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Arc of Aliette

A hero(ine)’s progress

Seven policiers featuring Inspector Aliette Nouvelle of the Police Judiciaire.

[…] a real delight […] We are in Fred Vargas territory here… a smart, sophisticated mystery with lots of Gallic verve.  – Globe and Mail
[…] a fascinating study of detection in which one soon begins to wonder who is tracking whom. – Halifax Daily News
The writing may feel impressionistic but the climax is as threatening as they come. – Hamilton Spectator
[…] a very unusual mystery story that challenges all sorts of conventions. – Art Talks, CBC Radio
[…] we feel as if we are right there in France, in a city on the Rhine. – Geist
[…] a convincing familiarity with forensics, detailed knowledge of the art trade, and an ability to breathe life into his depictions of French culture as the novel develops. – SubTerrain
[…] less about a criminal investigation than about the myths we construct to mask life’s grimmer truths. – Montreal Gazette
[…] far from the North American thriller. Violence is there but does not dominate; the book focuses on the dangers within our minds. – Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan
[…] a great eye for detail and a dab hand with dialogue. – Globe and Mail
[…] a compelling, complex and intelligent character […] Brooke has a good ear for dialogue and is adept at explaining the intricacies of the French legal  and police systems. – Creemore Echo

Link to John Brooke titles at Signature Editions

The Voice of Aliette Nouvelle

A hero and the myth of freedom. A “what if” story inspired by a myth that’s out of step with history.


All Pure Souls

A hero in the realm of the Goddess. Because all heroes require spirituality.


Stifling Folds of Love

Heroes need love too. Things gets deadly as Aliette fights to separate essential love from gaudy romance.


The Unknown Masterpiece

When love turns out wrong, some heroes get a bit crazy. But there is still a murder to be solved.


Walls of a Mind

Our hero moves on to a new life in the south of France. A murder in wine country. A second chance at love for Aliette.


Tropéano’s Gun

A hero in a world of deadly force. The messy conclusion to her first big case brings an order from Division: Chief Inspector Aliette Nouvelle must wear the sidearm she has mostly ignored throughout her career. And be ready to use it.


While the Music Lasts

A hero caught in the space between Eros and Mother-hen. This seventh book was inspired by the plight of musician Bertrand Cantat after his release from prison for the murder of his film star lover.