The Whispering of Bones


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Berkley Books
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5.0 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

For many years a modern dancer and choreographer, Judith Rock founded Body and Soul Dance Company in Berkeley, California, toured extensively as a solo concert dancer, and studied baroque dance. Research for her Ph.D. in art and theology took her to Paris, where she lived at the nearby Jesuit Cultural Center and researched the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century ballets produced at the Paris Jesuit College of Louis le Grand.

In a startling leap, Rock then spent several years as a police officer before taking that experience back to the stage as a playwright and actress. She was an auxiliary officer in the NYPD and later a part-time police officer in Minnesota, working midnight shifts.

Rock has written on dance, art, and theology for many journals, and has been artist-in-residence and taught and lectured at colleges, seminaries, and conferences across the United States and abroad. After years in New York, she and her husband now live in Sarasota, Florida. The Rhetoric of Death, her first novel, was a 2011 Barry Award nominee.


Praise for the Charles du Luc novels

"Powerful, absorbing, complex, and thoroughly satisfying."--Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice)

"Energetic and engrossing."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A necessary read for all who enjoy historical mysteries."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Rich with telling detail and a deep feeling for time and place."--Margaret Frazer, national bestselling author of The Apostate's Tale

"A great mix of mystery, excitement and intrigue...a truly excellent series."--The Big Thrill

"Rock nails everything about characters, dialogue, setting, historical research, pacing and story development. ... an excellent historical detective series." --Bookgasm

"Not only satisfies the taste of historical mystery lovers but anyone who likes complex plots, twists, and elaborate mysteries. ... Judith Rock's research is as impeccable as her writing style. ... a great read." --Mystery Tribune

"Amazing ... Ms. Rock takes you back to fascinating and dangerous 17th century Paris so well that I suspect her of being a time-traveler who's been there."--Ariana Franklin, National bestselling author of Mistress of the Art of Death