Review of THE 7TH WOMAN by Frédérique Molay

AUTHOR BIOFrederiqueMolay

Frédérique Molay graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration. She worked as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire. Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven. After The 7th Woman took France by storm, Frédérique Molay dedicated her life to writing and raising her three children. She has five books to her name, with three in the Chief Inspector Nico Sirsky series.


  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ED24VC 

7THThere’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division, La Crim’. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page, leading you behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. It has the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details, giving a whole new dimension to Paris.


The 7th Woman is a real page turner of a mystery/police procedural. It is the first in the Nico Sirsky series and came out in France in 2006. This is also the first of the series translated into English and I am looking forward to more. There are plenty of twists and turns and red herrings to hold your interest and keep you turning the pages as a serial killer is killing seven women in seven days. And for whatever reason, the killer has a grudge against Sirsky – he leaves him messages at the scenes. Will the killer reach his threat of seven or will Sirsky and his team stop him? Be warned, be sure someone is home with you or all the light are on when you read this book. The murders are rather grisly. I was intent on finishing, despite the late hour but in the middle of the night, I walked through the dark house to the kitchen for a soda. I saw a shadow and almost jumped out of my skin! I finished it in the light of the next day. If you like a good thriller, this is for you. Only lost points for one thing. Chief Sirsky, in the middle of a high pressure investigation like this, found time to meet a woman and fall in love at first sight. And his teenage son was all on board for that – right like that ever happens with a teenager. Felt artificial. Sure meet her, feel an attraction, but build over a book or two. Only false note in an otherwise great book. ♥♥♥♥


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