A Plague of Lies (Charles du Luc)
- Publish Date: 2012-10-02
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Judith Rock
In her historic mysteries The Rhetoric of Death and The Eloquence of Blood, Judith Rock created an atmosphere that takes you back to fascinating and dangerous seventeenth-century Paris so well that I suspect her of being a time-traveler who's been there (Ariana Franklin, national bestselling author of A Murderous Procession). Now, the latest novel to feature Charles duLuc finds the ex-soldier-turned-Jesuit caught up in royal intrigue...
Madame de Maintenon is King Louis XIVs second wife. The daughter of a minor noble of ill-repute, she has not forgiven the king's Jesuit confessor for encouraging him to withhold the title of Queen from her. To placate her, the prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegationincluding her distant cousin Pere Jouvancy and rhetoric teacher Charles du Lucto Versailles with a gift of reliquary.
But while the Sun Kings palace might be spectacular, this visit is anything but pleasant. Their first night, a courtier dies, and court whispers claim poison. Then the Jesuit delegation falls direly ill, and a palace gardener is found murdered. Fear grips a court already on edge. In the midst of all this, Charles learns that one of his students is in love with the kings rebellious (and betrothed) daughter, and may ruin not only himself, but all of them