“Mix blood, art, and even religion, and you have an irresistible page-turner.”

"Famous French author Frédérique Molay has a real knack for making her thrillers irresistible page-turners, plus you learn a lot about Paris, here about Parc de la Villette, and a rather unique form of art... I really loved the suspense, as suspects multiply with each new murder and each new clue. But on top of the plot, what I really enjoy in Molay’s books is the details and the ambiance. Here, she did an amazing job with the setting of Parc de la Villette. From 1867 (until Napoleon III) until 1974, the area was a center of slaughterhouses, a so-called City of Blood. Then it became a wasteland until it was converted into a park for leisure, culture, and recreation, currently very alive.... And of course you have all the details about the French police system, and the work of each participant, be it the criminal psychologist, the public prosecutor, or the guys in charge of forensics anthropology. Fascinating how much you can learn about a person just by observing his/her bones! The scene of the autopsy was also fascinating, but quite gruesome…


VERDICT: Choosing a famous park in Paris as her setting, famous French writer Frédérique Molay assigns another intriguing crime investigation to chief of police Nico Sirsky. Mix blood, art, and even religion, and you have an irresistible page-turner.” —Words and Peace. Read full review here.

The City of Blood