When an assassination attempt on Napoleon Bonaparte goes horribly wrong, leaving the First Consul alive and many innocent citizens wounded or dead, it's up to Chief Inspector Roch Miquel to discover who was responsible and then to capture them.
In 1800, the police did not have access to international electronic files, fingerprints, or forensic medicine. What they did have were politics, payoffs, bribes, and other forms of corruption. By the time the investigation and trial are over, Roch would come to see his own naivete as he witnessed executions, deportations, and the true nature of the women in his life.
Catherine Delors's For the King has all the elements that make historical fiction compelling and then goes even further. The novel is a little bit history, a little bit mystery, and a little bit love story, and the mix works beautifully.
Several elements make this story come alive. First, the novel is based on real events and real people, and Delors's research and careful re-creation of the original investigation and her descriptions of 1800 Paris pull the reader into the setting. Second, the fleshing out of the individuals and the sequence of events along with the thoughtful embellishing of the facts build interest in the mystery and keep the reader invested.
For the King will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction and/or historical mysteries and thrillers. I'm looking forward to reading more by Delors.
Stop back tomorrow when I'll be hosting Catherine Delors here on Beth Fish Reads. I'm pleased to be able to share her post with you and to offer a copy of For the King to one of you.
Published by Penguin / Dutton, 2010
Challenges: Historical Fiction, 100+
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