City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

Appointed to conquer the ?crime capital of the world,? the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light. The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods o Appointed to conquer the ?crime capital of the world,? the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of m...

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Title:City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris
Author:Holly Tucker
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393239780
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris Reviews

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jul 13, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

  • Sandy Voegtlen
    Jan 13, 2018

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think thi...

    I struggled between giving this book either 2 or 3 stars. The history was really interesting, but I thought the book was very hard to follow. There were so many characters introduced which I thought were not fully explained or developed that it was sometimes hard to keep everyone strai...

    I found this quite fascinating. Set in the days of Louis the XIV, Paris was a shambles, and the first Police Chief La Reynie comes into power, to try to establish order in the area. One of his first tasks to fight crime, is to pull the city from darkness. He establishes street lamps th...

    This author did a lot of research, supposedly based on actual historical records, into the more prurient details of French history. This is not a history of the Parisian police. It felt like watching an episode of one of the trashier reality TV programs. There were poisonings, abortion...

    This was an interesting look into the early police procedures in Paris. I was horrified. It's no wonder they had a very bloody revolution. ...

  • Natacha Pavlov
    Aug 18, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think thi...

    I struggled between giving this book either 2 or 3 stars. The history was really interesting, but I thought the book was very hard to follow. There were so many characters introduced which I thought were not fully explained or developed that it was sometimes hard to keep everyone strai...

    I found this quite fascinating. Set in the days of Louis the XIV, Paris was a shambles, and the first Police Chief La Reynie comes into power, to try to establish order in the area. One of his first tasks to fight crime, is to pull the city from darkness. He establishes street lamps th...

    This author did a lot of research, supposedly based on actual historical records, into the more prurient details of French history. This is not a history of the Parisian police. It felt like watching an episode of one of the trashier reality TV programs. There were poisonings, abortion...

    This was an interesting look into the early police procedures in Paris. I was horrified. It's no wonder they had a very bloody revolution. ...

    *I received a review copy from the publisher?thank you! Well researched and at times quite morbid, I found this a compelling read. A historical true crime account that reads like a dark novel, it follows the first police chief of Paris, Nicolas de La Reynie, as he takes on the Af...

  • Robert Melnyk
    Apr 27, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think thi...

    I struggled between giving this book either 2 or 3 stars. The history was really interesting, but I thought the book was very hard to follow. There were so many characters introduced which I thought were not fully explained or developed that it was sometimes hard to keep everyone strai...

  • Faith
    Dec 25, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think thi...

    I struggled between giving this book either 2 or 3 stars. The history was really interesting, but I thought the book was very hard to follow. There were so many characters introduced which I thought were not fully explained or developed that it was sometimes hard to keep everyone strai...

    I found this quite fascinating. Set in the days of Louis the XIV, Paris was a shambles, and the first Police Chief La Reynie comes into power, to try to establish order in the area. One of his first tasks to fight crime, is to pull the city from darkness. He establishes street lamps th...

    This author did a lot of research, supposedly based on actual historical records, into the more prurient details of French history. This is not a history of the Parisian police. It felt like watching an episode of one of the trashier reality TV programs. There were poisonings, abortion...

  • Amy
    Oct 11, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think thi...

    I struggled between giving this book either 2 or 3 stars. The history was really interesting, but I thought the book was very hard to follow. There were so many characters introduced which I thought were not fully explained or developed that it was sometimes hard to keep everyone strai...

    I found this quite fascinating. Set in the days of Louis the XIV, Paris was a shambles, and the first Police Chief La Reynie comes into power, to try to establish order in the area. One of his first tasks to fight crime, is to pull the city from darkness. He establishes street lamps th...

  • Rachel
    Mar 18, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

  • Sean Gibson
    May 08, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

  • Annie
    Jun 18, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...

    *I received a free advance reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I thought this was going to be a history of founding of Parisian law enforcement, similar to the early days of Scotland Yard. It is not. I expected a police procedural history. Instead, what I g...

    Full review at TheBibliophage.com Holly Tucker has accomplished a feat of research in creating City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris. More than that, Tucker has made the detailed historical events and personages into an incredibly readable...

    An intensely well-researched book about a little-known (okay, so it was little-known to me, anyway) and fairly bizarre slice of French history. There are a lot of details. Details outside the main story, details that you miiiiiiiight just not care enough about. So I don't think thi...

  • Emily
    Oct 04, 2017

    Imagine the Salem witch trials, only instead of rough woolen homespun, everyone is wearing fancy dresses, ridiculous wigs, and too much rouge, and they?re speaking with French accents (well, and in French)?oh, and instead of charges being completely absurd and totally fabricated, l...

    THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE!!! I absolutely LOVED this work of historical nonfiction. Tucker's writing is absolutely phenomenal. She truly paints a picture of 17th century France, and at times it feels like you're reading a novel rather than historical nonfiction. It's a page turner, but...