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Blog Tour: The Shadows of Versailles (An Affair of the Poisons, Book One) by Cathie Dunn

Updated: Mar 2


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The Shadows of Versailles

An Affair of the Poisons, Book One

By Cathie Dunn



May 10th – May 21st 2021


Publication Date: November 20th, 2020

Publisher: Ocelot Press

Page Length: 277 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Mystery


Dazzled by Versailles. Broken by tragedy. Consumed by revenge.

When Fleur de La Fontaine attends the court of King Louis XIV for the first time, she is soon besotted with handsome courtier, Philippe de Mortain. She dreams of married life away from her uncaring mother, but Philippe keeps a secret from her.

Nine months later, after the boy she has given birth to in a convent is whisked away, she flees to Paris where she mends gowns in the brothel of Madame Claudette, a woman who helps ‘fallen’ girls back on their feet.

Jacques de Montagnac investigates a spate of abducted children when his path crosses Fleur’s. He searches for her son, but the trail leads to a dead end – and a dreadful realisation.

Her boy’s suspected fate too much to bear, Fleur decides to avenge him. She visits the famous midwife, La Voisin, but it’s not the woman’s skills in childbirth that Fleur seeks.


La Voisin dabbles in poisons.


Will Fleur see her plan through? Or can she save herself from a tragic fate?


Delve into The Shadows of Versailles and enter the sinister world of potions, poisoners and black masses during the Affairs of the Poisons, a real event that stunned the court of the Sun King!


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Cathie Dunn



Cathie Dunn writes historical fiction, mystery, and romance.

Cathie has been writing for over twenty years. She studied Creative Writing, with a focus on novel writing, which she now teaches in the south of France. She loves researching for her novels, delving into history books, and visiting castles and historic sites.

Her stories have garnered awards and praise from reviewers and readers for their authentic description of the past.


Cathie is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Alliance of Independent Authors.


After nearly two decades in Scotland, she now lives in the historic city of Carcassonne in the south of France with her husband, two cats and a rescue dog.


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Tour Schedule



May 10th

The Books Delight

Brook’s Journal

May 11th

Let Your Words Shine…

Books, Lattes & Tiaras

A Thousand Suns

May 12th

Historical Fiction With Spirit…

Jenny Knipfer’s Official Blog

Judith Arnopp’s Official Blog


May 13th

Elizabeth St John’ Official Blog

Amy Maroney's Official Blog

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May 14th

B for Book Review

The Writing Desk

CelticLady's Reviews

The Whispering Bookworm:

May 17th

MJ Porter’s Official Blog

Viviana Mackade’s Official Blog

LoupDargent.info


May 18th

Magic of Wor(l)ds.

Oh look, another book!

May 19th

A Darn Good Read

Linnea Tanner’s Official Blog

Wendy J Dunn’s Official Blog


May 20th

Zoe’s Art, Craft & Life

The Historical Fiction Blog

Deborah Swift’s Official Blog


May 21st

Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

The Book Bandit’s Library




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