The Murdered House

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The Murdered House

By Pierre Magnan; Patricia Clancy (Translator)

Thomas Dunne Books, Paperback, 9780312367213, 247pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010


From one of Frances's leading crime writers, whose The Messengers of Death was named a Publishers Weekly Best Mystery of 2008, comes this exceptional classic mystery which was once singled out as being France's Best Novel of the Year

At the turn of the century, in a remote inn in Upper Provence, a family is violently massacred. The sole survivor of the tragedy is a three-week-old baby.

In 1920, the orphaned survivor, Seraphin Monge, returns home to avenge his family's killers. But for each murder he plots, another hand silently executes it in his place. He wins the hearts of both Marie and Rose, and romantic complications ensue. But then unexpected secrets set in motion a dreadful unveiling of the past. . . .

A novel of terrifying intensity, "The Murdered House" will secure Magnan's place on every mystery aficionado's shelf.

About the Author
Pierre Magnan was born in Manosque, Provence, in 1922. He was a typographer at age 13, then flirted with writing before working for a haulage company. When he was made redundant, he returned to writing thrillers at the age of 54 of which two, The Murdered House and Innocence are set in Provence.

Patricia Clancy is a former senior lecturer in the French department of the University of Melbourne. She is a winner of the Victorian Premier's Award for Literary Translation. Jeanne Allen is a former professor of French at La Trobe University and Melbourne University.

Praise For The Murdered House

“This is an excellent historical mystery, with strong cozy appeal. …Sure to be a hit with Magnan’s growing fan base.” –Publishers Weekly (starred)

“The suspense begins on the first page and, from one astonishing twist to another, leaves us dumbfounded.”
---Le Monde (France)

“The most breathtaking novel of the season.”
---Paris-Match (France)

“A book for all is rare. A good book for all, even rarer. Pierre Magnan holds us enthralled.”
---Figaro (France)