A Treasury of Regrets by Susanne Alleyn

Find in catalogThis is a mystery story and is interesting from the very first page. A wealthy miser in 1790’s Paris shares his house with his second wife, his children, their families, and some live-in servants, a total of fourteen people. One morning he is poisoned, so naturally all members of the household are suspected. The book is written in an intelligent and straightforward style and moves at a steady clip. Only at the middle or latter third of the book does the pace slow a bit for character development and motive exploration; by then another death has occurred and two more are to follow. I enjoyed trying to anticipate who would be the guilty party, but it just isn’t possible to settle with confidence on any one person. The story is full of surprises and was a very satisfying read.

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