The Fig Eater by Jody Sheilds

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When a young woman's body is discovered in the summer of 1910 Vienna, the Inspector's wife is certain the figs found in her stomach during the autopsy are the clue to the identity of the murderer--for there are no fresh figs in Vienna at this time of year.

About Jody Sheilds

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Jody Shields's debut novel, The Fig Eater, was hailed as "an atmospheric thriller" (Los Angeles Times), "stylish and compelling" (Chicgao Tribune), and "a bewitching visit to late-imperial Vienna... enjoyable and intelligent" (Times Literary Supplement). She lives in New York City.
Published March 6, 2001 by Little, Brown and Company. 311 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All this is set in its place and time with the most fastidious detail and remarkable authorial knowledge, though one feels often less swept up by intrigue than badgered by a relentless tour director ("You know, there's a legend about Emperor Franz Josef visiting the markt here .

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A sprinkling of Hungarian legend and Gypsy lore adds another layer of color to Shields's evocation of the era, while literary references, contemporary art, medical theories, occult practices, botanical information and the engaging details of Viennese life build a picture of a city in the throes o...

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Interestingly, the inspector's wife and her friend undertake an investigation that leads us on a somewhat arduous journey through Vienna, discovering that there is certainly more to the life of Dora than her parents are aware.

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