Reviewer: Affaire de Coeur (Oakland, CA USA) -
Armand Saint-Sylvestre has turned over a new leaf. He had supported his younger brothers and sisters by stealing from wealthy widows, but now that this is no longer necessary. He wants honest work. So he works as a spy for Captain Lambert. His mission is to find out if Fouquet is stealing from the king. Then one night, Armand is trapped into marriage by a cunning young beauty.... Madeleine is working as a spy for Fouquet, who wishes to find out for whom Armand is working . Fouquet brings pressure to bear on Madeleine because she inherited an estate when her husband died, but the marriage was never consummated. He suspects this, and so blackmails her into working for him. She wants to secure the future of her young nephew, whose mother is dying. When she married Armand, she knew he was a spy with an unsavory past. She did not know that he was her cousin's mystery lover. Armand did not know that Madeleine worked for his target. What happens when they find out makes for interesting reading. Michele Hauf's dramatic writing style and the French setting sweep the reader into the past.