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Loved it I can see how some people might be unhappy with this entry in the series, as much of the action takes place not near Louis le Grand but in the palace of King Louis XIV at Versailles Personally I loved observing Charles out of his comfort zone and dealing with the intrigues of court The mystery itself was okay, interesting while it was going on but without much resolution at the end Quite a few times I wanted to reach through the book and slap some of the pampered students Charles ha Loved it I can see how some people might be unhappy with this entry in the series, as much of the action takes place not near Louis le Grand but in the palace of King Louis XIV at Versailles Personally I loved observing Charles out of his comfort zone and dealing with the intrigues of court The mystery itself was okay, interesting while it was going on but without much resolution at the end Quite a few times I wanted to reach through the book and slap some of the pampered students Charles has to deal with But I read this fairly quickly in the limited reading time I had I really like the characters and enjoy the sense of time and place the author has created here The third in a series of historical mysteries I have not seen before, this is a solid intrigue set at Versailles in 1687, as Louis XIV encourages the Turks to keep his Austrian enemies busy while he leans on the Dutch and tries to get stronger ties with Poland The problem is that doing so involves people the inbred, buzzing, constantly plotting people at court, most of whom are also running their own games Into this mess comes Jesuit seminarian Charles de Luc, former soldier, thoroughly disil The third in a series of historical mysteries I have not seen before, this is a solid intrigue set at Versailles in 1687, as Louis XIV encourages the Turks to keep his Austrian enemies busy while he leans on the Dutch and tries to get stronger ties with Poland The problem is that doing so involves people the inbred, buzzing, constantly plotting people at court, most of whom are also running their own games Into this mess comes Jesuit seminarian Charles de Luc, former soldier, thoroughly disillusioned with the Sun King, and just supposed to drop off a flattering, sycophantic token for the king s second wife Madam de Maintenon Instead, he finds three bodies, a rebellious bastard daughter of the king, an assassination plot and bad conditions drippy moldy ceiling, spoiled food that just make it seem like everyone is being poisoned #READ E-PUB ì A Plague of Lies æ Madame de Maintenon is King Louis XIV s second wife The daughter of a minor noble of ill repute, she has not forgiven the king s Jesuit confessor for encouraging him to withhold the title of Queen from her To placate her, the prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation including her distant relation Pere Jouvancy and rhetoric teacher Charles du Luc to Versailles with a gift of reliquaryThe Sun King s palace is spectacular, but the delegation s visit grows darker and darker On their first night, a courtier dies, and court whispers claim poison Then the Jesuits fall direly ill, and a palace gardener is found murdered Now, fear grips a court where everyone has secrets to hide I enjoyed this third outing with Ma tre Charles du Luc, but the action really dragged for me once Charles left Versailles and returned home to Louis le Grand, hence four stars dropping to three stars I love the world Judith Rock recreates, 1680s France peopled by Jesuits, courtiers, students and peasants I am unfamiliar with the time and place and like most fans of historical fiction mystery, I love the genre because I learn so much along with enjoying an exciting puzzle Here, however, as wit I enjoyed this third outing with Ma tre Charles du Luc, but the action really dragged for me once Charles left Versailles and returned home to Louis le Grand, hence four stars dropping to three stars I love the world Judith Rock recreates, 1680s France peopled by Jesuits, courtiers, students and peasants I am unfamiliar with the time and place and like most fans of historical fiction mystery, I love the genre because I learn so much along with enjoying an exciting puzzle Here, however, as with her first book, Rhetoric of Death , I enjoyed the characters and appreciated the depth of research she clearly puts into her work, but found the pacing slowing to a crawl about 3 4 through the book I skimmed to the last 10 pages or so and things picked up again I have been unable to get hold of her second book, Eloquence of Blood , but would be curious to see if I had the same problem I will definitely read other books in this series as I can find them for the wonderful Ma tre Charles and his recurring characters of fellow Jesuits and friends and neighbors, and the amazing period Rock brings so vividly to life I find myself liking Judith Rock s protagonist, Maitre Charles du Luc,andas this series progresses Rock has created a character whose growth is apparent from book to book Beginning as a fairly callow young soldier turned Jesuit, du Luc is slowly leaving behind his desires to have the Church and the world, too In this book, the reader finds him confronting his own distaste for court life, difficult personalities, and even the King himself, to move closer to the priest he wants to b I find myself liking Judith Rock s protagonist, Maitre Charles du Luc,andas this series progresses Rock has created a character whose growth is apparent from book to book Beginning as a fairly callow young soldier turned Jesuit, du Luc is slowly leaving behind his desires to have the Church and the world, too In this book, the reader finds him confronting his own distaste for court life, difficult personalities, and even the King himself, to move closer to the priest he wants to be.My enjoyment of these books is slightly tempered by Rock s often languid pacing and her propensity for delaying the real action of the book until fairly late Still, well worth the read for the well researched look into France in the era of the Sun King, its politics, religion, and common life I m so pleased to discover that this is the third historical mystery featuring rhetoric teacher and novice Jesuit