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BookPage Interview

BookPage Interview

Holly Tucker's City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a story so outlandish, one would be forgiven for thinking the book was historical fiction. But this tale of Parisian witches and possibly murderous noblewomen really...

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Review: Shelf Awareness

Review: Shelf Awareness

"Tucker's exposition is a true detective story of the finest kind....For anyone interested in the darker side of the Sun King's reign, City of Light, City of Poison will not disappoint." "The vivid true story of numerous murders by poison in Paris is set against the...

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Publishers Weekly Starred Review!

Publishers Weekly Starred Review!

Tucker (Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Science Revolution) vividly brings to life a slice of Parisian history in this rigorously researched true-crime epic, set during the reign of Louis XIV.

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Paris Was a Great Place to Get Poisoned in the 17th Century

  In 1667, Paris was a filthy crime-ridden mess, and Nicolas de La Reynie was the man hired to clean it up. As Holly Tucker tells it in City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic and the First Police Chief of Paris, the state of the capital made the would-be glorious Sun King of France, Louis XIV, look bad, and he wanted it fixed. And so La Reynie was installed as...
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BookPage Interview

Holly Tucker's City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a story so outlandish, one would be forgiven for thinking the book was historical fiction. But this tale of Parisian witches and possibly murderous noblewomen really did happen, and it rocked the foundation of one of the most powerful monarchies the world has ever...
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Review: Shelf Awareness

"Tucker's exposition is a true detective story of the finest kind....For anyone interested in the darker side of the Sun King's reign, City of Light, City of Poison will not disappoint." "The vivid true story of numerous murders by poison in Paris is set against the backdrop of Louis XIV's lush and sexually active reign."   [button...
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Finished Books Arrive

There are few things more MAGICAL than the day finished copies arrive. Publishers distribute galleys (also called ARCs) in advance of the finished book for reviewers and the media several months before the finished copies go to press. But the day the REAL THING shows up on your doorstep...so exciting! SIGN-UP FOR AUTHOR UPDATES & BOOK GIVEAWAYS Receive regular...
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A Letter Addressed to Madame Voisin

A letter addressed to Madame Voisin, a 17th-century fortune-teller/witch/poisoner. A young woman begs Voisin to cast a spell on her beloved so he will fall in love with her. Letters at the time were all of one piece. Writers folded their letters to create envelopes and then sealed them with wax. The letter was presented in a secret court hearing as evidence against her....
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