Book review: The Sun King Conspiracy

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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: The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 2 – I love France #175

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The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 2:
Book 3. The Divine Blood
Book 4. Combat of Shadows

 

Lady Agnes vol 2

Author: Andrea Japp
Translator: Lorenza García and Katherine Gregor
Publisher: Gallic Books
US Release date: Jan 12, 2016
The series La dame sans terre
was first released in French in 2006-2007
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9781910477175
also available as ebook
Genre: Historical Mystery

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I presented to you the first volume of The Lady Agnès Mystery in my November review. Here is now volume 2, comprised of Books 3 and 4. If I thought Book 1 felt more like a historical novel than a mystery, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat, and your patience at reading over 1,200 pages (total of the 2 volumes) will be well rewarded!
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Book review: The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 1 – I love France #169

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The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 1:
Book 1. The Season of the Beast
Book 2. The Breath of the Rose

 

Lady Agnes Mystery 1

Author: Andrea Japp
Translator: Lorenza García
Publisher: Gallic Books
US Release date: Nov 10, 2015
The series La dame sans terre
was first released in French in 2006-2007
Pages: 604
ISBN: 9781910477168
also available as ebook
Genre: Historical Mystery

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As a lover of historical fiction, mystery, and French literature, it’s high time for me to present to you the latest series by Andrea Japp, the famous crime writer, available now in English: The Lady Agnès Mystery. The series is made of 4 books, published separately in French. For some reason, Gallic Books has chosen to publish the 4 books in 2 volumes. I’ll present to you volume 2 at the beginning of January 2016, shortly before its US release date. So two thick volumes with a total of over 1,000 pages, but believe me, that’s worth it! See now why.
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