Charles du Luc I can search out the second one that I missed The prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation to Versailles to present the gift of a reliquary to King Louis XIV s second wife, Madame de Maintenon the former governess of his illegitimate offspring , in hopes of placating her in the matter of the king s Jesuit confessor s advice to withhold from her I m so pleased to discover that this is the third historical mystery featuring rhetoric teacher and novice Jesuit Charles du Luc I can search out the second one that I missed The prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation to Versailles to present the gift of a reliquary to King Louis XIV s second wife, Madame de Maintenon the former governess of his illegitimate offspring , in hopes of placating her in the matter of the king s Jesuit confessor s advice to withhold from her the title of queen But almost immediately they arrive a courtier falls dead in his tracks the entire Jesuit delegation falls dreadfully ill a palace gardener is found murdered In the midst of all this, Charles learns that one of his students is in love with the king s rebellious and betrothed daughter, and may ruin not only himself but all of them My new favorite mystery series I ve read the first three and eagerly await 4 I confess that while the writing is elegant, and the world building superb, it s my favorite because I m a bit in love with the Jesuit priest hero, Charles And actually, with the characters in general For me, they are very vivid, leaping off the page and into the beautifully rendered realm of 16th Century Paris I especially loved the first one, because it was very focused on Charles In the second book, I was quit My new favorite mystery series I ve read the first three and eagerly await 4 I confess that while the writing is elegant, and the world building superb, it s my favorite because I m a bit in love with the Jesuit priest hero, Charles And actually, with the characters in general For me, they are very vivid, leaping off the page and into the beautifully rendered realm of 16th Century Paris I especially loved the first one, because it was very focused on Charles In the second book, I was quite taken with the beggar queen, Reine The third, A PLAGUE OF LIES is a particular favorite for the world building, as we go to Versailles Much poisonous plotting and infamous court intrigue amid glossy satins and oozings of lace A delightful series, dark edged but warm hearted 2.5 I was slightly disappointed in the latest Charles de Luc mystery Not that it was downright terrible it was not Plague of Lies just seemed, to me, to be lacking in some crucial piece that makes a mystery great Through the last couple of pages I kept anticipating a twist, or at the very least complete resolution to the who done it There was neither.I also took issue with the uneven and incomplete picture painted of most of the characters I never got a really good impression of who any 2.5 I was slightly disappointed in the latest Charles de Luc mystery Not that it was downright terrible it was not Plague of Lies just seemed, to me, to be lacking in some crucial piece that makes a mystery great Through the last couple of pages I kept anticipating a twist, or at the very least complete resolution to the who done it There was neither.I also took issue with the uneven and incomplete picture painted of most of the characters I never got a really good impression of who any of them truly were.Overall, Plague of Lies seemedof a giant hint at Charles increasing confusion over his vocation It will be interesting to see where that goes in his next adventure, which I will definitely read An historical mystery set during the reign of Louis XIV, full of detailed descriptions of Versailles and what everyone at court wore This isliterary than fast paced The end was predictable, but I enjoyed the book enough that I have added the next in the series to my TBR list. Four and a half stars, but I ll round up because I like this author and want to tilt her ratings up instead of down.This is the third book in a series of historical mysteries by Judith Rock I loved her first book, found her second one a bit faltering in cohesiveness, and think she made a solid entry with her third Charles de Luc, a young Jesuit aspirant, has to go to Versailles He is less than thrilled about this, since he dislikes the militarism and vast amounts of spending that Louis XIV is Four and a half stars, but I ll round up because I like this author and want to tilt her ratings up instead of down.This is the third book in a series of historical mysteries by Judith Rock I loved her first book, found her second one a bit faltering in cohesiveness, and think she made a solid entry with her third Charles de Luc, a young Jesuit aspirant, has to go to Versailles He is less than thrilled about this, since he dislikes the militarism and vast amounts of spending that Louis XIV is famous for The plot mechanism for getting him there and involved in intrigue may be a bit clunky, but I was enjoying myself too much to let it bother me We get gorgeous descriptions of Versailles, the dazzling nobility, the peculiarities of life at court I was especially fond of how the author was able to create such a nuanced portrait of Louis XIV with so few direct interactions with him I sympathized with Charles getting drawn into the orbit of the high spirited princess The end may have taken a bit of an easy way out I was fine with that too, because I minterested in the development of Charles as a character than the mechanics of the mystery.Charles is a genuinely devout young man I don t really have faith myself, but I m impressed when an author succeeds in creating a character of faith that is capable of doubt and logical nuanced thinking I find that mostly religious characters turn out to be bad guy hypocrites or idiot plot obstacles Charles, however, believes in a loving and generous God and wants most of all to be close to Him However, Charles is also compassionate and gets drawn into conflicts of obedience because of his attachment to people I think that Judith Rock does a great job of portraying an intelligent mind prior to the Age of Reason I m looking forward toof her insights in her next book