Palace of Justice (Aristide Ravel - author's suggested reading order #2)
Louis XVI is in his grave, and Marie-Antoinette is on her way to trial. Paris is hungry, restless, and fearful in the autumn of 1793, and the guillotine’s blade is beginning to fall daily on the necks of enemies of the French Republic. Not even members of the Republican government are safe from the threat of the Revolutionary Tribunal, where the only sentence for the guilt...more
As a reader who has thus far found only dreck masquerading as historical fiction about the French Revolution, I despaired that anyone other than the rather dense Hilary Mantel would ever get it right. Beginning with the abysmal Tale of Two Cities [I don’t care if people think Dickens is a literary icon not to be disparaged—he got the entire Revolution wrong, and peopled it with saccharine characters], and the smarmy and ridiculous Scarlet Pimpernel, and on and on through ...more
While the guillotine is hard at work in Paris, someone is performing their own executions. Seemingly random victims of beheadings are being found in Paris. Aristide Revel, an investigator for the police, is concerned about the fate of his arrested friends, including one from childhood. In the meantime, he must find a killer.
It's no secret that I adore this series. Alleyn has done a masterfully creative job of integrating a well-paced series of intricate mysteries into the politically vibrant and sensually dismal period of post-Revolution Paris. You can see, smell, and taste the teeming streets and cloying chambers as brooding pseudo-detective Aristide Ravel makes his way through suspects and informants, burdened with such oppressive baggage of his own that we sometimes wonder if he’ll wind up on the othe ...more
The mystery portions of Palace are clever and twisty, though I thought it less a whodunnit than a procedural couple ...more
October 1793, Paris: Marie-Antoinette is on her way to the guillotine and police investigator Aristide Ravel realizes that a headless body, found by the Palais-Égalité (that was and is the Palais-Royal, across from the Louvre), is only one of many beheaded corpses being deposited around the city. A freelance decapitator is at work, “barbari ...more
A childhood fascination with the French Revolution which grew into a life long exploration of that subject has become a boon for readers of historical fiction with Susanne Alleyn’s Aristide Ravel series. The fourth story to feature Ravel is deemed by many to be her best, and we tend to agree.
It is the autumn of 1793 when Paris is torn asunder by fear, hunger, and distrust Madame Guillotine is kept busy - beheading the Queen as well as any and all who run afoul of the Revolutionary Tribunal for ...more
Immensely satisfying read (and in places sad), with characters wonderfully drawn out.
In Paris, Marie Antoinette's trial looms and headless corpses are being dumped around Paris. There is a serial killer lose among the citizens, one who appears to ch ...more
Palace of Justice portrays this struggle dramatically through the eyes of one police investigator who has a greater sense of justice than the revolutionary government or the courts.
A serial killer is loose in Paris seemingly killing and beheading his victims at random. But Aristide is d ...more
Headless corpses are being found littered in the streets of Paris that have nothing to do with the guillotine.
Out of the 4 books in the series, this one is my favorite by far. There are so many plots and subplots and the mystery seems to thicken at every corner. You can tell this novel was very well researched. Alleyn does a superb job at creating the climate of uncertainty where anyone can literall ...more
My first impression was hesitation, as there was a glossary of terms up front. It was helpful, but I prefer not to have to interpret what I am reading. I liked the story, although some of the character roles remain a bit fuzzy for me. Loved the history. I will likely read more by the author.
As an aside, it amazes me how many similarities there are between the French and Russian Revolutions.
Susanne grew up in Massachusetts and New York C ...more