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The Menagerie
The Menagerie

The Menagerie


394 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

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

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781951122195

Rights: WOR

Artemesia Publishing, LLC (Jun 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: June 2021


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

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.

Author Biography

Judy Willmore has had a varied career—first journalist, then private investigator; then a big switch: back to college for a psychology degree. She is now a practicing psychotherapist and astrologer in Albuquerque, New Mexico and working on the sequel to The Menagerie.