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A Treasury of Regrets (Aristide Ravel - author's suggested reading order #4)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Amidst the sights and sounds of revolutionary Paris, Aristide Ravel, the enigmatic and charming freelance investigator for the Paris police, comes to the aid of Jeannette Moineau, an illiterate servant girl, when she is accused of poisoning the master of the house where she works. The case against her seems clear, but Aristide is convinced that Jeannette is innocent. Provi ...more
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Published (first published April 17th 2007)
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Richard Derus
Nov 16, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: For police agent and investigator Aristide Ravel, the teeming streets and alleyways of Paris are a constant source of activity. And in the unruly climate of 1797, when gold and food are scarce, citizens will stop at very little to get what they need.
When Jeannette Moineau, an illiterate servant girl, is accused of poisoning the master of the house where she works, Ravel cannot believe she is guilty of the crime. With stubborn witnesses, a mysterious white po
May 01, 2012 Shiela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book even more than the first in the series. The setting comes alive (Post Revolutionary France, pre-Napoleon), the characters are well developed and there's nothing like a semi "locked room" mystery to add to the fun. I really do historical mysteries. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Aug 09, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historical mystery/detective series. A bit melancholy due to time and setting - France just after Revolution. Great sense of time and place.
First Sentence: Since the twenty-fourth of Frimaire, Aristide Ravel had dreamed at least a dozen times of the guillotine.

It begins with the poisoning death of Martin Dupont, the controlling head of a large household. A servant girl, Jeannette Moineau, is arrested. A member of the house, Laurence, asks the police for help as she does not believe the girl is guilty. Police investigator Aristide Ravel agrees to work with her, also discovering there is another link between them from the past. As oth
May 25, 2008 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Treasury of Regrets
By Susanne Alleyn
Reviewed by Terry, Quality Book Reviews

A Treasury of Regrets begins with the death of the head of a seemingly well-off family, and the accusation and arrest of a simple servant girl who is accused not only of the murder but of attempting to poison the whole family despite the complete lack of motive.

Alleyn weaves a twisty, fascinating narrative filled with lots of secrets, more deaths in the family, and great scenes as Aristide searches for the truth. A Trea
Zuzana Urbanek
Apr 09, 2011 Zuzana Urbanek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes murder mystery and/or historical fiction
Shelves: kindle
If you liked GAME OF PATIENCE, this is a must. (It's actually the official second book in the series -- not sure why it says #4 above...hmm.) I'd give TREASURY 4.5 stars, only taking off the half-star for the fact the beginning drags a tad, with the murder investigation caught at the scene of the crime for something like 13 chapters before we ever are let out into the streets of 18th century Paris, the marvelously described backdrop of this mystery series. Regardless, this book has much of the s ...more
I don't know why I rate this series so harshly, given that I clearly enjoy each enough to read the next one. But they all mostly feel like slightly underexecuted potential, with an air of historic pomposity, so I can't bring myself to rate them much higher. Assume a generous half star being rounded down.
Alleyn doesn't stint with the corpses- there are murders to spare in A Treasury of Regrets, but it's mostly the usual fare. Ravel continues to be a somewhat flat protagonist, but the mysteries a
Diana Sandberg
Jan 29, 2010 Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m becoming quite a fan of Alleyn’s stories, set in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution. I’m enjoying her hero Aristide and the twists and turns of his life, and the evocation of time and place are really splendid. I just loved the family at the centre of this tale, and I also like the new ongoing character introduced. I was a little surprised at the force of Aristide’s verbal outbursts at the widow character in a couple of places, they just seemed too intense and personal for the ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gee, I thought my family was dysfunctional!

Alleyn specializes in stories mildly based on true stories from the period around the French Revolution. Her knowledge of the history and social structures of the time is encyclopedic.

