08-01-2007 10:32 AM - last edited on 08-15-2007 09:37 AM by Barbara
The Secret Supper
It's 1497 Italy, and mysterious letters are coming to the Vatican, warning of heretical dangers in Milan. The artist Leonardo Da Vinci is finishing up his great work The Last Supper, and a message has been hidden in the painting, A Dominican Inquisitor is sent to decode the meaning, but as those closest to the painting begin to die mysterious deaths, the friar wonders if he can uncover the secrets of The Last Supper before time runs out. The international bestseller, published in more than 25 countries, became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was published last year in the United States. Now available in paperback, it's quickly become a book group favorite.
Additional Recommended Reading
The Rossetti Letter
Claire Donovan always dreamed of visiting Venice, though not as a chaperone for a surly teenager. But she can't pass up this chance to complete her Ph.D. thesis on Alessandra Rossetti, a mysterious courtesan who wrote a secret letter to the Venetian Council warning of a Spanish plot to overthrow the Venetian Republic in 1618. Claire views Alessandra as a heroine and harbors a secret hope that her findings will elevate Alessandra to a more prominent place in history. But an arrogant Cambridge professor is set to present a paper at a prestigious Venetian university denouncing Alessandra as a co-conspirator -- a move that could destroy Claire's paper and career. As Claire races to locate the documents that will reveal the courtesan's true motives, Alessandra's story comes to life with all the sensuality, political treachery, and violence of seventeenth-century Venice.
London, 1593: It is three weeks before the murder of Christopher Marlowe, playwright and spy in Queen Elizabeth I's secret service -- a crime that remains unsolved to this day. Marlowe is hoping to find his missing muse as he sets off on a new intelligence assignment...and closes in on the secret that will seal his fate. In present day New York City, Renaissance scholar turned private eye Kate Morgan investigates a shocking heist and murder involving a mysterious, antique manuscript recently unearthed in central London. What secret lurks in those yellowed, ciphered pages...and how, centuries later, could it drive someone to kill? Propelling us from the shadows of the sixteenth-century underworld to the chambers of a clandestine U.S. intelligence unit, The Intelligencer's dual narratives twist, turn, and collide as they race toward a stunning finale.
The Expected One
Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, a gospel that contained her own version of the events and characters of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by the one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of l'attendue -- The Expected One. When journalist Maureen Paschal begins research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it. Ultimately she, and the reader, come face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Judas, and Salome in the pages of a deeply moving and powerful new gospel, the life of Jesus as told by Mary Magdalene.
Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud
A fire at the Cathedral of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body attract the attention of art historian, Marco Valoni. For the fire is only the latest in a series of arsons and break-ins at the cathedral, which houses what millions believe to be the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Valoni leads a team of investigators in a race to solve a crime he’s certain is about to shock the world. Someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud, and Valoni’s only suspect, a mystery man who bears the same scars as the corpse, is currently in a Turin prison. Following a trail that stretches from the humble meeting places of the earliest Christian communities to the highest councils of the Vatican and the boardrooms that rule the world, Valoni and his associates will find themselves in the cross fire of an ancient conflict forged by mortal sacrifice, assassination, and secret societies with ties to the Knights Templars.
The Last Cato
A masterful blending of Christian scholarship and pure thrilling adventure, comes a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it from Infidel hands. Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world -- and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop thieves from their incredible goal; to steal what is left of the scattered and miniscule splinters of the True Cross the Catholic Church has in its possession.
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08-07-2007 04:18 PM
A thread of interest concerning The Blue Nun
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08-07-2007 10:27 PM
A thread of interest concerning The Blue Nun
Hi Kathy----Thank you for the great informational links about Sister Maria and about Stendhal syndrome.
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08-11-2007 02:48 PM
I would love to add one more to yoir list; an "old" bestseller that was of great influence to me while writing The Lady in Blue: it is The Eight, by Katherine Neville. An exciting reading!
Learn more about The Lady in Blue.