Delphine Cingal
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Melun (77000, France)
About Me:
Senior Lecturer at a Paris (France) University.
Chief editor of Zulma Classics (classics published in English, with prefaces by scholars.) Zulma is a French publisher.
I wrote the preface to The Hound of the Baskervilles

Scholar working on detective fiction.

I love travelling and taking pictures.

URL for my blog (in French)
Books And Authors I Like:
John Harvey
Anne Perry
Fidelis Morgan
P.D. James
Donna Leon
Henning Mankell
Sue Grafton
Conan Doyle
Agatha Christie
Ellery Queen
Carol Nelson Douglas
Sparkle Hayter
Sharan Newman
Jeremiah Healy
Ian Rankin
Lindsey Davis
French writers: Sébastien Japrisot, Manchette, Jean-Hugues Oppel, Dominique Manotti, Fred Vargas, Hugues Pagan, Hubert de Maximy, Michel Steiner, Thierry Gatinet, etc.)
Italian: Cesare Battisti
Yes, and I discovered Newton Love :-)))
I also wrote the preface to the French edition of Walter Satterthwait's Miss Lizzie and translated a short story by P.D. James ("The Murder of Santa Claus")
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Fargo, films by Hitchcock
Diagnosis Murder
Murder She Wrote
Ellery Queen
Veronica Mars
Hercule Poirot (with David Suchet)
Miss Marple (with Geraldine McEwan and with Joan Hickson)
NY Police District
Perry Mason

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Neuilly Plaisance

I am one of the organizers of the "Black Weekend" of Neuilly-Plaisance, near Paris.

This year, Anne Perry and Fidelis Morgan were with us.

The Lionceau Prize was given to Jacques Asklund and the Black Lion Prize to Tran-Nhut.

Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

34 years ago

Composer and singer Victor Jara was tortured and murdered by the anti-democratic forces of General Pinochet.
Music and all on my blog

Posted on September 16, 2007 at 4:57am

Soiorée littéraire


Les Femmes de Barbe-Bleue



Après Le Château de Barbe-Bleue de Béla Bartok, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue de Paul Dukas et Maurice

Maeterlinck, première nouvelle production de cette saison à l’Opéra Bastille, vient témoigner de

l’extraordinaire faveur du personnage de Barbe-Bleue auprès des compositeurs et des écrivains.

La dimension fantasmatique autant que littéraire de ce… Continue

Posted on September 14, 2007 at 3:15am

What I am reading, what I have read, what I want to read


Should you decide to become a member of goodreads, contact me there, will… Continue

Posted on September 1, 2007 at 7:02pm

Opus Dei

Opus Dei is suing friends of mine, a small publishing company. Easier to attack them than Dan Brown :-))))

Quand la puissante Opus Dei s'attaque à une petite maison d'édition.


Créée en 1928 en Espagne à l'initiative de José Maria Escriva de Balaguer, prêtre catholique canonisé en 2002 par Jean-Paul II, l'Opus Dei, prélature de l'Eglise catholique, est une organisation puissante, présente dans le monde entier.

Maison… Continue

Posted on June 4, 2007 at 11:45pm — 4 Comments

Elections here in France

Well, Sarkozy won. He was not my candidate :-(((

Posted on May 7, 2007 at 5:00pm

Elections here in France

Today is the first voting day for the presidential election. (Second and last part on May 6th.) 2002 was pretty traumatizing here because Le Pen (extreme right) went straight into the second part of the vote. BTW my ex, Jean-Hugues Oppel, wrote a wonderful novel on the subject called French Tabloids (hommage to Ellroy of course.) Some elements of the main female protagonist were inspired by me… Continue

Posted on April 22, 2007 at 10:28pm — 6 Comments

Blog in French

I just started writing a blog (in French)

Posted on April 22, 2007 at 9:45pm


I put all my recent pictures online

Posted on April 17, 2007 at 4:55am — 3 Comments

Just back from Corsica

Spent a week in Corsica. Just back. Found Newt's invitation and decided to join crimespace. I might decide to add a few pictures I took. If anyone wants some beautiful pictures from Corsica, just contact me. :-)))

During the holidays, I bought a book by Francis Zamponi, a Corsican detective fiction writer, but I have not had the time to read it yet.

Posted on April 14, 2007 at 1:13am

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At 4:09pm on April 16, 2008, Newt Love said…
Thank you for discovering me, and insisting I keep writing!
Merci beaucoups!
At 8:57am on September 19, 2007, Fabrizio Fulio - Bragoni said…
thank you very much for the invite....
At 7:45am on September 18, 2007, Donna Moore said…
Hi Delphine - thanks for the invite. Nice list of favourites! Lovely to see Fidelis Morgan on there, I love her books.
At 2:48am on September 18, 2007, Cara Black said…
Delphine, I'd love to hear about Francis Zamponi's books...wish I'd known about him when I did research on Corsica...
At 7:21pm on September 17, 2007, Roger Newbury said…
Hi Delphine, thanks for the invite! I'm not sure, but I think I might have at least one of John Harvey's books, but I won't be able to check until I have moved home. Rest assurred I shall definitely check him out though!
At 5:27pm on September 17, 2007, Karen from AustCrime said…
Being a long-term huge fan of Fred Vargas I was really pleased to discover a couple of books by Sébastien Japrisot in a second hand shop not far from here (of all things)! I'm really looking forward to them - they sound like great fun, so I was extremely pleased to find you mention them in your list of favourites as we coincide on so many other authors.
At 9:56am on September 17, 2007, James K. Bashkin said…
Delphine, Thanks for stopping by my website and offering the feedback. Please give my regards to Cara, and to Paris. I look forward to learning about some great books by following your posts and reading lists. My wife, who spent a year in Paris, can help me with your French blog. Merci' Jim
At 12:39am on September 13, 2007, Delphine Cingal said…
After the exams, I am finally finding time to read more. I am now on Goodreads where I am having a lot of fun exchanging ideas of things to read.
My latest discoveries are On Chesyl Beach by Ian McEwan and a super great detective novel, The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza.

Checkout my reading list on Goodreads - where you can see what your friends are reading.

I hope you'll join me here so we can talk books.
At 3:06am on August 17, 2007, sue neale said…

You have an impressive list of writers you like. I like so many and they are so varied that I gave up listing them, and there are always new ones. I too am interested in crime fiction in a academic way. I wrote my research MA (maitrise) on the 'missing' detective in contemporary French crime fiction. As examples I used Daeninck's Cadin and Vargas's Adamsberg. Very torn as to whether to undertake a PhD on Vargas, but in the meantime am giving papers on various aspects of her work while I consider it. Also writing a chapter for a reference book on crime fiction translated into English. Very broad scope though the French feature quite significantly and my interest in Pennac and Vargas will be well used.
For my paid work I am a picture researcher working mainly for academics in Oxford as I live near there. My working life has been spent working in publishing from children's books, language textbooks etc - all mainly with the image content but I have also edited and designed them. And just sometimes I think I would like to write something...

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