A Dressing of Diamonds

Nicolas Freeling


A Dressing of Diamonds

A Dressing of Diamonds

  • Title: A Dressing of Diamonds
  • Author: Nicolas Freeling
  • ISBN: 9781842328514
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback



A Henri Castang Mystery For Colette Delavigne, one of France s youngest judges, life takes a terrifying twist when she returns from work one night to find her daughter has been abducted Henri Castang is sought out to investigate her vanishing and Delavigne s profession seems to have than a little to do with the disappearance To Castang this is no ordinary kidnappiA Henri Castang Mystery For Colette Delavigne, one of France s youngest judges, life takes a terrifying twist when she returns from work one night to find her daughter has been abducted Henri Castang is sought out to investigate her vanishing and Delavigne s profession seems to have than a little to do with the disappearance To Castang this is no ordinary kidnapping.


Recent Comments "A Dressing of Diamonds"

I enjoyed a few of the van der Valk mysteries a good long while ago. After Freeling killed him off, he found a new detective, Henri Castang, in France. Castang and his wife are interesting characters, but I'm a little uncertain about the book. A procedural with no murder, a pleasant change. Interesting information about the workings of the French legal system. Good resolution. But somehow not as good as I remember van der Valk to be. (Maybe that's because I've been around Amsterdam.)

A surprise! A below-average work from Nicolas Freeling, one of my absolutely most favorite authors. Among about 15 books of his that I read (I have reviewed nine of them on ) there are several masterpieces of the mystery/crime genre and almost all of them are first-rate, deserving four stars. Alas, "Dressing of Diamond", the first novel in the Castang series, is also the first book by Mr. Freeling that I do not much like. Although I love books that surprise me - reading books that are exactly as [...]

This is a curious book - I liked some of his others, and this was the first for his new character. I have the sense that he had saved up a lot of observations and pet peeves about the French and poured many of them into this - the various asides and diatribes are entertaining but sometimes an odd distraction, interrupting the flow of writing somewhat. Still worth reading for a number of reasons, including the observations on the French, and their version of class warfare.

many years ago over the course of years, i read almost all of nicolas freeling's novels, with both van der valk and castang detectives. i enjoyed them because of the uniqueness of writing style and the complexity of his characterizations. it is probable that most readers who would enjoy his style and works have not heard of him.

3 and a half stars. reread.


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