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The Blood of Lorraine (Bernard Martin Mystery #2)

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In the wake of the Dreyfus affair, the murder of two Jews in Lorraine reveals the darker side of human nature In the wake of the Vernet murders in Aix-en-Provence, magistrate Bernard Martin moves to Lorraine, France, along with his pregnant wife, Claire, who is as fervent about Republican ideals as her husband. They are not there long when an infant boy is found dead, his ...more
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Published July 12th 2011 by Pegasus Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Terri Lynn
Another excellent historical mystery by Barbara Pope. She is such an excellent writer and effortlessly weaves historical details into her stories in a way that makes you feel like you are there and not being fed historical details.

In this book, Bernard Martin is married to school teacher Clarie and they are expecting a baby. Now living in the town of Nancy in Lorraine, France, Bernard is an investigating magistrate. When a Jewish magistrate who has been a good friend to Bernard and very helpful
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Ellen
May 26, 2017 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gives an interesting insight into anti-Semitism in another time (late 19th century) and another place Nancy, France).
Jim Leffert
From the author of Cezanne’s Quarry, here’s another historical mystery set in France in the late 19th century. It’s 1894, and the young judge magistrate Bernard Martin and his wife have relocated from Provence to Nancy, the main city in the northern province of Lorraine. Tempers in Nancy have been simmering since this northern border region was severed from its neighbor, Alsace, annexed by Germany after the Franco-Prussian war.

Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the first Jewish officer to have a high posit
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Schneehase
Dies ist eines der Bücher, das leider einen vollkommen irreleitenden Klappentext hat. Man glaubt einen spannenden Krimi vor sich zu haben und wird aber schon bald eines Besseren belehrt.
Ja, es geht um einen toten Säugling und auch zwei ehrbare jüdische Bürger werden in Nancy im Jahr 1894 umgebracht. Soweit stimmt die kurze Inhaltsangabe.
Aber der erste Fall ist eigentlich gar keiner und wird schnell geklärt. Und der Tod der beiden Juden ist fast nur Beiwerk in der Geschichte.
Der Roman ist meine
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Lynninnh
Hi, my name is Lynn and I am a bookaholic.

I go the the library and wander around picking up books when the title strikes my fancy and this is one. I thought it was a murder mystery by a female author. I like to read female authors and hadn't read much murder mystery in a while, so I picked it up.

It is a murder mystery, but of an entirely differenct sort than the usual.

I did like it. It fits into my favorite category of historical fiction and murder in a time when I don't have to worry about it h
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Deon Stonehouse
Set in 1894, the year Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of selling secrets to the Germans, the backdrop of the story is the conflagration of racial hatred that erupted. France cannot find much to be proud of in the Dreyfus affair, the poor man was falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison on Devil’s island. Author Emile Zola’s fiery outrage brought public scrutiny and turned the tide in Dreyfus’s favor, but not before rabble rousers inflamed a furious public with hatred for their blam ...more
Shoshi
Sep 16, 2014 Shoshi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The scenario is in the wake of the Dryfuss trial in France. Dryfuss, a French officer, of Jewish origin, who was accused of being a traitor. The happening in Nancy, a small French town, with a Jewish community. Life for a young judge and the people living around him, will never be the same, as anti-Semiticm sneaks into France. Should I mention, that about 8 years later, it came out, that Dryfuss was set up from some French anti-Jewish officers, and was freed then ? But nobody knew it then, and l ...more
Christiane
Anti-semitism in France

I've now read all three of Barbara Corrado Pope's novels (unfortunately not in sequential order) but the only one I really enjoyed was the first book in the series, "Cézanne's Quarry" which was suspenseful, had a complex plot, interesting characters (Cèzanne, Zola etc.) and a wonderful setting (The Provence).

Although I still like the author's style very much I was quite bored with this novel which deals with the strong anti-semitic sentiments in France which came out in fu
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Rogue Reader
Booklist gives Blood of Lorraine high marks: Pope sets this history-mystery at that most explosive of times, France in 1894, just before the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus on suspicion of sharing French military secrets with the Germans. Her entry point for examining the anti-Semitism of the time is one murder case and one magistrate in the town of Nancy, long a haven for French Jews. And Publishers Weekly loved Cezanne’s Quarry: Could Paul Cézanne be a killer? Pope animates her canvas with ple ...more
Lisa
Apr 09, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery for non-mystery fans like myself. The structure seemed a bit unusual, and the ending wasn't as much of a surprise as I might have expected it to be. The writing isn't fantastic, a little awkward at times, but I have a huge soft spot for academics-turned-novelist, and the subtlety of the portrayal of French Jews around the time of the Dreyfus Affair is proof of the author's historical training. I haven't read the author's first book and I now look forward to hunting it down ...more
Elli
Dec 11, 2010 Elli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, witchcraft
Man's easy willingness to simply accept rumor and gossip as gospel without question and just allow bad things to happen supposedly in retribution. This one focuses on anti-semitism although it could be any group and those who don't like them and have a whole lot of "good reasons" why not. Around the Dreyfus affair in France, late 1800's early 1900's France. Supposed ritual killing of a baby gets things started. Really follows people and the thought pressures of the events tangents involved. Fast ...more
Susan
Apr 09, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magistrate Bernard Martin, is now in Nancy, a town in Alsace just over the border from French territory seized by the Prussians. It is a town with a number of Jewish exiles; some of them relocated French speakers and some poor refugees from Eastern Europe. The town is in a simmer after the arrest of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894. To this grim setting, the author adds a very grim personal situation for the magistrate. The book looks at connections between faith and loss and fanaticism ...more
Sam Negri
The author is more a historian than a writer. The book is built around France's history of antisemitism. If you're not familiar with the Dreyfus Affair and its broader implications, you'll find this interesting as history. The characters, however, are poorly drawn and nearly everyone comes across as a caricature. If you want to see character development as handled by a master, take a look at Ian McEwan's Enduring Love."
Val Sanford
Fear, hate, prejudice ... they palpitate through this book as Martin is forced to navigate anti-antisemitism, poverty, religious intolerance and his own personal losses. I liked this book better than Cezanne's Quarry. The ending was less expected and Martin's character shows much more of his human side as his wife deals with a difficult pregnancy.
Julie Durovchic
Jan 30, 2017 Julie Durovchic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical mystery with wonderful characters, this 2nd book in the series is a dark look at human nature. The author entwines art, history, science and enlightenment to create a beautiful and compelling story.
Mary
Aug 18, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent historical novel - set in France about 1900. The nuances of religious racism, friendships, and loss were delicately expressed.
Paula Kougeas
Interesting story but not exceptionally well written. Maybe more suitable as a Young Adult book.
Maria
A continuation of Bernard Martin's career as a judge in the french Third Republic. Very entertaining. I have asked my local library to buy the third title in the series.
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Barbara Corrado Pope is the author of three historical novels set in late-19th-century France. Long an admirer of a variety of European mystery writers like Simenon, LeCarre, Pears and Mankell, she strives to meld her love and knowledge of the past with the page-turning styles of these masters. Her first novel, Cezanne’s Quarry, was nominated for an Oregon Book Award; her second, The Blood of Lorr ...more
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