April 2012 Indie Next List
“Moore is easily the most humorous author around, but what is often missed in all the laughter is just how talented a writer he truly is. Sacre Bleu starts with the murder of Vincent van Gogh and as Lucien Lessard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec try to track down the mysterious Colorman, Moore takes the reader on an informative tour through the Impressionist era. The research is exhaustive, the observations pungent, and the characters, both real and imagined, distinctive. Enjoy the read, but beware the wrath of Mere Lessard!”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Fall '12 Reading Group List
“Christopher Moore's writing has always been hilariously entertaining, but in recent books -- Fool, loosely based on Shakespeare, and now Sacre Bleu -- he's also expanded his palette to some fascinating interpretations of classic literature and historical events, adding a whole new dimension of enjoyment to his work. Sacre Bleu is based around the color blue and the idea of an artist's muse, taking us into the world of Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries with erudition, along with Moore's typically outrageous humor. The result is a real work of art!”
— Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . . Sacre Bleu
In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?
These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends--baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec--who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late 19th century Paris.
Oh la la, quelle surprise, and zut alors A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history--with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure--Sacre Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.