Wednesday 2 January 2008

Historical Fiction with a touch of mystery

Finished December 30
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
Having loved her book Labyrinth, I was eager to read this one. It is quite a long book (547 pages), and I found it slow in spots in the last third. Like her first book, there is a link between a character in the present and characters and events in the past. Here it is through blood ties, through music, and through a special set of Tarot cards. Meredith Martin is a researcher writing a book about Claude Debussy. She is also tracing her family history, having grown up with adoptive parents. She has two clues to her family: one is a piece of music and one is a photo of a World War I soldier. Some other things that happen along the way that help direct her thoughts and inquiries as well. When she gets to the small village in the Pyrenees, she finds a connection with a young man who is also searching for the truth. Together they find more than they expected.

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