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A Dish Taken Cold

Perry, Anne

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ISBN 10: 0786708220 / ISBN 13: 9780786708222
Published by New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: A Dish Taken Cold

Publisher: New York: Carroll & Graf

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Compellingly, with the narrative elegance that has placed her Victorian mystery novels on best-selling fiction lists worldwide, Edgar Award-winning novelist Anne Perry turns her unerring historical eye to Paris 1792. Revolution is yielding to Terror, and the city is hungry—for justice, for vengeance, for bread. So, too, is Celie Deleure, a servant in the household of the celebrated Madame de Stael, when her infant son suffers an inexplicable death.

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Departing from her usual Victorian milieu (the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and the William Monk series), Edgar-winner Perry has concocted a neat tale of survival and revenge at novella length, set in revolutionary France. It's the summer of 1792, three years after the fall of the Bastille, and the natives of Paris are increasingly discontented with the food shortages, the arbitrary mob rule, the lack of effective leadership by the Commune. On the border, meanwhile, the Prussians threaten invasion. Against this ominous backdrop, Celie, a young widowed servant in the employ of the real-life Madame de Sta‰l, suffers a personal tragedy. Celie's baby son, Jean-Pierre, dies in his crib, unattended by the friend, Amandine, in whose care she entrusted him. Later Celie learns that Amandine's lover, Georges, lured her away for a tryst during the fatal hour. Giving in to her worst feelings, Celie betrays the negligent lovers to the authorities, who are all too quick to arrest anyone on suspicion of treason. But not all is as it seems, and as the Prussian army marches on Paris and Marat sets the Terror in full bloody swing, the nobler side of Celie's nature comes to the fore as she contrives to have a little justice done amid the horrors. While slight in comparison to her novels, this spare, well-crafted novella should please Perry's fans.

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