Catherine
Delors
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For the King

The Reign of Terror has ended six years earlier, and Napoléon Bonaparte has seized power, but shifting political loyalties still tear apart families and lovers. 

On Christmas Eve 1800, a bomb explores along Bonaparte’s route, narrowly missing him but striking dozens of bystanders. Chief Inspector Roch Miquel, a young policeman with a bright future and a beautiful mistress, must arrest the assassins before they attack again. Complicating Miquel’s investigation are the maneuvers of his superior, the redoubtable Fouché, the indiscretions of his own father, a former Jacobin, and two intriguing women.

"A gripping historical that chronicles the efforts of a young police inspector to capture the men responsible for trying to kill Napoleon Bonaparte. Themes of class conflict, the messy process of change, and impossible love are nicely woven into the tense central plot of this fast-moving chase through the damp, rutted streets of turn-of-the-19th-century Paris." -Publishers Weekly

"From the bustling studio of the great painter David to the genteel houses along the river Seine, an indelible portrait of a city still fraught with political tensions - and an honorable man determined to see justice done." ~Sarah Johnson, author of Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre

"A breathtaking chase through the dark alleys of Napoleon's Paris. Delors crafts a riveting historical thriller." ~Lauren Willig, bestselling author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

"Combines the pulse-pounding suspense of a thriller with the glamour of superbly researched historical fiction." ~C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen

"A soul-stirring epic, replete with authentic detail." ~Elena Maria Vidal, author of Trianon

By the same author

Gabrielle ou les infortunes de la vertu

Publication date 14 April 2022. New French version of Mistress of the Revolution.

A flamboyant fresco, Gabrielle ou les infortunes de la vertu is the novel of the apprenticeship of a young aristocrat determined to defend her dignity scorned by men. Her fight for independence meets that of the people overthrowing privilege and oppression.

Mistress of the Revolution

Original English version of Gabrielle ou les infortunes de la vertu.

An impoverished noblewoman, Gabrielle de Montserrat is only fifteen when she meets her first love, a commoner named Pierre-André Coffinhal. But her brother forbids their union, forcing her instead to marry an aging, wealthy cousin.

Widowed and a mother before the age of twenty, Gabrielle arrives at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in time to be swept up in the emerging turbulence—and to encounter the man she never expected to see again. Determined and independent, she strives to find her own freedom as the Revolution takes an ever more violent turn.