• Complot à Versailles


    by Annie JAY

     I'll talk about my favourite book, « Complot à Versailles » by Annie Jay. This book is my favourite because it mixes the History of France and a detective novel, in brief, it's all that I like ! I think that it is one of the best books that I have ever read !

     This book appeared for the first time in 1993 in the editions « Hachette Jeunesse ». Since then, two other volumes have appeared, « La Dame aux élixirs » and « L'Aiguille empoisonnée ».

     This story tells the life of two girls in 1676. One of them, the granddaughter of the old knight of Saint-Béryl who was rejected the previous years by Queen Anne of Austria, is called Pauline ; the other one is called Cécile and remembers nothing about her past. When Pauline is invited in Versailles to become a bridesmaid of Queen Marie-Thérèse of Austria and when Cécile, who criticizes non-stop the noble persons, accompanies her to be her chambermaid, they do not suspect that they are going to have to thwart a horrible plot...

    Lucie, 3F


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    Monday 4th March 2013 at 17:24

    Did Anni Jay write other novels? If yes, have you read them?

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 14:45

    Yes, Annie Jay has written several other novels than I had already read : "Au nom du Roi", "La Vengeance de Marie", "A la poursuite d'Olympe", "L'inconnu de la Bastille"...       

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 14:54

    Do you know other books where there're the same type of story?

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 15:06

    very good book

    Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 15:17

    Have you an other favourite author ?



    Friday 22nd March 2013 at 19:11

    To answer the question of andréa~ :

    In books having the same type of story, I can quote you the collection "Ysée" written by Evelyne Brisou-Pellen, "Les Orangers de Versailles", "Parfum de meurtre" and "Pour le coeur du Roi" (these three books follow each other) by Annie Pietri, the collection "Mon histoire" written by various authors but who have all in common the narrative of certain time told by girls in their personal diary (there have all the time): the Antiquity, the Renaissance, the Age of the Enlightenment and the heights of others) and the collection "Lady Grace" written by Patricia Finney. But there is so much that I can't unfortunately all quote them !

    Friday 22nd March 2013 at 19:25

    To answer in Alicia...:

    I have it to much ! In contemporary authors, I like very much Anne-Marie Desplat-Duc ( with her famous collections "Les Colombes du Roi Soleil" and "Marie-Anne : fille du Roi" ), Fabrice Colin, Annie Pietri, Evelyne Brisou-Pellen... And in authors older, there is Madame de La Fayette, Guy de Maupassant, George Orwell, Gustave Flaubert, Molière, Corneille... I recommend to everybody to read their books !

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