The Mystery of Orcival

Émile Gaboriau

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The Mystery of Orcival is a novel by French writer Émile Gaboriau, first published in 1867. The second book in the Monsieur Lecoq series, the story revolves around the mysterious death of the Countess de Tremorel, who is found murdered in her bedroom in the small town of Orcival. The prime suspect is her husband, the wealthy Count de Tremorel, who has a reputation for being a violent and jealous man. The investigation is led by Monsieur Lecoq. Similar to Sherlock Holmes, Lecoq is a genius detective; arrogant, proud, a master of disguise, and known for deducing things that others cannot see. The character was apparently based on Eugène François Vidocq, a police officer who used to be a thief.

№ 2 in the Monsieur Lecoq series.

This book has 104,261 words, 201 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1867. This translation by Holt & Williams was first published in 1871.

Production notes: This ebook of The Mystery of Orcival was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 23rd April 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Village on the Seine' by Alfred Sisley.

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