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The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell
  

The Serpent Papers

Part of the The Serpent Papers Trilogy Series
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September 2015 Debut of the Month.

Talent runs in the blood as the granddaughter of John Le Carre makes her debut with this sprawling and fascinating historical thriller, the first in a planned trilogy. Her uncle is of course Nick Harkaway and she displays the same sense of wide screen baroque and wild imagination in a winding tale that unfolds over two separate periods in Barcelona. With echoes of both Dan Brown and Carlos Ruiz Zafon, we find gory murders, mysteries galore, conspiracies, cryptic alphabets and volumes, and bibliomania crowding the pages as book hunter extraordinaire Anna Verco chases down a famous unsolved murder in parallel with the enquiries of Inspector Fabregat, eleven years earlier. Complex, assured, this is a masterful page-turner and a great read. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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An ancient manuscript, an unsolved murder, a burnt chapel and, caught in the middle, a clever young woman unready for the mysteries that await her are all the hallmarks of a great conspiracy thriller but this is no easy-read Dan Brown. Complex and intriguing, the story travels to different times and places weaving a dense web of mystery. It is the first in a trilogy so we can expect more complicated and exciting situations to come. Not for the faint-hearted or those seeking a quick thrill, this is properly a grown-up literary mystery and nicely enthralling to boot. Good stuff.

If you like Jessica Cornwell you might also like to read books by Kathleen McGowan, Kate Mosse and Michelle Lovric.

Synopsis

The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell

I am Anna Verco. I am no ordinary researcher. My task is to hunt a medieval manuscript, a book of alchemy and witchcraft. It was lost for centuries, hidden - or stolen. But I have found a clue. In Barcelona, just ten years ago, a trail of women were muted and mutilated to keep it secret. They have been silenced. But in a way, I hear them. Their message is meant for me.

Reviews

'The kind of rich, multi-layered story that demands and rewards commitment ... A triumphant debut, by a young writer with an incredible imagination'
The Times

'Erudite alchemical thriller ... Here we have an enigmatic heroine, a wonderful European city, plenty of cultural detail, a string of gruesome murders and a conspiracy that spans centuries ... everything is relevant - so pay attention - and everything is enticing, for readers who enjoy this sort of game ... she's an original, entertaining writer. I finished this episode wanting more
Guardian

'Combines the intrigue of The Da Vinci Code with the mysticism of a Carlos Ruiz Zafon novel ... This is a gripping tale in which every detail counts
Financial Times

'Intelligent and richly realised
Oxford Times

'A complex and ambitious literary thriller
Observer

'If you're in search of a thriller, look no further than this novel by London-based Californian Jessica Cornwell. Anna Verco, the heroine, has drawn comparisons to Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander, and the book is a new take on Dan Brown's turf
Grazia

'The slow circling towards the killer is thrilling, but Cornwell's real skill is in her piling up of legend and history to bring the quest for the manuscript alive. This is much more complex - and significantly more worth your time - than just another Da Vinci Code spin-off
Sunday Times

About the Author

Jessica Cornwell

Jessica Cornwell was raised in Southern California as the eldest of eight children. Graduating in English from Stanford with Distinction and Honors in the Major, she completed her Masters in Directing and Dramaturgy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, participated in research and grant projects in Oxford, India and Spain, and trained in Barcelona with Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus. In 2010 she moved to London to work in film, where she is now living and writing. The Serpent Papers is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th September 2015

Author

Jessica Cornwell

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
Debuts of the Month
Literary Fiction
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781848666757

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