An Aristile Raven Mystery, No 3
Minotaur Books / St. Martin's
July 2009 / 9780312379889
Historical mystery / Paris 1786
by Barbara Buhrer
Aristole Raven, a struggling writer, who writes political tracts
against the royal court, has the routine of roaming his churchyard
searching for subjects for his writing. He finds a man with his
throat cut surrounded by strange Masonic symbols. He is suspected
by the police because of his writings, but questioning by Police
Inspector Brasseur proves him innocent. Brasseur is impressed by
Raven's observations and deductions and appoints him to be his assistant.
Together they uncover a plot by the Duc D'Orleans to overthrow the
king (Louis XVI) and endeavor to find out if the Masonic Order is
involved. They become embroiled in royal politics and the royal
scandal about the Queen's necklace.
The Cavalier of the Apocalypse is the prequel to the previous
two mysteries. Alleyne has introduced Aristole Raven, a struggling
writer who becomes one of France's most illustrious detectives.
The year 1789 is the last year of the ancient regime, and the atmosphere
of the unrest and future turmoil is in evidence. The author has
portrayed the political atmosphere in depth.