Thursday, December 6, 2007

Sonnet of the Sphinx by Diana Killian

Title: Sonnet of the Sphinx
Author: Diana Killian
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 10 0743466802
Genre: Mystery

A book you will want to read more than once. A finely crafted English mystery with a hint of Agatha Christie influence. Instead of just a place you've heard about in relation to the famous poets of the age of Byron and Shelley, talented author Diana Killian brings them to life, peopled with characters who step off the page to take you by the hand and lead you into intrigue and murder.

An American teacher, Grace Hollister, has taken up residence in England, remaining because she needs to define her feelings for Peter Fox, ex-thief, who now owns an antiques shop. It is through his purchase of the contents of a house that Grace becomes involved in murder while hunting for a lost Shelley poem.

The search takes Grace to old manor homes, the local library, and the home of a wealthy Japanese businessman who is also in search of the poem. While the search goes on, a nasty Turkish ex-prison guard turns up in Peter's shop and threatens Peter. Later he is found dead and Grace is accused of murder by the new librarian.

Attempts on Grace's life throw suspicion on Peter and even she has doubts. Could he be responsible? Why? Or could it be related to the lost poem?

Join Grace as she tries to unravel her mixed feelings for Peter and discover the lost poem if it actually exists. A fun read meant for a dark and stormy night and a bright fire with a cozy chair beside it.

Enjoy. I sure did.

Anne K. Edwards

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