I love historical fiction and this story, set in the turmoil and angst of the French Revolution in the late 1700's is up there with some of the best historical fiction I have read lately. Amongst French society, there are many countering influences - those who want the revolution to stop and return to the power of the Monarchy and those who don't think it has gone far enough and want liberty and franchisement for all citizens. Caught in the middle of this maelstrom is the Church, whose Clergy are soon to be required to sign an Oath of Allegiance to the terms of the Revolution. Opinions on signing are deeply divided and the Church is slowly tearing itself apart over the issue. Throw in the seemingly related murders of members of the Clergy, kidnapping, and corruption and you have the makings of a fast-paced and thrilling crime thriller. Commissaire Rouget Maison is the man tasked with solving these crimes and Maison is not one to be trifled with, even for the rich and powerful in revolutionary France.
This is a fast-paced, fascinating insight into one of the bloodiest and most violent times of our history. The authors pull no punches and the suffering, angst, and deviousness of players of the time are well highlighted and illustrated.
I am thrilled to discover that this is just one of a series of books based around the Revolution and Commissaire Maison. I will definitely be revisiting these authors and this series again in the near future. I highly recommend this read and have no hesitation in awarding the five stars it thoroughly deserves.