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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 Original edition (Sept. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425242978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242971
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judith Rock is a former professional dancer, and has written on dance, art, and theology for many journals. She has been artist-in- residence and taught and lectured at colleges, seminaries, and conferences across the U.S. and abroad. She was also a police officer in both Minnesota and New York City. She now lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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By Anna M. Spilker on June 18 2014
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Not as interesting as the later books. I found it a bit hard going and had to eventually abandon it, It just did not keep my interest.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another great read! Oct. 10 2011
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Judith Rock's second in what I hope will be a many-volume series of historical mystery novels finds her seventeenth century Jesuit protagonist, Charles du Luc, called upon by his superiors to seek a murderer who's killed more than once and may strike again. Or is it only one murderer? Once again set in Paris, Rock's engaging tale gives us a fascinating look at and feel for what life in this time must have been like, for both the well-off and the poor. The story is fast-paced and tightly written and her characters, engaging and complex. I can't wait for the next in the series! In the meantime, I'm enjoying her website [...])where she includes additional historical information about the time period.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
She does it again Oct. 18 2011
By Patrick Henry - Published on
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This second in Rock's series adds to and deepens even further her brilliant evocation of late 17th-century Paris. While reading I had a vivid, almost tactile sense of really being there then. She has an uncommon gift for looking, paying attention. Over and over again, with a few deft sentences she conjures a setting--a room, a street, a pub, a stage--and displays, as she did in The Rhetoric of Death, a gift for dialogue. Before you're very far into the book, you could identify who spoke a sentence simply by the way it's constructed and sounds. Rock's hero, Jesuit Master Charles du Luc, like G. K. Chesterton's ecclesiastical sleuth, Father Brown, demonstrates that there is a mysterious affinity between good theology and good detective work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For me, not as good as the first book in the series. Oct. 3 2013
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On many different levels this story was quite interesting to read. If I only had to consider it from the standpoint of how well it was written and how informative the depiction of the historical time, it would rate a solid four stars from me. My problem is that I wanted to read a historical mystery and this story simply felt as if it wandered around for 356 pages before it came back pretty much to where it started. I read the first novel in the series, The Rhetoric of Death, and was pleased to discover a new author who had written a well done historical mystery. I immediately ordered this second in the series plus the third, A Plague of Lies (A Charles du Luc Novel). I will go ahead and read the third book since I already have it and my reaction to that will determine if I chose to purchase the upcoming November 2013 release, The Whispering of Bones (A Charles du Luc Novel).

I enjoy the Maitre Charles du Luc character with the contrasts between his past life as a soldier with his new vocation to become a priest of the Jesuit order by teaching rhetoric and dance in the college of Louis le Grand operated by the Jesuits in Paris. I enjoy the true historical information given regarding this schooling for young boys and learning about the educational system in place at that time. I also like learning about Paris in the 1680's with all the social, religious, and political layers of life during this period in history. What I also want is an intriguing mystery to captivate my attention and challenge my deductive capabilities. For me, this novel was not as good from the standpoint of the construction of the mystery as the first novel. I sincerely hope that will not happen again in The Plague of Lies because I truly enjoy reading historical mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Terrific read! Nov. 26 2011
By Janet K. Sanders - Published on
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After finding myself totally engrossed in Judith Rock's Rhetoric of Death, I couldn't wait for the second Charles' mystery. The Eloquence of Blood did not disappoint. Again, I found myself on the streets of 17th century Paris peeking into the vividly drawn lives of an assortment of characters from police chief to beggars that Judith Rock so skillfully portrays. Jesuit-in-training Charles Du Lac, teacher and ballet producer, accepts his role as sleuth delving into two murders, while steering the plot around conflict between church and crown. I was most impressed by the amazing amount of historical details that Rock weaves throughout the novel. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of Charles!
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A mystery with depth Oct. 19 2011
By M. J. Sweet - Published on
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In this second in the Charles du Lac series, we are presented with a complex mystery situated in the context of the social, religious and economic situation of the period (France under Louis XVI). Rock integrates the historical background seamlessly into the story, and our Jesuit detective engages us with his wide human sympathy, and the conflict he feels between his religious obedience and his desire to see justice done. The narrative never flags, and this was a hard book to put down.