaire Laviolette has to solve one of the most bizarre crimes imaginable. Translator(s): Clancy, Patricia. Num Pages: 320 pages. BIC Classification: FHD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 197 x 133 x 22. Weight in Grams: 230. . 2007. New Ed. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780099470199

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