»Of course, Vargas, pen name for historian and folklorist Frederique Audoin-Rouzeau, has a screw loose only in the sense that her mysteries are darkly whimsical — magical realism with its feet on the ground in a highly entertaining French way.«
The eighth Commissaire Adamsberg policier The Ghost Riders of Ordebec is full of strange crimes and quirky suspects, says Richard Lipez. His review on the novel by Fred Vargas you can catch at The Washington Post.
»What is sure is that I don’t want to insert the normal day-after-day life in my novels. Not because I don’t like it, but because, from my instinctive (and intellectual) point of view, a detective novel belongs to the great family of tales, legends, myths, etc., and not to realistic literature.«
Detective stories are really myths and tales: Peter Rozovsky talked to Fred Vargas. Read the second part of his revealing interview at his fine blog Detectives Beyond Borders.
»In any case, I try not to exaggerate when I use some historical or zoological knowledge in a book. It must remain a detective story, not become a historical one with lessons and everything boring.«
Peter Rozovsky in conversation with Fred Vargas: In the first part of his interview they talked about Algeria, about the overlap between her careers as author and scientist and a lot more. Read more at the fine blog Detectives Beyond Borders.
At the Crimefest in Bristol, the shortlist for the 2013 running of the CWA International Dagger was announced.
The six books in contention for the Dagger this year are:
- Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne
The Missing File by D A Mishani, translated by Steven Cohen
Two Soldiers by Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström, translated by Kari Dickson
Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas, translated by Siân Reynolds
Death in Sardinia by Marco Vichi, translated by Stephen Sartarelli
The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach, translated by Anthea Bell
There has been also other shortlists of nominees announced. Please have a look at
- The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas
- Take Five by Jack Batten
- The Golden Egg by Donna Leon
- The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die by Colin Cotterill
Margaret Cannon with four new crime fiction novels. Her reviews of books by Fred Vargas, Jack Batten, Donna Leon and Colin Cotterill you can read at The Globe and Mail.
»For those who haven’t picked Vargas off the shelf, I highly recommend sitting on a wall with Adamsberg this spring.«
A review about The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas at The Independent.
»When I am writing it is the only moment in my life when I am on purpose trying to be stupid. To let go, open the door to the unconscious.«
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec: A Commissaire Adamsberg Novel by Fred Vargas will be published in the UK in April. Jake Kerridge met the crime novelist. His portrait and interview you can read at The Telegraph.
»Es geht um das Böse an sich, den Kern allen Übels.«
Zeilenkino bespricht den aktuellen Roman Die Nacht des Zorns von Fred Vargas. Nachzulesen im gleichnamigen Blog.
»Meine neuen “ziemlich besten Freunde” heißen Marc, Mathias und Lucien.«
ingridw bespricht in ihrem Blog France Polar den Roman Die schöne Diva von Saint-Jacques von Fred Vargas.
“Fred Vargas hat mit diesem Buch das Hochplateau ihrer Kunst erreicht (…)”
Sebastian Hammelehle bespricht bei spiegel.de den neuen Kriminalroman Nacht des Zorns von Fred Vargas.