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Barcelona’s Gothic Cathedral

March 28, 2016

P1030245.JPGThe towers of Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral soar above tourists thronging the steps that provide the stage for the scene of a murder in Jessica Cornwell’s The Serpent Papers.

I chose the book for several reasons but not least because I like to discover new writers and Jessica was chosen as one of the Observer’s debut authors of the year when this book was published by Quercus in 2015.

I found this gothic thriller filed next to Bernard Cornwell on the fantasy fiction shelves of a well known booksellers and particularly enjoyed the scene of the dragon parade for the feast of St. Joan (John) on the 23rd June, the date of the murder.

The heroine Anna Verco is a refreshing take on the male protagonists more often cast in this genre. She is a writer and researcher with syballine skills that are used to help her to solve the mystery of a series of killings spread over a decade.

The myth of the Sibyl and her books of prophecy are woven into the narrative which raises some interesting questions about the oracular abilities of all kinds of writers.



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