The Rhetoric of Death (Charles du Luc Series #1)

The Rhetoric of Death (Charles du Luc Series #1)

by Judith Rock
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Rhetoric of Death 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DorieUebel More than 1 year ago
Overall a great first book and I look forward to the next from this author. Former soldier and Jesuit in training Charles du Lac helps some Protestants (including a former love) escape King Louis XIV's dragoons. When his cousin the Bishop of Marseilles finds out, he arranges Charles to be transferred to Paris to teach rhetoric and assist in directing dance at the prestigious Louis Le Grand. On his first day one of the dancers leaves class and is later found murdered. Charles was a likeable protagonist, kind and good-hearted. He tried to do the right thing regardless of religious or legal restrictions. He had a natural curiosity coupled with intelligence that served the plot well and the accusations against him were a good reason to have him involved in the investigation. The secondary characters were fairly well formed. I especially liked the baker's wife and her young daughter. The historical information in the book was interesting as well. I'm not that familiar with France during this time period so I can't swear how well researched it was, but it was interesting enough I was looking up Wikipedia entries to get more information on Louis XIV and the dragoons.
MargaretMacBean More than 1 year ago
So engaging, riding the countryside of France, running through the narrow streets of Paris....thanks.
R_Turett More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed historical fiction and mysteries, and this book fit right in. The difference between this book and other books is once I started reading it, I found myself finding time that I didn't have to read. The characters were interesting and I felt attached to them right away. The fact that all the mystery and intrigue was happening while they were trying to put on a ballet and tradegy just added to the story. Definitely a must read for anyone who likes mystery, historical fiction, theater, or reading about interesting characters.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was engaging and the characters were memorable. Judith's writing style is unique and addicting. I would give this book five stars.
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Although it's clear the author has researched the era in which the story takes place, she is not able to find a consistent rhythm or flow of words and ideas with which to describe it. The location may be France, but aside from a "Mon Dieu" or "petite" so-and-so interspersed on the pages, there's little to bring the reader -- particularly one who may be hungry for what's been offered as historical fiction -- into life as it was then lived. I felt the author took individual "index cards," (or the computer equivalent),each with a "French fact" on it, shuffled them and randomly inserted them throughout the story. It was tedious reading that left me with no fondness or enlarged understanding of any of the characters or, even more unfortunately perhaps, a desire to read the sequel I understand is available now.