Today I added a new category for Book Reviews. I am an avid reader, and devour books of all sorts on a regular basis – if I’m not knitting, I’m reading (and vice versa). Sometimes the bus is just too bouncy, crowded, or hot for knitting; and sometimes I just don’t feel like knitting (GASP!) — so I always have a book in my tote bag. And seeing as how my shawls have been relegated to at-home projects, I’ve been reading on the bus more than is usual.
I’m a big fan of public libraries and have cards to both King County and Seattle library systems so that I need never fear being denied the opportunity to check out a book, whether I’m near home or work. I am about a third of the way through a book called Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse.
A sepulchre, as I’m sure you know, is a tomb – and as I’m often drawn to the macabre this book practically jumped off the shelf and into my bag. I’ve not read Kate Mosse before and I’m thoroughly enjoying this novel. It’s chock-full of intrigue, suspense, murder, and good old fashioned mystery in an historical setting with plenty of cliches (bad guys in black, stormy nights, mysterious characters, angry mobs). The main characters are female and there are two story lines running throughout, which are intertwined (of course). The setting is France (my fave) and has enough historical tidbits to keep it real while weaving a beautiful picture of Victorian Paris and French countryside, and then thrusting you into the modern-day cacophony of tourists, travel, and technology.
It’s highly detailed and moves along as a leisurely pace, allowing you to visualize and imagine. It’s a good lazy-day type of story, with lots of depth and imagery – and it’s spooky to boot.