Patricia M. Muhammad
Historical, Mystery, Fiction, Romance
September 18, 2020
Penelope Moreau is a Creole courtier in 18th century Versailles, France. She searches frantically for a paper containing a clue as to who actually committed the royal theft. Once this is proven, the evidence would refute her brother's, Armand's, alleged complicity in the crime. Pierre LeMercier is also an aristocrat of the king's court and is fascinated by Penelope's beauty and intrigued by her feigned lack of interest in him. Penelope and Pierre's courtship blossoms. Pierre vows, as well as Count Alexandre Montegeau a friend of Penelope and Armand's parents, to exonerate Armand, restore the House of Moreau's name. Pierre and Penelope hope to be wed when the matter is settled.
Penelope Moreau is a Creole courtier in 18th century Versailles, France. She searches frantically for a paper given to her containing one clue “Phillipe J.” She believes he connived the royal theft and once proven, would refute Armand’s alleged complicity in the crime. Pierre LeMercier is also an aristocrat of the king’s court and is fascinated by Penelope’s beauty and intrigued by her feigned lack of interest in him. Penelope and Pierre’s courtship blossoms demonstrating the depth of their mutual affection. Pierre vows, as well as Count Alexandre Montegeau a friend of Penelope and Armand’s parents, to exonerate Armand. Pierre hires a consult, Gustav to travel to Paris to find evidence proving Armand’s innocence. On one occasion, Pierre accompanies Penelope to a park reserved for the gentry. A vagabond attacks the guests from outside the entrance. Pierre sweeps Penelope from her feet and rushes her away realizing that the attacker struck her in the arm. He takes her to his parents’ estate to convalesce since her brother’s whereabouts are currently unknown and her parents are still in the South of France. Armand finally arrives, enthusiastically catered to by Pierre’s younger sister, Guinevere. After Penelope’s recovery, Gustav is attacked on his way to meet with Pierre and Penelope to give them a sealed envelope. Count Montegeau is murdered while in the peculiar company of mademoiselle Charlotte whom Armand only met once. Guinevere debuts as a lady in waiting accompanied by Pierre and Penelope as they arrive at the masquerade ball held at the king’s court. Charlotte is jealous of Armand and François’ relationship and confronts François. While outside Château Versailles, Armand is struck in the foot with an arrow from a longbow. The king’s son, Olivier pursues Guinevere through dance and charm. She finds herself locked in closed quarters with Olivier who interrogates her. Pierre arrives in time and rescues his sister who remains unscathed. Olivier wants to prove his worthiness to his father and ventures to the gardens, discovering a gem where the arrow originated from. He solicits the assistance of another maiden to help him match the jewel to one of the attendees. As Olivier prepares to reveal the assailant’s identity to the king and the likely jewel thief, there is an admission. Who was the perpetrator?