Item description for Gun Before Butter (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) (Van Der Valk Mystery) by Nicolas Freeling...
When you're in love, the whole world speaks of your beloved. Certainly this is true for Inspector Van der Valk, though it takes some time for him to recognize the cause of his condition. The beloved in this instance is Lucienne Englebert, the beautiful, troubled daughter of a well-known conductor, now orphaned and running riot through Amsterdam. And calling Lucienne to mind is everything and everyone that Van der Valk encounters, from an embittered piano-dealer to an secluded fishing lodge, from a garrulous mechanic to an expensive, abandoned car. Clearly, all roads that Van der Valk is traveling lead back to Lucienne. But is love the only connection? Or could Lucienne possibly have something to do with the murder that Van der Valk is investigating?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2007
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397756 ISBN13 9781933397757
Availability 0 units.
More About Nicolas Freeling
<div><b>Nicolas Freeling</b> is the author of over 35 crime novels including <i>Some Day Tomorrow</i> and <i>The Janeites</i>. He is the winner of the Edgar Alllan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America.<br></div>
Nicolas Freeling currently resides in Grandfontane.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gun Before Butter (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) (Van Der Valk Mystery)?
Curious Coincidences May 17, 2001
This was the first Freeling book I've read. It's an easy read, and the characters and situations are very interesting, even engrossing. However, the book is driven by a string of highly improbable coincidences. A drunk just happens to remove the license plates from a car. The detective just happens to keep running into Lucienne on odd occasions and critical junctures. The detective just happens to be struck by a painting hanging on the victim's wall. Lucienne just happens to be in a location where some Italians just happen to be talking about the victim's wife, in a language Lucienne just happens to understand. The victim just happens to withhold from Lucienne his crucial conversation with his wife. Van der Valk didn't solve the mystery, the solution just happened to fall into his lap (with some loose ends that are never explained). So after following an interesting enough tale, one is left with a strong feeling of dissatisfaction.
Freeling at his best Aug 14, 2000
I didn't think that Freeling was going to be able to equal _The King of the Rainy Country_, but I think that _Gun Before Butter_ achieves that and (just possibly) more. Van der Valk links the melancholy story of Luciene Englebert with the fate of a secretive man found dead in Amsterdam. A sad and gripping story that inspires deep satisfaction in the reader.