Why did a nun in a 17th-century convent flagellate herself until her blood spattered the wall? Why did nuns save a child doomed to death in the Holocaust and who wanted her killed? Who wants a lost head-shaped reliquary that holds something other than a head? And are answers to these questions the key to a terrible modern-day death in a quiet archive?
When American historian Pandora (Dory) Ryan finds a very rare, uncataloged 17th-century nun’s diary inside a record book at the provincial archives in Avignon, she is thrilled. This is historian’s treasure. But she doesn’t know yet that it will send her on a search that brings about changes in how she feels about her profession, the irrational, and love with a sexy Frenchman. And it will take her from the archive on a dangerous adventure into the countryside of Provence, which, beautiful as it is, has a long and bloody history.
The archive’s dramatis personae: the grumpy archivist, with his paper-clip chains; the gofer, who smokes Gauloises and gets away with far too much; a nun with a sense of humor who harangues high school kids about sex; the nun's glamorous sidekick; a famous American historian, whose requests for documents are inexplicably denied; the eminent professor, destined to fall in love; his nervous graduate student. And that sexy Frenchman, who isn’t who he says he is.
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A provencal Mystery
Mystery of a murder of a nun in the long ago past and in the present.Are they related?I enjoyed this book.It took some time to get into,but it was worth it.The narrator,Caroline Miller,seemed halting and uncomfortable with the material to begin with,but she does warm up.The storyline was well thought out and very interesting.
A provencal mystery
The book started to be well put together and thought out, but as it got toward the end the author was in a hurry to finish and didn't take the time to polish the story. I'd have enjoyed it more had the end been as well written at the start.
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