The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain is a translated novella written by a French author. I love the premise of this story about a divorced bookseller who discovers an expensive lady’s handbag sitting atop a garbage pile and the repercussions which ensue after he decides to attempt to return it to the woman who lost it. There’s just one problem, although the purse contains many items, it does not contain the owner’s name or address. Undeterred and fueled by his interest in personal notes written in a red notebook inside the purse, leads Laurent, the bookseller turned amateur sleuth, on a life-altering journey.
I think this is a delightful novella with a number of colorful characters all of whom are believable. I would like to read additional works by this author and hope you will give this novella your attention!