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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Rhetoric of Death

The Rhetoric of Death - Judith Rock

Charles du Luc, a Jesuit maitre (he has not yet taken his final vows) is on his way to the Jesuit school of Louis le Grand, in the Latin Quarter of Paris, in the summer of 1686.  He has just helped his Protestant cousin Petronelle and her daughter across the border to Geneva.  (They were in danger from the French government, as Louis XIV had recently revoked the Edict of Nantes, that gave them the right to practice their religion.)  His cousin, the bishop, learned of it, and had him sent to Paris to get him out of the way.


He is to teach grammar and rhetoric to the beginners in the morning, and ballet to the older students in the afternoon.  And then the school's best ballet student disappears, eventually to be found, murdered.   His younger brother is apparently also in danger.


Du Luc's search for answers will take him all over Paris.


I liked Judith Rock's writing, which evoked the Paris of Louis XIV well, and really appreciated the setting, which is certainly not one over-used in historical mysteries.  (In fact, I can't remember the last one I read with anything like this setting.)  I'd read the next one in the series, and I think my library has it.