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Le sang des farines (Nicolas Le Floch #6)

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Nicolas Le Floch, commissaire au Châtelet sous le règne du jeune Louis XVI, se trouve plongé au cœur de terribles événements à la fois politiques et personnels. De retour d'une mission en Autriche où il fait d'étonnantes découvertes sur les atteintes portées au Secret du Roi, il retrouve un Paris en colère où la guerre des farines fait rage. Avec le soutien du roi et l'aid ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 423 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by 10-18 (first published 2005)
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Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another mystery for Nicolas to solve, set in 1775 against the background of the coronation of Louis XVI and bread riots in Paris - a hint of the Revolution to come. The murder of a baker links to the wider political situation and in an intricate story Parot successfully brings the two together. The descriptions of Paris are detailed and give a real sense of a city in turmoil on the brink of revolt.
Iñaki Tofiño
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Génial, comme d'habitude. Polar, roman historique, langage absolument fantastique... Ce qui me préoccupe est le fait que les ans passent et la Révolution va arriver; que va se passer alors avec Monsieur Le Floch?
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery set in an interesting time period. Very wordy though
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Having felt these were getting predictable, I should have appreciated the fact that there was a shift in genre here from detective story to historical novel. (Although the dénouement did reveal some setting of clues for the reader which have not always featured in the more strictly 'policiers' of the series.) However, for the first time, I felt as if I really didn't know enough of the historical background to follow. And I discovered that without the dominant investigation to carry me along, thi ...more
Jo-anne Atkinson
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in favour with his superior and trusted by the King, Nicolas le Floch is entrusted on a diplomatic mission to Austria. Whilst there he realises that the relationships between the two countries are complex and that spying and diplomacy are used by both to undermine and influence. Returning to Paris le Floch discovers unrest among the masses and rumours of a plot to drive up the price of bread, then the local baker is discovered dead. Is this part of the plot or is it a simpler tale of a man ...more
E Vikander
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police Commissioner, Nicholas le Floch, must solve the murder of master baker Jacques Mourut found dead in his kneading trough. To complicate matters, the citizens are inflamed over the rising cost of bread and the grain and flour monopolies. Mobs smash shop windows and stores are looted. Set in 1775 France, a complicated web of politics and greed entwines the commissioner’s duty just as a new King (Louis XVI) is about to be crowned—the seeds are sown for the revolution that follows 13 years lat ...more
Margaret Sankey
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a pretty good French historical mystery series that a friend sends me. Now, by 1775 and the 6th installment, we're into the reign of Louis XVI, and the plot sees our protagonist sent to Vienna to deliver a bust of Marie-Antoinette to Maria Theresa, while investigating the collapse of France's network of intelligence agents in Hapsburg territory. This gets extra points for being uncompromising about historical reality--the aristocratic protagonist has an illegitimate son whose social stat ...more
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Une nouvelle enqu?te du commissaire Nicolas Le Floch : le roi Louis XV est mort et il travaille d?sormais pour son petit fils Louis XVI. Il est ainsi envoy? en mission ? Vienne pour ?lucider la fa?on dont les Autrichiens ont bien pu se procurer les clefs du Secret du Roi. A peine est-il rentr? que le boulanger qui officiait au rez-de-chauss?e de son logis est assassin?. Le commissaire va s?apercevoir que toutes ses ?nigmes finissent par se recouper.

Je n?ai pas ?t? emball?e par cette histoire. L?
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Came upon this crime novel by chance, in Brittany. It got an Academie de Bretagne prize, so I picked it up - and enjoyed it. The author convincingly recreates 18th century France, just pre-revolutionary, with lively descriptions of Paris and Vienna street life, food and meals prepared and Versailles court protocol. The crime plot excites at the beginning, does get a little lost in the interim and its resolution is not as fascinating as its outset, but that does not, for some reason, make the nov ...more
Eileen Hall
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Nicholas Le Floch story, this time involving Marie Antoinette initially.
He travels to Austria to deliver a bust of her to her mother, but is secretly checking up on the French secret intelligence in that country.
When he returns to Paris he finds that all is not well including the death of a baker.
Jean- Francois Parot never fails to paint vivid pictures of life in Paris during this turbulent time and I look forward to reading more from him.
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