"A historical novel that hews so close to historical realities in 18th-century Paris that it would serve well on reading lists for history and literature courses. Taking a real family, known to French history scholars, who held the office of “executioner” across generations, she presents a social history that is factual and exciting, allowing readers to enter into the time period while savoring a good story."
Sarah Hanley, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of History and Law, University of Iowa
"Alleyn’s exhaustive research
pays off handsomely in well-drawn characters and colorful historical
context. In particular, her female characters are refreshing in their
range and willingness to defy stereotypes. A sequel would be welcome to
this deftly imagined tale of the years before the French Revolution. A
well-researched, robust tale featuring an endearing executioner."