The Missing Corpse sees the return of Commissaire Georges Dupin in another turn through Brittany. Dupin is called in when a body is reported to have been found. Once at the scene, no one can find the body. The only witness, and reporter of the crime…an aging actress with a sketchy memory. When a real body is found some distance away Dupin must determine whether there is one crime…or two.
Well written, intricately plotted mystery, and descriptive prose. But, the pace was very slow. The constant breaks in the story to describe in detail the scenery, the food, the weather, etc., made it difficult to remain interested in the mystery.
Dupin is affable and appealing, Madame Bandol is charming and rather funny, and interaction between these two characters was always very engaging.
For anyone looking for a traditional crime story, a leisurely read, and a look into life in Brittany, this would be an enjoyable read.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advance reader copy made available for my review.