Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spotlight/Giveaway: A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas

About the Book

Genre: Mystery, Commissaire Adamsberg #10
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: March 7, 2017

From the publisher's press release:

In #1 bestselling French author Fred Vargas’s newest book, Commissaire Adamsberg is back with an investigation of two connected murders, a tragic expedition to Iceland, and a secret Robespierre Society. Connecting countries, cultures, French history and Scandinavian folklore, A CLIMATE OF FEAR (Penguin Original Mystery; ISBN: 9780143109457; On-sale: March 7, 2017; $16.00) weaves together a strange and intricate crime.

When a woman is found dead in her bathtub, her murder made to look like a suicide, and a strange symbol drawn near her body, Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg and his team are on the case. Soon, a second victim is discovered and a pattern begins to emerge: both victims had been part of a fateful expedition to Iceland ten years earlier. But how are these deaths, and rumors of an Icelandic demon, linked to the secret society based on the writings of Maximilien Robespierre? And what does the mysterious symbol signify?

In her chilling tale of suspicious deaths in the Icelandic mists, and the brutality of Robespierre, Vargas creates a unique story full of tension, suspense and twists. A CLIMATE OF FEAR carries all the best aspects of Vargas’s truly original voice—a witty writing style, original story, and quirky cast of characters—while integrating novel historical and mystic concepts. As the book builds towards an icy crescendo, readers, much like Adamsberg’s own team, may find themselves questioning the Commissaire’s investigative intuition. Far from formulaic, readers will be hooked and kept guessing from beginning to end.

A CLIMATE OF FEAR covers some familiar ground, with a mixture of Vargas’ signature wit, eccentricity, and a whiff of the paranormal, but change is underway in Adamsberg’s world. Leaving readers with a craving for the next installment, this addition still satisfies readers as one of the best in the Commissaire Adamsberg series.

About the Author

Fred Vargas, born in Paris in 1957, has won the International Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger Award an impressive four times. A historian and archaeologist by profession, she is a #1 bestselling author in France and Italy. Vargas is the author of eight novels featuring Commissaire Adamsberg, including Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand, This Night’s Foul Work, The Chalk Circle Man, An Uncertain Place, and The Ghost Riders of Ordebec. Her books have been published in forty countries and have sold more than ten million copies.

Fred Vargas ▪ A Penguin Books Mystery Original ▪ $16.00

On-sale: March 7, 2017 ▪ ISBN: 9780143109457




Now is your chance to win a paperback of A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas.   Thanks to the publisher, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  2. Thanks for this intriguing mystery which interests me greatly.

  3. Thanks for this terrific spotlight and giveaway! I will add it to my blog's sidebar.

  4. This book sounds amazing, and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for this chance to win it.

  5. Ooooo LOVE that cover. Has an ominous feel to it and the book sounds right up my alley.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. A new-to-me author to try. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  7. Hello Fred, A Climate of Fear sounds like a great read. Thank you


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