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He Jesuits and classical knowledge I liked it well enough that I know I read her second Elouence of Blood although it doesn t look like I reviewed it in Goodreads or noted it in my book list I do remember that I liked it as well However after reading this book which is the third in the series my interest in 17th century France and in Charles Du Luc is completely sated One might say that I am feeling overstuffedIt took me a long time to read this months actually I purchased it last ear intending to read it before I went to Versailles in October as the action I use the word action somewhat loosely as this book is very slow paced takes place there I didn t however start reading it until after I returned at the beginning of November As it is now mid May ou may get an idea of how enthralling I found itReading this book was like ploughing through a History book written by a scholarly historian for a course on Louis XIV Some of it is interesting but some of it not so much Especially if I am not going to have to write a 5000 word essay about it I also found the numerous references to Jesuit ballet boring as I have only a vague idea of what these ballets might have been like think of a movie about the 17th century with people dancing around a richly decorated
#room and ou #and Locas you probably got it I actually vaguely remember now that Elouence of Blood had a lot of Jesuit ballet in it as well So at this point I really don t care about the ballet give me the mystery please and thankou In fact Rock has written a scholarly treatise on the subject of Jesuit ballet that is almost as long as this novel It s obviously a specialty of hers Sometimes I found the storyline for the book was simply a framework for her to expound on this specialty Still if Smoking Lovely you like baroue ballet or ifou want a taste of the politics of the Court of Versailles and how the Jesuits figured in ou might like the book Be warned though that ou really don t get much about the Jesuits at Versailles Pere LaChaise in modern times famous for the cemetery that is named after him has a brief role but that s it We learn that they had to bow to the king and take their bonnets off that they slept in small rooms and ate soup most of the time unless they were invited to dine at some nobleman s table And unsurprisingly that the King s mistresses didn t like them much Not a lot Of Mystery There Unless mystery there unless s how they didn t all get ptomaine poisoning from eating day old meat broth that had been sitting in an unrefrigerated larderThere s an irony in reading A Plague of Lies during our coronavirus pandemic People are falling ill of a mysterious fever in 17th Century Paris in ever increasing numbers but it too is a minor subplot that never really gets off the ground Instead it provides a possible alternative to the suspicion that a couple of people might have been poisoned at Versailles Also that someone has it in for King Louis XIV The dawning of conspiracy theories There s also thwarted oung love but for me none of these storylines really were tightly written enough that I could hang on to a theme and stay up until 100 because I had to know what was going to happen I kept putting the book down sometimes for weeks at a time Or falling asleep over it I only read to the end because I knew I was going to review it here and I wanted to make sure there wasn t some thrilling occurrence in the last 50 pages that might change my mind about my review There wasn t By the end I just didn t care about the tragedy that occurred in the last 50 pages I figured that things were going to go that way because that s what happened in 17th century French aristocracy Think I will stick with books about 20th century France from now on. ’s visit grows darker and darker On their first night a courtier dies and court whispers claim poison Then the Jesuits fall direly ill and a palace gardener is found murdered Now fear grips a court where everyone has secrets to hid. .
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Elf but all of them The third in a series of historical mysteries I have not seen before this is a solid intrigue set at Versailles in 1687 as Louis XIV encourages the Turks to keep his Austrian enemies busy while he leans on the Dutch and tries to get stronger ties with Poland The problem is that doing so involves people the inbred buzzing constantly p I enjoyed this third outing with Ma tre Charles du Luc but the action really dragged for me once Charles left Versailles and returned home to Louis le Grand hence four stars Dropping To Three Stars to three stars love the world Judith Rock recreates 1680s France peopled by Jesuits courtiers students and peasants I am unfamiliar with the time and place and like most fans of historical fictionmystery I love the genre because I learn so much along with enjoying an exciting puzzle Here however as with her first book Rhetoric of Death I enjoyed the characters and appreciated the depth of research she clearly puts into her work but found the pacing slowing to a crawl about 34 through the book I skimmed to the last 10 pages or so and things picked up again I have been unable to get hold of her second book Elouence of Blood but would be curious to see if I had the same problem I will definitely read other books in this series as I can find them for the wonderful Ma tre Charles and his recurring characters of fellow Jesuits and friends and neighbors and the amazing period Rock brings so vividly to life Four and a half stars but I ll round up because I like this author and want to tilt her ratings up instead of downThis is the third book in a series of historical mysteries by Judith Rock I loved her first book found her second one a bit faltering in cohesiveness and think she made a solid entry with her third Charles de Luc a oung Jesuit aspirant has to go to Versailles He is less than thrilled about this since he dislikes the militarism and vast amounts of