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Murder at Cirey: A Victor Constant Investigation (The Victor Constant Mysteries Book 1) by [Cheryl Sawyer]

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About the Author

Cheryl Sawyer has had six historical novels published in severalcountries by Random House, Penguin, Mir Knigi, Via Magna, Bertelsmannand others. Her protagonists face challenges in a world that ischanging, and the eventful period that engages her most passionately isthe eighteenth century, the age of the Enlightenment, revolution andinternational conflict, in Europe and across the Atlantic.

Cheryl has setMur der at Cirey, Victor Constant's first investigation,in what seems at first a peaceful rural district where everyone knowstheir place: the gentry in their country chateaux, the merchants in theprovincial towns and the well-to-do farmers growing wheat, beans andgrapes on the fertile Champagne land ...

As a mounted trooper, Victor Constant occupies one of the lowest ranksin a rigidly ordered society, where privilege often holds sway overjustice. But his superior officers learn at once that Victor's own sense of justice is too deep to be gainsaid, no matter how many powerfulpeople may stand in the way of the truth. One of these gentlemen, thenotorious free-thinker, Voltaire, plays an ambiguous role at thebeginning of the story.

Cheryl Sawyer says: 'Victor boldly tackles the mystery of these crimeshimself, against all odds. But Voltaire does make a contribution, as akind of consultant detective. Writing this 18th century policeprocedural required a lot of research, of course. Which provided themost extraordinary background for Victor's tenacious and risky methodsof detection. His next investigation will take place in the same region, where he has the great skill of revealing what goes on beneath thedeceptive surface of "well-ordered" society.'

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00T955R9G
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 30, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 972 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 266 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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