The family at the centre of this mystery is a maze of broken relationships and long-held grudges. The extended family living under one roof is complex and varies from a precocious 12 year old girl to an 84 year old miserly patriarch. There is excellent characterization de
Nov 30, 2014 Juli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-rev
Of the four Aristide Ravel books, I liked this the least, even though this time I did not guess the ending (I would have liked a different one, more Orient Express style!). There are several reasons why this book didn't work for me, the main being that the mystery wasn't interesting enough. Also, how many damsels in distress can Aristide fall for? This plot line is getting a bit boring. So is the Matthieu arc. While a good character in Palace of Justice, here his addition was completely unnecess ...more
Jan 21, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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1797, and servant girl Jeannette Moineau has been accused of poisoning her master -Martin Dupont. Dupont daughter in Law, Laurence, believes her innocent and wants Ravel and Brasseur to investigate. But is this the end to the killings, and what secrets does Ravel reveal about mutual friends of his and Laurence,
A very enjoyable tale, and I really like the characters and hope there is another in the series.
Kate Bulman
Jul 10, 2009 Kate Bulman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susanne Alleyn's second historical mystery featuring Aristide Ravel.
Alleyn returns with a splendid encore to Game of Patience, the
first. I love this series and rank Alleyn among the very top authors
in this subgenre of historical mysteries. The series is set around
the French revolution (shortly after ours, for those who don't remember)
and are true mysteries, but full of fascinating information about
that era. You can find my full review on Amazon.
Susan Anderson
Sep 02, 2011 Susan Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So nice to meet you, Aristide Ravel (great character name, too), even under these circumstances—the investigation of a poisoning at a respectable home in the aftermath of the French Revolution with oh so many suspects. I felt like I was in 1790s Paris.

I so enjoyed A Treasury of Regrets and plan on reading all of Susanne Alleyn's historical mysteries.
Catherine Hill
Oct 05, 2007 Catherine Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I usually do not read books set during the French Revolution or Directory years, since I hate to watch good characters walk into a meat grinder. This one is set in 1797, when life had settled down a bit. Alleyn gives a vivid description of police practices of the time and of family life and problems. It was worth the read.
Nov 18, 2008 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyday life in the period right after the French Revolution. Months and days have different names. Streets and places are all renamed. and more amazing facts about post-revolutionary Paris. The murder mystery is pleasingly complex and turns on the value of the new paper money. Also read Game of Patience by same author, same series. Also very entertaining.
Oct 11, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this one down. Lots of really interesting historical features about the post French revolution, a compelling mystery and a really likable character. I'm looking forward to reading some more from this author.
K.B. Hallman
Dec 14, 2009 K.B. Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-2009
Susanne Alleyn's Aristide Ravel series is very nearly perfect. If it weren't for the slow start, I'd have given this one 5 stars.

Apr 06, 2011 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story took place in the later part of the 1700's in France. The story was okay but tended to be slow reading.
and 1/2
Joan Horkey
May 03, 2016 Joan Horkey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very engrossing. Suspenseful and rich with historical detail.
Jul 24, 2011 Chelsea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Once in a while I like to read mysteries set in the 1400-1700's so I decided to try reading this book. I didn't like. It was so depressing......I didn't finish it.
Sep 30, 2010 Susanne added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Kindle edition, finally! Only $2.99.

I like this book, myself, but I'm biased... :-D
Mary G.
Feb 01, 2008 Mary G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, very good. Written about a very interesting period of history.
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The granddaughter of children’s author Lillie V. Albrecht (author of Deborah Remembers, The Spinning Wheel Secret, and three other historicals, all now available for Kindle), Susanne Alleyn definitely doesn’t write for children, unless, like her, they have found guillotines, high drama, and the French Revolution fascinating since the age of ten or so.

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Other Books in the Series

Aristide Ravel - author's suggested reading order (4 books)
  • The Cavalier of the Apocalypse (Aristide Ravel, #1)
  • Palace of Justice (Aristide Ravel, #2)
  • Game of Patience (Aristide Ravel, #3)

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