Mademoiselle de Scudéri
'At that very time Paris was the scene of the most heinous atrocities; at that very time the diabolical inventiveness of hell was contriving to come up with the easiest possible means of bringing them about.'
Already the victim of a spate of ingenious poisoning, Parisian society is ill prepared for the latest arrival of cold-blooded murders. Men, once free to enjoy late-night visits to glamorous mistresses, now fear to walk in darkness. One by one they are struck down and robbed of their riches.
The elderly and high-born Mademoiselle de Scudéri spends her nights safely indoors writing novels, and so has little to fear from these nocturnal atrocities. That is until she receives an unexpected visit and a mysterious casket of jewels that inexorably draw her deep into a web of jealousy, passion and murder.
Mademoiselle de Scudéri is one of the earliest examples of the classic murder mystery. Characterised by Hoffmann's remarkable ingenuity and attention to detail, it has been the inspiration for a host of thriller and crime writers.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.
Year published: 2002
Sub-genre: Mystery, classic
Imprint: Hesperus Press
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