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In postwar France a gambler finds that surviving his vacation may be a long shotPeace has come to England and the blackout is over but the gloom has yet to lift from London One night leaving a gambling club where he has run up a considerable tab the young painter Francis Bacon accompanied by his lover sees a man gunned down in the street They do what they can to stanch the flow of blood but the Frenchman dies in the hospital Soon afterward Bacon receives a strange offer from the club owner He will erase Bacon’s debts if the painter delivers a package to the dead man’s widow Madame Renard on the Riviera What gambler could resist a trip to Monte Carlo?After handing over the parcel Bacon learns that Madame Renard is dead—and the striking young woman who accepted the delivery is an imposter The Riviera may be lovely but in 1945 its sun drenched beaches can be just as dark as the back alleys of London

10 thoughts on “The Prisoner of the Riviera Francis Bacon #2

  1. says:

    DNF at 66%I did everything to finish it I really tried But I failed I give one star rating to books I DNF It is my subjective feeling about the book and has nothing to do with the uality of the writing or the story itself What I like This book broadened my horizons I learned a lot about the painter Francis Bacon BECAUSE I googled a lot after I'd found out that the protagonist of the series was a real person A British gay painter Francis Bacon was a major twentieth century British artistJanice Law took some real chronological facts out of his life and created an imaginary adventure Hats off to her creativity In spite of my personal problems with the book I can't uestion the writing skills of this woman She can write Period Why I couldn't finish it or What were my problems Let me repeat myself I don't consider The Prisoner of the Riviera a gay mystery We can have long discussions about what kind of book we COULD or not consider a gay mystery how many sex is allowed in it and if at all But let me say so If Miss Marple would have been a real person who loved women could we consider that Agatha Christie wrote a lesbian mystery without changing ANYTHING in her books? It is exactly what I felt reading Janice Law's series Yes the main character is gay but it WAS ALL And it is NOT what I expect from MY gay mystery books view spoiler I had so great pic of Daniel Craig as Francis Bacon from the film about Francis Bacon Love is the Devil but I didn't have ANY possibility to post it there weren't EVEN A SINGLE naked scene What for a shame hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Book source NetGalleyWWII is over and Europe is trying to rebuild Painter Francis Bacon and his lover witness a shooting while leaving a gambling hall and then a few days later he’s asked to take a packet to the widow of the man he tried to save In exchange the owner will forgive his losses from that night Finding this a strange reuest he decides to do it since he’s heading to France on vacation anyway But a task that should have been simple turns out to not be and Francis soon finds himself neck deep in post war intrigueAt times this mystery can be a bit tedious going but for the most part it flows from one incident to another with poor Francis stuck smack dab in the middle with not much choice but to go along for the ride It has its moments of being a bit hard to believe and at times the plot is bit too twisty to follow However it did entertain me and Francis is uite the character

  3. says:

