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The Menagerie
The Menagerie

The Menagerie


394 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781951122195

Rights: WOR

Artemesia Publishing, LLC (Jun 2021)


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Will the nervous King stop the investigation or can La Reynie uncover the plot to kill Athénaïs?

There was only one way to win the heart of the King of France, and it led straight through sorcery and witchcraft.

Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart had to have Louis, King of France, but his other mistresses stood in the way. Then she meets the very helpful sorceress and Athénaïs gets her wish. But soon Louis hears tales of witchcraft and poison, a conspiracy spreading through his court—like the beasts in the Versailles menagerie, courtesans are clawing their way to his favor, and his bed. He orders Lieutenant General of Police Gabriel-Nicolas de la Reynie to investigate. Mysterious deaths mount while La Reynie presses on, hauling in witches, charlatans, and the nobility alike. Grimy fingers point to Athénaïs, the King's mistress, with whispers of a black mass celebrated over her naked body. Then La Reynie discovers a plot to kill her.


"The Menagerie, is a thrilling and compelling story that drives the reader to want to explore what is going to happen with the book's message of "Passion, Poison and Power," pushing many to seek the king’s favor. In the process there is witchcraft and murders and many fascinating characters swirling throughout this wonderfully written book by Judy Willmore." —M. Glenda Rosen, Author of The Senior Sleuths and Dying to Be Beautiful Mysteries

"A simply riveting read from first page to last... a deftly crafted historical mystery that will keep the reader's rapt attention from one unexpected plot twist to another." —Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Judy Willmore discovered the Affair of the Poisons years ago and has researched the events throughout her varied career as a journalist, private investigator, and as a psychotherapist. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. The Menagerie is her first novel and she is working on a sequel, The Flight. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she practices psychotherapy and psychological astrology.