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Book Review: The Inspector Monde Mysteries

Inspector Monde walks the dark side of Paris where the supernatural can be found. Every police force has an Inspector Monde though they try to deny it.

When the blood chills and the hairs on the back of the neck rise they send for him and don’t look too closely at what he does. For the Inspector does not particularly believe in the Law but will fight for Justice to his last breath.

Explore the City of Lights when those lights dim and your blood pounds and the echo you hear is a scream in the night…

The complete collection of Inspector Monde stories to date, including two stories never seen before.


Set in Paris of the post war era, John Booth draws deeply on the Noir Tradition, leavening the paranormal horror with his dry, quirky humour. It reminds me so much of  “Sin City” but with Agatha Christie twists that make it an enthralling and absorbing read. The cover says it all in a single glance – something that rarely happens in these e-book days…


I love the way the author effortlessly draws you into the stories with a few well-aimed words. They leave you wondering what else the Inspector has dealt with if he shrugs something like the first story “Marie” off as normal! In addition, as you read further into the book, you realise that the indomitable Inspector has indeed seen a great deal more of Life and Death than any normal Police Detective should.

This is definitely a book for adults – The Author is adept at making his stories leap from the page into the imagination and the horror ranges from psychological to gory. I can see this book becoming a TV Series or a Movie very easily.