What are the best Mystery books set in France?

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    #1The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first book in the historical series The Scarlet Pimpernel written by Emmuska Orczy which centers on a man who defies the French revolutionaries to rescue innocent people from famine. 

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    Jesse Hughes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy was a historical series set in France that I really enjoyed. I have always loved mystery books located in France and this book was no different. The historical aspect of this book really added something different to the story."
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    #2The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 

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    George Carlson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is one of the greatest books I have ever read! I love France and to to read such a well written mystery set in France was a dream for me!"
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    #3Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.




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    Benjamin Rios
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Not exactly a mystery but may be an interesting read for some interested in the unique subject matter."
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    #4Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10)

    Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10)
    Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10) is a Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction Novel written by Cara Black. It was published March 1, 2010 by Soho Crime.
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    Justin Duncan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I just finished reading Murder in the Palais Royal and I think it's one of the best Mystery books that is set in France that I have read. I love a book that keeps me guessing until the end and this one did. I'm going to read all the other books by Cara Black since I just loved her writing. "
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    #5The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal
    The Day of the Jackal is a historical mystery suspense thriller fiction written by Frederick Forsyth. It is first published in 1971 and about an assassin named Jackal. 
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    Ankita Kapur
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I like books in France. This one does take place in France....the storyline is intriguing and fast paced and I want to keep reading to find out what happens. It was better than I expected. And has nothing to do with Jackals. "
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    #6Ladyhawke

    Ladyhawke

    Ladyhawke Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Joan D. Vinge. It was published March 15, 1985 by Signet. It follows the story of captain Etienne Navarre.

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    Kyle Richardson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I like mystery books, and so I had an open mind going into this. This is definitely a fantasy book and focuses much more on the fantasy setting than a particular real world locale. The fact that parts of it technically set in France in somewhat ancillary to the story. As far as mysteries go I thought it was pretty mediocre."
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    #7The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Mark Pryor. It was published October 9, 2012 by Seventh Street Books.

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    Frances Henderson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It covers an interesting variety of topics. Probably will be a good series."
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    #8The Assassin's Prayer

    The Assassin's Prayer

    The Assassin's Prayer Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Ariana Franklin. It was published July 22, 2010 by Bantam Press. It is the fourth installment in a series.

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    Kyle Mendoza
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I bought the book "The Assassin's Prayer" as a birthday gift for a friend of mine, and I've been really pleased that my friend genuinely enjoyed it. The book is a crime fiction, and is really well written. I suggest this book to all the lovers of this genre."
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    #9Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)

    Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)
    Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Cara Black. It was published March 1, 2011 by Soho Crime.
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    Parakram Sengupta
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Books with good plots are always awesome reads. It's a cool read that has a mix of mystery, culture, and crime. Cara Black has done a great job on this novel and it was a pleasure to read. The only drawback was that it took a while before the story picked up. Overall, it was a good read and not bad at all."
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    #10Bruno, Chief of Police

    Bruno, Chief of Police

    Bruno, Chief of Police is a Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Martin Walker. It is part of a series and the very first installment of said series.

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    Rose Carr
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love Mysteries when it comes to movies and tv shows, so I wanted to give a book a try. This book had all the suspense you need. It was mystery, crime, drama, and suspense all in one. "
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    #11Dirty Snow

    Dirty Snow

    Dirty Snow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Frank Friedmaier who became a killer. It is first published in 1948 and NYRB Classic reprinted in 2003. 

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    Megan Turner
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Dirty Snow is the best mystery book set in France that I've read in a long time. The characters are well developed, the mystery is compelling, and the backdrop is stunningly lifelike, written by a true master of the genre, it is a must read and I highly recommend it."
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    #12The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Kees Popinga. It is first published in 1938 and New York Review of Books reprinted in 2005.

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    Howard Palmer
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book fits the description of the topic, except that it is a French novel, not necessarily set in France. Summaries say that this book is set in Amsterdam. Still, it is regionally close, and it appears to have all of the elements of a good mystery book."
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    #13Monsieur Monde Vanishes

    Monsieur Monde Vanishes

    Monsieur Monde Vanishes is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Monsieur Monde. It is first published in 1945 and New York Review of Books reprinted it in 2004.

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    Joyce Willis
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I love the noir style of this book but I do not like the theme. The main character leaves his wife for a life of seediness and unsavory characters. I think this book is anti-family though it is a solid mystery with France as the setting."
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    #14The Strangers in the House

    The Strangers in the House

    The Strangers in the House is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Hector Loursat. It is first published in 1940 and NYRB Classic reprinted it in 2006.

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    Ethan Keller
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "A story about a depressed man, so succumbed to his books that he barely takes care of his own daughter until one day he stumbles upon a murder and finds that his daughter and her friends are far more dangerous than they seem. An interesting book that seems to mirror the greatness of detectives stories such as Sherlock Holmes, but in a way that seems to display great human insight. Beautifully written. "
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    #15Pedigree

    Pedigree

    Pedigree is a French mystery war fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of Andre Gide after World War I. It is first published in 1948 and NYRB Classic reprinted it in 2010.

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    Betty Jenkins
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Pedigree uses the World War I setting to build an exciting and novel mystery. A book full of adventure, I loved being surprised during all the twists and turns. Plenty of history here for the buffs to enjoy, but the story on its own is fun and immersive even without the French war backdrop."
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    #16The Widow

    The Widow

    The Widow is a French noir mystery fiction novel written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of a widow Tati and a killer Jean. It is first published in 1942 and NYRB Classics reprinted it in 2008.

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    Carolyn Mason
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I think this does fit what I'm looking for so I like the solution. It takes into account what I want and gives me what I asked for so I feel like I can't do much better than that."
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    #17The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret)

    The Madman of Bergerac is a French noir mystery fiction and the sixteenth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1932 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2007.

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    Kelly Barrett
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "One of the world?s most successful crime writers, Georges Simenon has thrilled mystery lovers around the world since 1931 with his matchless creation Inspector Maigret. In The Madman of Bergerac, Maigret gets caught up in an investigation in a provincial French town terrorized by a maniacal murderer?only after being shot following a man who has mysteriously jumped off a moving train. The Madman of Bergerac captures the obsessive snobbery and hypocrisy of small-town bourgeoisie."
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    #18The Yellow Dog (Maigret)

    The Yellow Dog (Maigret)

    The Yellow Dog is a French mystery fiction and the sixth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is about human nature. It is first published in 1931 and Penguin reprinted it in 2006.

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    Ethan Simmons
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Although mysteries set in France are no necessarily my area of expertise, it seems that the Maigret series is France's answer to Sherlock Holmes and if it manages to hold a candle to its inspiration is it probably worth the reader's time. There may have been some Holmes mysteries set in France though, so I'm going to have to be cautious when rating this book."
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    #19A Man's Head (Maigret)

    A Man's Head (Maigret)

    A Man's Head is a French noir mystery fiction and the fifth novel in Maigret series written by Georges Simenon. This classic book is first published in 1931 and Penguin Books reprinted it in 2006.

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Best What are the best Mystery books set in France
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Scarlet PimpernelBooks 38 Paid
2The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)Books 36 Paid
3Perfume: The Story of a MurdererBooks 34 Paid
4Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10)Books 32 Paid
5The Day of the JackalBooks 20 Paid
6LadyhawkeBooks 11 Paid
7The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston NovelBooks 8 Paid
8The Assassin's PrayerBooks 7 Paid
9Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)Books 5 Paid
10Bruno, Chief of PoliceBooks 1 Paid
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