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Published by Mantel/Pam Macmillan, 10 April, 2014.
This book introduces a
new detective into crime fiction: Commandant Serge Morel of the Paris police with his team, Lila Markov, Jean
Char, Marco Lancel and Akil Abdelkader and also Morel's boss, Commissaire
Olivier Perrin. An elderly woman, Isabelle Dufour, has been found dead in bed.
What is bizarre is that, although in her night clothes, she is soaking wet,
even her hair, and she is garishly made up and wearing a bright red wig. By her
bedside are evangelical religious tracts apparently left a few days ago by a
man and a boy about which she had complained to the police. Post-mortem
analysis indicates that she drowned in her bath; evidence of bruising suggests
forcibly. It appears that three other elderly women had received similar
leaflets and had also complained to the police –a lead worth following up particularly when
one of those women is also found murdered. A parallel narrative follows the unhappy
Armand with his companion, the mute boy Cesar.
the ranks of male, middle-aged, melancholy detectives, Morel is rather
attractive. For all his sadness, the misanthropy noticeable in some other such
series detectives is absent. He does have a long-term mistress but the
relationship is not what he is really looking for in life but is unable to
find, at least partly because he is living with his father who is difficult and
cantankerous but whose memory is deteriorating. The author shows this with
compassion, as also in her depiction of Armand and his traumatic childhood and
adolescence, and even more in her depiction of Cesar whom Armand rescued from a
Russian orphanage, the 'lying-down room' of the book's title. Recommended.
Reviewer: Radmila May
Anna Jaquieryis of French-Malaysian descent and grew up in Europe
and Asia. She has worked as a journalist in several countries, starting out as
a freelance reporter in Russia. She is currently based in Melbourne with her
husband and two sons. The Lying-Down Room is her debut novel -
and the first in a series to feature Chief Inspector Serge Morel.