In Bordeaux (France), the diabolic Élisabeth Ducourneau poisoned as she
pleases… Only an anonymous letter turn the police force
towards her and put a term to her criminal career. The poison
she used, digitalin, is easy to get it taken and leaves few
traces. Almost perfect crimes… for strange mobiles. In this
attractive novel, one discovers a devoted wife, an exemplary
mother who could have killed for a long time if justice had
not put her in prison. She will be guillotined…
true story is also about the despair of a father returned
broken of the Great War. It is still, with the approach of the
second world war, the rise of fascisms, the arrival of the
refugees who flee them; in particular Spaniards running away
Franco. And it’s obviously also the antisemite acts that are
on the increase in France, preparing the way for Vichy
A captivating novel in which Viviane Janouin-Benanti wins over
the words and the feelings to inspire us with an astounding elsewhere.
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A book of high-quality, written in French. Paperback book: 256 pages with photographs, Euros 9.
E-book at: Euros 3.99.
Previous edition, paperback: Éditions Cheminements: February 2007, € 20.