Monday, October 4, 2010

News About the New Aristide Ravel Historical Mystery and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Amazing news that I just had to share lest I burst trying to hold it in.  So, as someone who is a lover of good historical fiction and, in particular, historical mysteries, I was absolutely thrilled to learn that Susanne Alleyn's latest Aristide Ravel historical mystery ~ Palace of Justice ~ is due out on around November 23. 

But wait! Although that is great news, it's not the news I'm talking about.  It was with great interest that I heard that Publishers' Weekly gave Palace a starred review, which I reproduce in its entirety for everyone who loves good historical fiction:
"Palace of Justice: An Aristide Ravel Mystery

"Susanne Alleyn, Minotaur, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-37394-8

At the height of the Reign of Terror in 1793, an unknown killer is emulating the work of the guillotine by leaving beheaded corpses all over Paris in Alleyn's superior fourth Aristide Ravel mystery (after 2009's The Cavalier of the Apocalypse). Given the tight control of the republican government, the police don't realize that the deaths are part of a series, but eventually former justice minister Georges Danton asks Ravel to solve the case. With delicate peace negotiations with the English under way, Danton fears that word of the atrocities will jeopardize them. The pressure to catch the killer only increases as the roster of victims expands to include a member of the government. Alleyn brilliantly captures the paranoid spirit of the times, and inserts enough twists to keep most readers guessing. This entry approaches the quality of the historical fiction of such authors as Steven Saylor and Laura Joh Rowland. (Dec.)" 
Look at all those superlatives!  "Superior."  "Brilliantly."  I'm sure you'll agree that this is great news too,'s still not the news I want to share.  I just heard that I'm getting an Early Review copy of Palace of Justice to review, and I should be receiving it within the week!!!!  Okay, now is that worth four exclamation points or what?'s still not the news I'm talking about.

This is the news I'm so excited about, and I think you will be too when you hear that Susanne has graciously consented to let me interview her for my blog (squeee), AND she's going to provide some copies of her previous Aristide Ravel novels for me to GIVE AWAY to some lucky readers!!!!! 

So, when is this five-exclamation-point interview and giveaway going to be officially announced?  Well, I'm thinking soon, in a week or so.  Can you wait that long?  Can I wait that long?  I am pretty darned excited, after all.  So stay tuned!  It's going to be so much fun!

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