spending that Louis XIV is famous for The plot mechanism for getting him there and involved in intrigue may be a bit clunky but I was enjoying myself too much to let it bother me We get gorgeous descriptions of Versailles the dazzling nobility the peculiarities of life at court I was especially fond of how the author was able to create such a nuanced portrait of Louis XIV with so few direct interactions with him I sympathized with Charles getting drawn into the orbit of the high spirited princess The end may have taken a bit of an easy way out I was fine with that too because I m interested in the development of Charles as a character than the mechanics of the mysteryCharles is a genuinely devout oung man I don t really have faith myself but I m impressed when an author succeeds in creating a character of faith that is capable of doubt and logical nuanced *thinking i find that mostly religious characters turn *I find that mostly religious characters turn to be bad guy hypocrites or idiot plot obstacles Charles however believes in a loving and generous God and wants most of all to be close to Him However Charles is also compassionate and gets drawn into conflicts of obedience because of his attachment to people I think that Judith Rock does a great job of portraying an intelligent mind prior to the Age of Reason I m looking forward to of her insights in her next book An historical mystery set during the reign of Louis XIV full of detailed descriptions of Versailles and what everyone at court wore This is literary than fast paced The end was predictable but I enjoyed the book enough that I have added the next in the series to my TBR list I reviewed the first book in the Charles Du Luc series Rhetoric of Death on Goodreads in 2016 At the time I said that it had awakened in me an interest in French history Gious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation including her distant relation Pere Jouvancy and rhetoric teacher Charles du Luc to Versailles with a gift of reliuaryThe Sun King’s palace is spectacular but the delegation. .
Loved it I can see how some people might be unhappy with this entry in the series as much of the action takes place not near Louis le Grand but in the palace OF KING LOUIS XIV AT VERSAILLES King Louis XIV at Versailles I loved observing Charles out of his comfort zone and dealing with the intrigues of court The mystery itself was okay interesting while it was going on but without much resolution at the end uite a few times I wanted to reach through the book and slap some of the pampered students Charles has to deal with But I read this fairly uickly in the limited reading time I had I really like the characters and enjoy the sense of time and place the author has created here My new favorite mystery series I ve read the first three and eagerly await 4 I confess that while the writing is elegant and the world building superb it s my favorite because I m a bit in love with the Jesuit priest hero Charles And actually with the characters in general For me they are very vivid leaping off the page and into the beautifully rendered realm of 16th Century Paris I especially loved the first one because it was very focused on Charles In the second book I was uite taken with the beggar ueen Reine The third A PLAGUE OF LIES is a particular favorite for the world building as we go to Versailles Much poisonous plotting and infamous court intrigue amid glossy satins and oozings of lace A delightful series dark edged but warm hearted 25 I was slightly disappointed in the latest Charles de Luc mystery Not that it was downright terrible it was not Plague of Lies just seemed to me to be lacking in some crucial piece that makes a mystery great Through the last couple of pages I kept anticipating a twist or at the very least complete resolution to the who done it There was neitherI also took issue with the uneven and incomplete picture painted of most of the characters I never got a really good impression of who any of them truly wereOverall Plague of Lies seemed of a giant hint at Charles increasing confusion over his vocation It will be interesting to see where that goes in his next adventure which I will definitely read I find myself liking Judith Rock s protagonist Maitre Charles du Luc and as this series progresses Rock has created a character whose growth is apparent from book to book Beginning as a fairly callow oung soldier turned Jesuit du Luc is slowly leaving behind his desires to have the Church and the world too In this book the reader finds him confronting his own distaste for court life difficult personalities and even the King himself to move closer to the priest he wants to beMy enjoyment of these books is slightly tempered by Rock s often languid pacing and her propensity for delaying the real action of the book until fairly late Still well worth the read for the well researched look into France in the era of the Sun King its politics religion and common life I m so pleased to discover that this is the third historical mystery featuring rhetoric teacher and novice Jesuit Charles du Luc I can search out the second one that I missedThe prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation to Versailles to present the gift of a reliuary to King Louis XIV s second wife Madame de Maintenon the former governess of his illegitimate offspring in hopes of placating her *in the matter of the king s Jesuit confessor s advice to withhold from her the title of ueen But *the matter of the king s Jesuit confessor s advice to withhold from her the title of ueen But immediately they arrive a courtier falls dead in his tracks the entire Jesuit delegation falls dreadfully ill a palace gardener is found murdered In the midst of all this Charles learns that one of his students is in love with the king s rebellious and betrothed daughter and may ruin not only hims. Madame de Maintenon is King Louis XIV’s 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 ueen from her To placate her the presti. .