The Rhetoric of Death (Charles Du Luc #1)
Paris, 1686: When The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his young cousin Charles du Luc, former soldier and half-fledged Jesuit, has been helping heretics escape the king's dragoons, the bishop sends him far away-to Paris, where Charles is assigned to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing dance at the prestigious college of Louis le Grand.
Charles quickly embraces hi...more
Former soldier and Jesuit in training Charles du Lac helps some Protestants (including a former love) escape King Louis XIV’s dragoons. When his cousin the Bishop of Marseilles finds out, he arranges Charles to be transferred to Paris to teach rhetoric and assist in directing dance at the prestigious Louis Le Grand. On his first day one of the dancers leaves class and is later found murdered.
Charles was a likeable protago...more
Her main character, the delightful Charles du Luc, is rather too good looking to stay as a Jesuit priest without encountering romance, and without it causing him problems. He is also blessed with a fie...more
But no sooner does Charles arrive at the college when the school’...more
Young Charles is a sympathetic character, and the author draws the reader quickly into the world of the Jesuit Parisian school. I didn't know that Jesuits had such an interest i...more
This debut novel is a patchwork of known events and a lot of imagination by a very active mind. This historical fiction spins a tale of interesting and rich details set in the sumptuous Paris of the 17th century France.
The opening act is staged at the college of Louis le Grand, where the Jesuits produced drama, lavish ballets and opera as part of their teaching rhetoric. The main player is the delightful fictional character Charles du Luc, a good looking Jesu...more
While shipped off to a prestigious Jesuit college in Paris, Charles is confronted with a murder and a puzzling mystery that touches not only his education but his personal secrets as well. He must solve the mystery surrounding...more
Actually, the hero, Charles du Luc, isn't yet a full-fledged priest. He's completed his preliminary training as a novice and has arrived at the stage of "scholasticus" in his Jesuit formation. His life is complicated by his Huguenot relations, whom he genuinely cares for...more
But the novel was very slow moving in the beginning and I quickly lost interest (I finished because it had a due date for the library).
The novel was not my type of "plateau", but I liked it never the l...more
This novel was poetic and descriptive, and I identified with the main character. But as a mystery it was very bland. There was only ever 1 suspect. No surprises. And all of the best action or big "aha!" moments in the story happened outside of the narrative. Then a supporting character would inform the protagonis...more
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Set in a Jesuit school, Maitre Charles must deal with heresy charges, jealousy, family pressure all while starting a new assignment. When two of his students were attacked, the stakes raised.
Ms Rock creates a very believable world, not just an amusement park type look at a different era. Interesting characters. I will look for her next book.