By Kate Mosse
Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425225844, 572pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
In 1891, young Leonie Vernier and her brother arrive at the home of their widowed aunt in Rennes-le-Bains, in southwest France. But nothing is as Leonie had imagined. Their aunt is young, willowy, and beautiful, and the estate is a subject of local superstition. Villagers claim that Leonie's late uncle died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre on its grounds...
More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in Rennes-le- Bains while researching the life of Claude Debussy. Haunted by a Tarot reading she had in Paris-and possessing the mysterious deck of cards-she checks into a grand old hotel built on the site of a famous mountain estate destroyed by fire in 1896. There, the pack of Tarot cards and a piece of 19th-century music known as Sepulchre 1891 hold the key to her fate-just as they did to the fate of Leonie Vernier.
-The London Paper
"History and mystery are engagingly blended."
"Ghosts, duels, murders, ill-fated love and conspiracy...addictively readable."
"This adventure will keep you engrossed."
-Eve Magazine (Britain)
"A sure, deft momentum...the secrets begin to slip out thick and fast."
"Try this if you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but fancy something a bit more meaty."
-News of the World
"A page-turning saga of fin-de-siFcle spiritualism and Visigothic treasure."
-Art & Book Review
"Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best-make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own."