Books by Susanne Alleyn

The Executioner's Heir by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2013

"A well-researched, robust tale featuring an endearing executioner."
Alleyn (Palace of Justice, 2010, etc.), author of several historical mysteries set in France, fashions a dramatic tale based on an actual family of executioners in 18th-century Paris. Read full book review >
PALACE OF JUSTICE by Susanne Alleyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"A fiendishly clever and compelling mystery set in a grim, gripping vision of Paris where there is no justice, only shades of gray."
Alleyn's fourth (The Cavalier of the Apocalypse, 2009, etc.) takes readers back in time to Aristide Ravel's second major case, during the Terror after the French Revolution. Read full book review >
THE CAVALIER OF THE APOCALYPSE by Susanne Alleyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 2009

"An intriguing prequel to Ravel's revolutionary adventures (A Treasury of Regret, 2007, etc.) with a nice twist in the denouement."
A murder in 1786 Paris turns a hack writer into a first-rate detective. Read full book review >
A TREASURY OF REGRET by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2007

"Alleyn's historical authenticity—extending to a bibliography, glossary and other explanatory features—lifts her competent and conventional whodunit above the ordinary."
As the French Revolution comes to an end, a wealthy patriarch perishes along with it. Read full book review >
GAME OF PATIENCE by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2006

"Alleyn simultaneously considers the destruction caused by the Revolution as well as the smaller domestic mysteries of love lost and betrayed. The result can be compelling if sometimes over-ambitious and pretentious."
The French Revolution may have resulted in liberty for some, but Alleyn's latest dispatch from Revolutionary France (A Far Better Rest, 2000) examines the lives of those left behind. Read full book review >
A FAR BETTER REST by Susanne Alleyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2000

"Not all bad by any means, but Dickens's Tale remains the gold standard, and Alleyn's bold effort is little more than a pale imitation of it."
Canned history and muted histrionics are dutifully paraded in this earnest, overlong debut, which retells Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities from the viewpoint of the improbably heroic Sydney Carton. Read full book review >