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Murder at Cirey: A Victor Constant Investigation (The Victor Constant Mysteries Book 1) by [Sawyer, Cheryl]
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This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Primarily set in France during eight days in 1735, the novel centers around military police corps member Victor Constant, who is propelled by a strong sense of justice, which often keeps him from noticing whose toes he steps upon. It’s this stunning indifference to France’s very strong class structure that earns Parisian Constant an involuntary transfer to the picturesque rural region of Champagne. Constant launches the investigation of the murder of a nobleman’s ambitious clerk on a nearby estate. At the estate, he meets, in an inevitably adversarial manner, the playwright Voltaire, opinionated lover of the estate’s mistress, Madame du Châtelet. Other members of Constant’s Chaumont brigade quickly pick up a penniless outsider as a suitable suspect in the crime … Constant is soon racing the clock to find the true mastermind behind the heinous deed as he battles provincial attitudes … Sawyer has created a winning character in the obstinate Constant in what is the first book in a proposed series, and she has surrounded him with memorable characters, both noble and commoner. Her experience as a historical researcher shines through, such as when Constant performs the 18th-century equivalent of a ballistics match … A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective.

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Kirkus Review
"This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer ... rings true. The novel centers around military police corps member Victor Constant ...  Constant is soon racing the clock to find the true mastermind behind the heinous deed as he battles provincial attitudes ... Sawyer has created a winning character in the obstinate Constant, in what is the first book in a proposed series, and she has surrounded him with memorable characters, both noble and commoner. A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective." 

Historical Novel Society: Editor's Choice
"Cheryl Sawyer weaves an excellent story and creates fabulous characters that stay with you long after you finish the book. Victor becomes something of a Richard Sharpe character, one you feel is infallible and is going to emerge victorious ... The novel is beautifully written and researched. Ms Sawyer combines vivid detail of murders and attacks with an enviable delicacy of touch with romantic scenes ... This is a fabulous novel and a rewarding read. I am glad to have known Victor Constant and I will look out for more of him in the future."

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  • File Size: 972 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T955R9G
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