Don’t let the title of Judith Rock‘s novel put you off.  After striking out in reading several other books or attempting to this one shines so sophisticatedly my faith in an excellent work of fiction is restored.  The Bishop of Marseilles sends his cousin, Charles to Paris to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing dance at the prestigious college Louis le Grand.  But the mystery unfolds as someone is targeting the students and Charles becomes involved in an effort to find out what happened.  Set in the 17th century Rock writes as though she was an active participant in the story and the book’s distinctive cover gives it added eloquence.  LA Carlson

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