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review: Dark Angels

Dark Angels by Karleen Koen When her affianced suddenly married one of her closest friends, lady-in-waiting Alice Verney traveled to France to serve Charles II’s sister, Henriette–married toMonsieur, Louis XIV’s brother, and known asMadame in the French court. Leaving Queen Catherine and her homeland, she found great consolation in waiting upon her new mistress, but even this was soon to come to an end. A plot centered on the mysterious death of Madamebecame a further threat when Henri Ange, a dangerous man from Monsieur’s household, showed up in England skulking around the Queen’s household. Alice, along with the Queen’s Captain of the Guard, Richard Saylor, began searching for the man they believed poisoned Princess Henriette. The Duke of Buckingham, having ties with Ange, and with…

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review: Before Versailles

Before Versailles by Karleen Koen Louis XIV is a young king on the cusp of power when Cardinal Mazarin dies, leaving the realm in the hands of Nicholas Fouquet and other trusted ministers. Louis was changing from inexperienced and naive to a man his musketeers deemed a worthy king. We see his fumbled attempts at courting his brother’s wife and the resulting mess, as well as his budding love for Louise de La Valliere. This is not a love story of either women, but an intriguing version of events from many points of view, most importantly Louis’s. It’s also a mystery, as there are two series of events that present several possible culprits which are revealed later in the book. These conspiracies were new to…

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