The Cavalier of the Apocalypse

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In seething 1786 Paris, penniless writer Aristide Ravel, already suspected of subversion, must clear his name of murder. But his search for answers—with the aid of friends who may not be all that they seem—leads him into a tangle of conspiracy, secret societies, royal scandal, and imminent revolution, which grows only more complex when the corpse disappears. "Superb." (Publishers Weekly) More
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About Susanne Alleyn

Susanne Alleyn has loved history all her life, aided and abetted by her grandmother, Lillie V. Albrecht, an author of historical children's books in the 1950s and 60s. Happy to describe herself as an insufferable knowitall about historical trivia (although she lost on Jeopardy!), Susanne has been writing and researching historical fiction for nearly three decades. She is the author of A Far Better Rest, the reimagining of A Tale of Two Cities (Soho Press, 2000); the four Aristide Ravel Mysteries (St. Martin's Press); and The Executioner's Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France.

Nonfiction includes Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths (2012); A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion (2014); and The Weirder Side of Paris (2017).

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Review by: JaneofArch on July 06, 2017 :
Excellent historical setting (though I'm not perfectly familiar with the period) and smooth writing. Complex plot has a young poverty-stricken writer of anti-aristocratic propaganda pressured into attempting to solve a bizarre crime, not too long before the beginning of the French Revolution.

This should be shiver-inducing but the writing is too low-key and unemotional, and the relationships between the classes surprisingly relaxed. Needs to have some poor widows and orphans ground down by the Aristos, or at least run over by gilded carriages.

Held my interest, though, partly because of Aristede's broken heart.
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Review by: Francoise Pique on Oct. 31, 2016 :
A very good plot set in the Paris of 1786, amidst the prerevolutionary discontent with ancient privileges of church and nobility in a world that has changed and cannot abide them anymore. But even if the reader isn't much interested in French history, he or she will find a good story with an unexpected end, and the atmosphere of old Paris with its mud, its darkness, its fashionable cafes and tailors, its very poor and its very rich.
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Review by: manicmini on Sep. 27, 2016 :
Not a typical whodunit, not my typical read but yes! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters of this pre-revolution French drama. I am sure to include further Aristied Ravel mysteries in my 'A' list
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