By (author) Kate Mosse


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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 572 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 221mm x 38mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0425225844
  • ISBN 13: 9780425225844
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, printed music items
  • Sales rank: 385,606

Product description

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Labyrinth"-"a rich brew of supernaturalism and intrigue."("Kirkus Reviews") 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."

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Author information

Kate Mosse is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Labyrinth" and "Sepulchre" and the Co-founder and Honorary Director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in England and France.

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"Undeniably gripping." -"The London Paper" "History and mystery are engagingly blended." -"Kirkus Reviews" "Ghosts, duels, murders, ill-fated love and conspiracy...addictively readable." -"Daily Mail" "This adventure will keep you engrossed." -"Eve Magazine" (Britain) "A sure, deft momentum...the secrets begin to slip out thick and fast." -"Daily Express" "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." -"The Independent"