Six degrees of separation: from Lincoln to Alexandria


Six degrees of separation:
Lincoln to Alexandria

This is really cool!
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a mystery and indeed on one.
Here are my own quirky rules:

  1. Use your list of books on Goodreads

  2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it

  3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title

  4. Or the second if the title starts by the same word

So here is the result for February 2018. After the covers, you can find the links of my reviews or the title on Goodreads:

Lincoln in the Bardo  The Lincoln Conspiracy

the-sun-king-conspiracy half of a yellow sun

Vanished Kingdoms The Vanished Library

1. Lincoln in the Bardo = I haven’t read it, and don’t plan too, too weird, I think
2. The LINCOLN Conspiracy = Very interesting historical thriller
3. The Sun King CONSPIRACY = Superb historical novel on Louis XIV, Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte. Definitely my favorite title on this page
I forgot to specify: this book is part of my
February giveaway
4. Half of a Yellow SUN  = depressing, as many books I have read on Africa, but excellent historical novel on Biafra 
5. Vanished Kingdoms: The History of HALF-Forgotten Europe = history book on my TBR for a while. 
About small and bigger European countries that are no longer on the map
6. The VANISHED Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World= this history book has been for 5 years on my TBR. 
But I still hope to read it one day, as it is on the ancient library of Alexandria



Book review: The Sun King Conspiracy


The Sun King Conspiracy

These weeks, I seem to be reading French history backwards: after a book on the last months of Marie-Antoinette, I read a historical novel corresponding to the time she arrived in Versailles, and now one about Louis XIV! This historical mystery The Sun King Conspiracy reads like a saga.


The first pages open up with a secret meeting in Rome between six people, one of them being François d’Orbay, one on the key architects working on building Fouquet’s castle at Vaux. Powerful chief minister and Cardinal Mazarin (also Louis XIV’s godfather) is very sick, and this time seems perfect to implement something contained in a secret document.
But this group has enemies, and the secret ends up being stolen, with coded documents containing two other secrets, all three potential opportunities to start a major upheaval against monarchy, at least the way it has been lived so far. Will the group manage to recover the secret and put their plans into action for the sake of France?

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Book review: Charlatan – I love France 197



Kate Braithwaite
Fireship Press

US Release date:
September 15, 2016
Pages: 300
also available as ebook
Genre: historical fiction


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If you enjoy historical fiction, you must have read zillions of books on the Tudors. But how much do you know about the French court? If you have not read anything about Louis XIV, you are highly encouraged to read Charlatan. This fascinating historical mystery focuses on the famous affair of the poisons, around 1679 in Paris and Versailles.

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