The Italian Secretary

by Caleb Carr | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780312939137 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CheriePie of Campbell, California USA on 4/12/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Thursday, April 12, 2007
Received this one in a box of books from Dad, and though I'd love to find time to read it myself, it looks like it'll be a great candidate for one of the swaps at the BC 2007 Convention. :)

Book Description
Caleb Carr's novel, The Alienist, was a blockbuster international bestseller and positioned its author as a modern master of the historical thriller. Now, Carr reaches back further, to the age of opium dens and Jack the Ripper, when fictional detective Sherlock Holmes made the science of murder as real as the gore on a killer's hands...

Mycroft Holmes's encoded message to his brother, Sherlock, is unsubtle enough even for Dr. Watson to decipher: a matter concerning the safety of Queen Victoria herself calls them to Edinburgh's Holyrood House to investigate the confounding and gruesome deaths of two young men—horrific incidents that took place with her highness in residence. The victims were crushed in a manner surpassing human power. And while recent attempts on her majesty's life raise a number of possibilities, these intrigues also seem strangely connected to an act of evil that took place centuries earlier…

For indeed, the slaying of David Rizzio, music master and friend to Mary Queen of Scots, was an extraordinarily brutal and treacherous act—even for a time when brutality and treachery were the order of the day. Now, the ghosts of Holyrood House are being reawakened by someone with a diabolical agenda of greed, madness, and terror as Holmes and Watson set out to trap a killer who is eager to rewrite history in blood...

Journal Entry 2 by TITurtle1 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, April 23, 2007
Whooo! Won this at a swap in Charleston... Sticky Fingers!

Will be reading... :-)

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