The noted Sarasota-based novelist unveils the latest volume of her Charles du Luc historical mystery series. The book explores du Luc’s attempts to unravel a mystery that threatens his future as a Jesuit.
(Sarasota, FL) Sarasota-based mystery author Judith Rock will meet area readers at the upcoming launch party for her new novel, The Whispering of Bones, Tuesday, November 5, 6 p.m., at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street in Sarasota. The Whispering of Bones is the long-awaited fourth installment in Rock’s popular Charles du Luc historical mystery series. The author will read from and sign copies of her novel and participate in a Q&A session. The event includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public. For questions about this event, or for preorders of the $15 paperback novel, call 941-365-7900 or visit bookstore1sarasota.com.
Publishers Weekly has praised Rock’s “diligent research” and called her work “energetic and engrossing.” According to Georgia Court, owner of Bookstore1Sarasota, Rock’s books have received “high praise” from such literary review publications as Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal.
In The Whispering of Bones, the Jesuit priest-in-training Charles du Luc and his elderly confessor discover a murdered man in an ancient church crypt. Soon, another Jesuit disappears from the school where du Luc teaches. The mystery deepens when he discovers that a forged document from Poland, the source of a dark myth gathering around the Society of Jesus, is circulating illegally in Paris. In the midst of this, the soldier who once saved du Luc’s life enters the Jesuit Novice House, bringing du Luc’s most shameful battlefield secret back to haunt him. As he tries to untangle this web of seemingly unconnected events, du Luc sees that his efforts may well destroy his future as a Jesuit priest.
The unlikely root of the Charles du Luc historical fiction series, set in 17th-century Paris, can be traced back to 20th-century Florida, says Rock.
“During my high school years, just up the coast in Largo, I made frequent trips to Sarasota to see 17th- and 18th-century drama at the Asolo Theatre,” she says. “Those performances in the original Asolo Theatre were the beginning of my love for Baroque history and art.” The du Luc series includes the prior novels, The Rhetoric of Death, The Eloquence of Blood, and A Plague of Lies, and the e-novella Pernelle’s Escape.
Judith Rock grew up in southern Appalachia and wrote her first story at age six. After pursuing a career as a modern dancer and choreographer, and founding and co-directing the Body and Soul Dance Company in Berkeley, California, Rock earned a Ph.D. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Her research there would later provide the impetus for the Charles du Luc books. Rock later moved to New York City, where she spent several years as a police officer—an experience that led her back to the stage in Response Time, her one-woman show about what happens when a mid-life artist hits the streets as a cop. Rock currently lives in Sarasota with her husband, Jay. For more information, visit judithrock.com.
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