THE MES­SEN­GERS OF DEATH Pierre Magnan Vin­tage, £7.99

The Herald - Arts - - Books -

Set in rural Provence, this 1986 crime novel by a for­mer Re­sis­tance fighter fi­nally gets an English trans­la­tion, and what a thor­oughly charm­ing mur­der mys­tery it is. Be­gin­ning with a mor­bid post­man dig­ging his own grave and a wo­man pinned to a pi­ano by a bay­o­net, it’s pop­u­lated by a cast of rus­tic lo­cals who give the story a quirky char­ac­ter all its own.

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