The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

This is just the second Fred Vargas book which I have read and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t like it as much as the first book I read of hers which was called The Three Evangelists.

The Chalk Circle Man was first published in France in 1996 but it wasn’t published in Britain till 2009 and it won The Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger.

Mysterious blue chalk circles have begun to appear on the streets of Paris and Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the newly appointed Commissaire of the police headquarters in the 5th arondissement is taking it seriously.

Who is drawing them and why? Sometimes there are objects in the middle of the circles, normal street debris like corks and lost objects but it isn’t long before the whole thing takes a much more sinister turn.

I found this still to be well worth reading although it’s one of her earliest books. It is part of her Adamsberg series but I think I’m more drawn to her Three Evangelists series. Whatever, I’ll be reading more.

2 thoughts on “The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

    • TracyK,
      I gave this one a 3 on Goodreads but it should really have been a 2.5 I think. I’ll be looking out for the second one on the strength of your review. Thanks.

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