Throwback Thursday: An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

Today I’m looking back at my post on An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas. I first reviewed it on June 10, 2017.

My review begins:

I loved An Uncertain Place, a clever and also a confusing book. It’s the sixth in Fred Vargas’ Commissaire Adamsberg series in which he investigates a macabre murder. I say confusing because I got a bit lost in the middle of the book, and looking back I think it’s because Adamsberg is not your normal detective – he works by intuition and I simply hadn’t followed his train of thought. With a bit of concentration I was back on track and caught up with him.

Click here to read my full review


Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. As well as being a best-selling author in France, she is an historian and archaeologist.

She worked at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which she joined in 1988. She later joined the Institut Pasteur, as a eukaryotic archaeologist.

She mostly writes police thrillers (policiers). They take place in Paris and feature the adventures of Chief Inspector Adamsberg and his team. Her interest in the Middle Ages is manifest in many of her novels, especially through the person of Marc Vandoosler, a young specialist in the period. Seeking Whom He May Devour was shortlisted by the British Crime Writers’ Association for the last Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year, and the following year The Three Evangelists won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie International Dagger. She also won the award for the second year-running with Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand.


The next Throwback Thursday post is scheduled for June 30, 2022.

3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas

  1. You’re certainly right, Margaret; Adamsberg is not a ‘normal’ detective. I’ve found that when I read Vargas, I enjoy the work most if I just go along for the ride and follow the story where it takes me, instead of having a lot of expectations of what will happen. It’s not even because of suspension of disbelief, but rather, these police characters aren’t your typical cops, and they don’t work on typical cases. At least that’s what I’ve found.


  2. I’m a fan not only of this particular book, but of this whole series! Adamsberg is such a strange and quirky character, I love the way he solves these strange mysteries. 😀


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