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Book Signing and Reading with Holly Tucker, author of City of Light, City of Poison

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


We are so excited to have Holly Tucker (Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Science Revolution) join us at Star Line Books for a reading and signing of her newest book, City of Light, City of Poison.  For our patrons who love true detective stories and historical fiction, Tucker’s newest novel is not one to be missed!

Here’s what people are saying:

“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.” Shelf Awareness

“Tucker draws on other contemporary records to meticulously reconstruct this fascinating chapter in the annals of true crime. The result reads like a combination of the most compelling mystery fiction and Dumas’s romances of twisted court intrigues. ” Publisher Weekly (starred review)


More about the book:

Appointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light.

The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city. He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests. As he exposes their unholy work, he soon learns that no one is safe from black magic—not even the Sun King. In a world where a royal glance can turn success into disgrace, the distance between the quietly back-stabbing world of the king’s court and the criminal underground proves disturbingly short. Nobles settle scores by employing witches to craft poisons and by hiring priests to perform dark rituals in Paris’s most illustrious churches and cathedrals.

As La Reynie continues his investigations, he is haunted by a single question: Could Louis’s mistresses could be involved in such nefarious plots? The pragmatic and principled La Reynie must decide just how far he will go to protect his king.

From secret courtrooms to torture chambers, City of Light, City of Poison is a gripping true-crime tale of deception and murder. Based on thousands of pages of court transcripts and La Reynie’s compulsive note-taking, as well as on letters and diaries, Tucker’s riveting narrative makes the fascinating, real-life characters breathe on the page.


June 8
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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