The Book of Stolen Tales

The Book of Stolen Tales

eBook - 2013
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In 2011, D.J. McIntosh took the book world by storm with her debut novel,The Witch of Babylon. Praised for its "stellar research" and "superb writing", it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer with a past, who uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside of Baghdad and the truth behind a famous story long believed to by a myth.

In the highly anticipated sequel, New York art dealer John Madison travels to London to purchase at auction a rare seventeenth-century Italian book of fairy tales for an anonymous client. Before he can deliver it to the buyer, he is robbed by a mysterious man claiming to be the book's author. When his client disappears and the book's provenance is questioned, Madison realizes that the only way to find the buyer, recover the lost book, and save his reputation is to immerse himself in the world of European aristocracy and bibliophilic obsession. Along the way, he discovers that a well-loved children's tale contains a necromancer's spell and the truth about an ancient Mesopotamian plague.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9780143189329
0143189328
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Great read. Starts out a bit slow but hang on for the ride. She could have either shortened the denouement ( we needed less detail) or lengthened the book and brought out some interesting tensions as the plot rolled up. So I just had a feeling she was not enjoying writing this book towards the end and she just wanted to get it over with. But overall a good fantasia- mystery in an exotic setting.

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