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Arsene Lupin


This book was such a fun read. I'm not a particular fan of short story collections of detective fiction, but this collection beat me. There are nine short stories in this collection, and while I was differently attracted to them, all had one thing in common. And that is humour. This collection was altogether too hilarious. Arsene Lupin, the Gentleman-Thief, is one of those notoriously attractive characters. His cleverness in his cunning is quite impressive. But none of these have the same charm as his audacity! This is the first time in my reading life that I was fascinated by a criminal.The stories were not brilliant in that the mystery was not much of a mystery. But, they were all appealing in various degrees. I found Madam Imbert's Safe particularly brilliant in which even Arsen Lupin was outwitted. I truly enjoyed this collection, which is my first exposure to Maurice LeBlanc's Arsene Lupin series. LeBlanc may not be brilliant in his creation like Arthur Conan Doyle, but he has certainly invented a Sherlock Holmes of crimes.

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