The City of Tears

Kate Mosse. Minotaur, $27.99 (560p) ISBN 978-1-250-20218-5
In Mosse’s vibrant sequel to 2018’s Burning Chambers, the year is 1572 and Minou Joubert (aka Marguerite Reydon-Joubert, Châtelaine of Puiver) is now married to Piet Reydon, a Huguenot soldier, and the mother of two children, Marta and Jean-Jacques. Minou and her family leave the peace and quiet of their estate and head for Paris to celebrate the royal wedding of Charles IX’s sister to Henry III of Navarre. In Paris, they get caught up in the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, the slaughter of Protestant Huguenots on the orders of the French king. In the chaos of those dark, dangerous days, seven-year-old Marta goes missing. As the years pass and Marta’s fate remains unknown, Minou faces the uncertainties of life in the midst of religious conflict while dealing with the lethal machinations of her family’s archenemy, ruthless Vidal du Plessis (aka Cardinal Valentin). She eventually flees France, taking refuge in Amsterdam, “her city of tears.” The fascinating historical detail fuels the drama and keeps the plot zipping along. Wilbur Smith fans will want to check this one out. 75,000 announced first printing. Agent: Mark Lucas, LAW (U.K.). (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 03/09/2020
Release date: 05/26/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Compact Disc - 978-1-250-75165-2
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