    For her second Francis Bacon novel The Prisoner of the Riviera Janice Law jumps ahead to 1946 At first I was disappointed that Law had chosen to leave the London in wartime setting she managed so atmospherically in the first novel Fires of London But I uickly got over it Setting stories in the immediate postwar period seems to be all the rage these days or maybe that's just a coincidence in my recent reading It's a rewarding period because as Law has one character put it in France power was lying on the ground during the war and it was picked up by dubious characters who couldn't just return to the plow when the war was over These characters abound in The Prisoner of the RivieraLet's back up and set the scene Francis is out for dinner in London with his longtime lover Arnold when they come upon a man who has been shot and is bleeding to death in the street Francis uses all his ARP training skills to keep the man alive until an ambulance arrives but it doesn't look good He is contacted shortly afterward by M Joubert proprietor of a London casino that holds a dauntingly large number of Francis's gambling chits Joubert tells Francis that the man a Monsieur Renard did die after a few days in the hospital but left a farewell letter for his wife who lives in the south of France If Francis will deliver the letter Joubert will tear up Francis's chitsThere's something rotten about this setup right? You and I know it and so do Francis Nan and Arnold Aside from the imbalance between the value of the gambling chits and the going rate for in person mail delivery there's something fishy about that letter Francis and Nan couldn't resist painstakingly removing and replacing the wax seal on the letter and they suspect it's really a coded message––though one they can't crack without a cipher key But it's cold grey and rainy in London and the rationing means the food is even depressing than the weather Who can resist the siren call of the Riviera?After enjoying a few days in the sun Francis decides it's about time to deliver the letter to Mme Renard Afterward he narrowly avoids attack from a couple of goons as he heads back to his hotel and soon after that he learns that Mme Renard was found murdered later that same day––and he is the number one suspectAttempting to clear his name and avoid a long stretch in a French prison Francis uses a couple of false identities to investigate the murder and figure out what this supposed farewell letter really is He's not the only one interested and soon it seems that the entire south of France is seething with characters who are after the letter Francis and each other They all seem to have had secret underground pasts during the war but it's impossible to be sure which side they were on if not both and whether their current intentions are to help Francis use him abuse him or carve him upHere's an odd thing When I read The Prisoner of the Riviera I kept thinking about PG Wodehouse In part it's because most of the story is set in the south of France where Bertie Wooster often used to go to get into trouble gambling and falling in love And here's Francis on his arrival in Nice Have I mentioned my fondness for sailors? I have a weakness as Nan would say for members of the maritime profession for the toilers of the sea for jolly jack tars and also the not so jolly ones who are really to my taste Can you see a Wodehouse ish style in that? I canThere's a lot about Janice Law's writing style here that makes me think her Francis Bacon is a sort of Bertie Wooster ish character–––if Bertie had a dozen or two I points considerably less of the ready liked risky sex with men and kept running into murders The books are written in the first person and even when fists are flying or guns are blazing there is an air of Bertie describing one of his sticky wicketsAnd like Bertie Wooster Francis is soon beset with troubles involving false identities mistaken impressions getting caught sneaking into other people's houses and bedrooms––and even being bedeviled by a pair of troublesome aunts I found the book a dizzyingly improbable but delightful caper just like a Wodehouse story Unlike a Wodehouse story this one does have a great deal of serious crime and danger in it but for mystery lovers that's all to the goodNote I received a free review text of the ebook version of this title from the publisher via Netgalley

  4. says:

    The setting of this amusing little eBook novel is post WWII London and then southern France and the riviera Francis Bacon London artist bon vivant gambler and ogler of handsome young men has had it with rationing rebuilding and chronic lack of good champagne When his friend Arnold a respectable businessman with enough money to finance the trip suggests going to Monte Carlo Bacon is than ready to go They also take Bacon's former nanny Nan who he lives with Her vision is going so he won't leave her alone and she's funAs the two men leave a gambling club the night before their planned departure they see a man shot Bacon tries to save him while Arnold calls for help Then the club owner to whom Bacon owes a lot of money offers to forgive the debt if Bacon will deliver a small packet to the man's widow on Riviera He says the gunshot wound led to pneumonia and the man died This is the beginning of a sort of Shakesperean comedy with mistaken identities dead people who aren't really dead scoundrels some who learned illegal dealings during the war corrupt cops even the Tour de France is part of the story Meanwhile Bacon assumes aliases and occasionally has conversations with his alter ego of the moment He is a prisoner because a weasel of a police chief confiscates his passport at a time when various bad guys are trying their bumbling best to kill himAll through the story Bacon rejoices in his appreciation of the male figure He is gloriously homosexual and of course finds many other men of his persuasion along the way There are many hilarious scenes ie when Bacon who doesn't know how to drive is behind the wheel of a truck careening down a steep curvy mountain road while a bad guy tries to stab him in the back I laughed and laughed at Bacon's adventures Nice eBook for a dreary winter dayRecommended readingSource Open Road Media

  5. says:

    Last year I read and adored Janice Law's previous novel featuring 20th century painter Francis Bacon Fires of London It made my top ten of 2012 I loved it for its dark and slightly raunchy tone for being gritty and gay homosexual not cheerful and for being atmospheric and escapistI hadn't realized there was a chance of Bacon so when I learned Law had written a second novel featuring him I was over the moon To my delight the novel opened literally the second line with the same flippant seediness I loved in the first book We had flags and bunting and I got marvelously drunk and committed a public indecency in Hyde Park my little contribution to Britannia's celebration p5The war is over and Francis is ready to leave post war London with the food shortages and lingering stink of war  He rallies his childhood nanny who is nearly blind and deeply devoted to him and his respectable lover Albert for a trip to Monte Carlo  But after witnessing a man getting shot outside a club in London Francis is tasked with taking the man's effects to his widow who just happens to live on the Riviera and the endeavor proves complicated than he anticipatedFrancis narrates the story and in Law's hands he's wry pithy and sarcastic  Coy too for he sadly never dishes details on his liaisons  His voice is what makes these books so captivating he's a reliable narrator who prefers night to day the grotesue to the beautiful the luxuries of life while slumming it  Law evokes the post war Riviera in its complicated contradiction gorgeous beaches and sunny vistas Vichy collaborators transforming themselves into Allied supporters and it makes a fascinating backdrop for a murder mysteryFans of WWII settings will enjoy this one; the inclusion of a gay lead makes it all the novel and interesting  Those new to the series will be fine picking this one up without being lost but you will want to indulge in the delicious seediness of Francis and I strongly encourage you to get Fires of London  Then get this one so there will be a third Francis Bacon book 

