The Missing Italian Girl

The Missing Italian Girl On a sultry night in June Pyotr Ivanovich Balenov a young Russian and two young women transport a dead man through the narrow streets of a working class neighborhood in northeastern Paris They

  • Title: The Missing Italian Girl
  • Author: Barbara Pope
  • ISBN: 9781605984087
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On a sultry night in June 1897, Pyotr Ivanovich Balenov, a young Russian, and two young women transport a dead man through the narrow streets of a working class neighborhood in northeastern Paris They throw the body into the canal and the girls flee to the Latin Quarter to hide with one of the Russian s anarchist comrades They do not realize they, too, are being watcheOn a sultry night in June 1897, Pyotr Ivanovich Balenov, a young Russian, and two young women transport a dead man through the narrow streets of a working class neighborhood in northeastern Paris They throw the body into the canal and the girls flee to the Latin Quarter to hide with one of the Russian s anarchist comrades They do not realize they, too, are being watched Their subsequent disappearance and the violent acts that follow will set Clarie Martin, a teacher and mother of a toddler, and her husband, magistrate Bernard Martin last seen in Cezanne s Quarry and The Blood of Lorraine on a dangerous quest to rescue them from a vicious killer.

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    1. This is a beautifully done historical mystery by a wonderful writer who pays close attention to historical accuracy and just knows how to spin an exciting, elegantly crafted mystery. This is one of the classiest mysteries I have read in a long time. In June of 1897 in Paris, a young Russian man named Pyotr sneaks out into the dark sultry night, accompanied by two Italian sisters Maura and Angela, to transport and dispose of a man's body. Pyotr is a young idealistic man who promotes fair pay and [...]

    2. Detailed and accurate description of end of century Paris conditions and politics, the evolution of women's consciousness, strong and realistic characters. Describes the pressures on progressives trying to build a middle class life in a society rife with class oppression.Readers should also seek out the first two books in this series.

    3. First I would like to say I received this book through the giveaway.This book took me a little bit to get into. but once I did I kept wanting to read so I knew all that was happening. I do wish I had read the first two previous books before this one. I will have to put the other two on my to read list.Once I have read the first two I will have to read this book again. The thought and detail in this book of the time, events, end of the century Paris, the characters are so well written. This book [...]

    4. I almost gave the book four stars instead of five because the author portrays anarchists and socialists as kindhearted saints which they all were not. Once I overcame this and focused on the writing - it is first rate. The story takes place in late nineteenth century Paris and is about - guess what - a missing Italian girl. The main character besides the girl is an upper class Parisian woman who has to overcome biases against women and the poor to eventual lead to the unraveling of the mystery. [...]

    5. Fascinating story set in 1897 Paris, an unlikely friendship between a progressive school teacher (Charie) and a cleaner (charwoman) at her school, and the cleaner's daughters - who become friends with an anarchist. Nice details on the life of middle class contrasted with that of the cleaner's family, on the fringes of the Dreyfus case - which was about all I knew of Paris in that decade. And the neighborhood, south of Montmartre, where Charie lives is on the same street as the Hotel Perfect (Rue [...]

    6. Although this is a historical novel, it was a mystery from the very beginning. It was a novel which was suppose to be a Bernard Martin mystery, but I believe it was about Clarie Martin as the main character. It is about women's rights in 1897. All the issues are touched on.

    7. A very well-researched and suspenseful story set in Paris of the 1890s, this book features two brave heroines: Maura, a poor Italian 16-yr-old seamstress caught in the fringes of the anarchist movement of the time, and Clarie, a slightly unconventional teacher, mother and wife who works at a Lyceé for girls. The plot revolves around several murders as well as the conflict between the classes in Paris of the era. Workers, Socialists, and anarchists are all at odds with the gentry, the bourgeousi [...]

    8. I enjoyed the history and the writing but got a bit lost with the character perspective shifting. Also, I was a bit mystified by the ultimate resolution mainly because of the way the police characters presented themselves toward the end. The whole novel seemed to villify these characters, but in the end they were the ones who suddenly solved all the problems and saved the protagonists. I wish I could say this was a result of great character transformation as part of the plot development, but it [...]

    9. This was a novel for listening to when driving. It is a fascinating historical novel clearly written with a bit of a woman's studies perspectiveexactly the sort of book I adore. I was surprised to discover it is actually number 3 in a series, particularly as I did not feel Bernard Martin was a main character in the novel. I shall have to seek out some of the author's other novels, including the previous ones in this series.

    10. I usually don't care for "historical" mysteries--they generally sound so contrived, but this one is really good probably due to the author's education. It takes place during a period of upheaval in Paris concerning inequality of wealth and of women's rights. The main character teaches at a girl's school and becomes involved with the charwoman's daughters who have to work for nearly nothing and are preyed upon by their employers.

    11. this book made me want to scream. I am really not certain why I even finished it, except that I really hate to start something and not finish. I kept thinking that it would get better. I was so tired of reading about Claire's heaving chest and Luca wearing short pants. AAARRRGGGG. what a feeble attempt to show strength in women. I think that I even ordered this from a recommendation on maybe Oprah's book club website for good summer mystery reads. FAIL

    12. I wish I’d read the two previous books before starting this one. They are now on my to read list and then I plan to reread this one. The description of end of century Paris is detailed. The characters are interesting and endear themselves to you through their struggles. An interesting insight into the oppression of women. Overall, a good read.

    13. I received this free as a Good Reads Giveaway.It was an interesting story set in Paris. I enjoyed the story,the characters and the Paris setting. It is a good read.

    14. This book was not my cup of tea. It was a lot of effort reading something that is so full of inconsequential details of life in late 19th century Paris, I often lost track of the plot. It is not until about 75% into the book that the plot starts to really move to clarify the mystery, until then it is all about the anarchists, daily life in Paris at the time (from perspectives of different classes, and Clairie hiding her thoughts and intentions from her "authocratic" husband -- who I thought real [...]

    15. The third in the series and very exciting. Claire moves to the center stage as Bernard has a lesser role, but the family dynamics are still clear. A glace into Paris in 1897, that makes me want to know more about the history. The class issues are important, both for social order and identity. The poverty of immigrants even in that era raises questions about now. Again were are looking at the status of women--across various classes and also coming into their own consciousness about their ability [...]

    16. If it had been an historical fiction I would have loved it. But part way in I discovered that it was the third in a series of mysteries. And a not very good one at that! The background descriptions about life in Paris were well done. The overall story was boring and predictable. The mysterious part put me to sleep at night. The author did a good job of bringing most of the characters to life; their actions were the dull part. Moving on to something exciting.

    17. Another great story with rich historical detail and wonderful characters. Even though the events in this mystery take place over a 100 years ago many of the troubles still effect us today and the way it is presented make it all the more intrguing.

    18. This is one of those books where the author is so focused on character development and historical accuracy, she forgets she is writing a story. Get to the point already. I joke that I have a 400 page limit on books- this one was way too long at 310. It had a good premises - I took it home, but no hook- or if it was there, it was lost.

    19. Slow read, got more interesting about 2/3 of the way through but never found it to be a page turner or one I couldn't put down. Good story overall.

    20. The third of the Bernard Martin mysteries where his wife, Clarie Martin, becomes involved in the disappearance of the charwoman's daughters and the underworld of anarchists in Paris.

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