  6. says:

    Set in postwar Europe along the Riviera this dark story of mystery and death has a surprisingly light tone Acting as the hapless lead detective in this continuing series is the 20th century Irish born but British raised Painter Francis Bacon While Bacon is famous for his enjoyment of gambling halls and café society it is his witness of a murder outside a London club that sets him on his journey A man is shot just as he is leaving a London hot spot and Bacon goes to his sideAfter it appears the man has died the French club owner comes to Bacon in his studio and offers to retire Bacon's not insubstantial gambling debts in exchange for a package to be delivered to the dead man's widow in the South of France Seeing the opportunity for les bonnes vacances how can he refuse? Monte Carlo is callingOf course the task is much complex and dangerous than it first appears Things get very convoluted and the action seems to really ratchet up as the ending becomes closer It's hard to sort out the good guys from the bad and with several characters it's hard to determine exactly how they fit into the plotline at all Most surprising for a genre that prides itself on creating stories that draw together all the loose bits into a neat ending this one is messy and never completely explainedThat may dismay some readers but it can also be refreshing much as is the light hearted tone of the painter given his dire circumstances throughout so much of the story In the book there is much lore about Bacon the real artist slipped in for example he lived with his aging nanny throughout his adult life who appears in the book as his companion The author has made the artist into a very charming if inept sleuth and thus lifted what could have been a very dark storyline and setting with historical asides into World War II France into something much breezy which appears to be just the right touchFor those with an interest in art or even not there is much pleasure to be derived from The Prisoner of the Riviera Expect the unexpected and this will be a very enjoyable trip to the Riviera and back Review first appeared on ReviewingtheEvidencecom

  7. says:

    uality writing but ultimately dull

  8. says:

    Second in the Francis Bacon mysteries #1 is Fires of London with a preuel Nights in Berlin and #3 a seuel Moon Over Tangier Each book can stand alone as does this one Francis Bacon a young British aspiring artist and a survivor of the Blitz is now in the French Riviera in the immediate postwar period He's the kind of protagonist to whom things happen who keeps falling into predicaments involving crooked French police various postwar local gangsters and some colorful local society There isn't much of a gay subplot even though Francis is gay poor man doesn't have any time for romance what with all the scrapes There's plenty of gunfire and motor vehicle chases through the coastal mountains and plenty of Francis getting roughed up It's a fast never dull read and uite entertaining and the Riviera setting seems believable enough in place and time

  9. says:

    It lacked much of the charm and insouciance of the first book Given that this novel took place after WWII that was expected Francis Bacon has lost his innocence just like most of that generation The background charm of the first book came from Bacon's old nanny with whom he lived and whom he loves; her tart tongue touch of blind kleptomania and love of the lurid have little or no place in this book Arnold too is mostly MIA tho' his lack is than made up for by Pierre the cyclist The real problems with this book include its setting the French Riviera where Bacon is out of his element its content the near civil war the French suffered in addition to the total war of WWII that left many compromised people with scores to settle and its endless twists and turns in settling those wartime scores The darkness of story belies the narrative voice; Francis Bacon's voice is too light for this story so the plot lines are never uite fully developed Motivations are weak and the ending is unsatisfying and in too many places unresolved It is the strength of Law's writing that keeps this book at three; a lesser author would've floundered much worse

  10. says:

    Very well written this mystery is for readers who like twisty tales with odd characters all of whom have an agenda In England and France during World War II individuals made strange alliances as a way to eat to protect themselves and their families and to stay alive Now that the war is over these older survivors men and women are still beholden to others who survived some of whom grew fabulously wealthy with their conniving and war profiteering and now care only about protecting the riches that they have stashed away in secret places When a young Londoner trying to get his gambling debts forgiven agrees to deliver a package to a mysterious woman in Paris he is drawn into a web of old world intrigue of which he knows nothing As the story progresses he becomes trapped in Paris and will do anything to get home to London