Oxford, 2006: a young woman is found brutally murdered, her throat cut.
Her heart has been removed and in its place lies an apparently ancient gold coin.
Twenty-four hours later, another woman is found. The MO is identical, except that this time her brain has been removed, and a silver coin lies glittering in the bowl of her skull.
The police are baffled but when police photographer, Philip Bainbridge and his estranged lover, Laura Niven become involved, they discover that these horrific, ritualistic murders are not confined to the here and now. And a shocking story begins to emerge which intertwines Sir Isaac Newton, one of seventeenth-century England's most powerful figures, with a deadly conspiracy which echoes down the years to the present day, as lethal now as it was then.
Before long those closest to Laura are in danger, and she finds herself the one person who can rewrite history; the only person who can stop the killer from striking again...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/08/2006
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099505235
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Review by wyvernfriend
There's a series of murders happening in Oxford and they echo some murders in the time of Newton. There seems to be an alchemical ritual behind this. While the main characters investigate the bodies mount.The story is interlaced with the historical murders and written by someone with a very good knowledge of oxford. It's a fun read but nothing spectacular, would probably be of great interest to people who know the area and the places. Newton comes across badly in this one!
Review by paulmorriss
Indiana Jones meets Inspector Morse. Morse, because it's set in Oxford. Indiana Jones because it involves an old artefact and other such things which I won't mention so as not to spoil the plot. It also has a historical thread as it involves Isaac Newton and some of his activities.Don't let the mention of Indiana Jones put you off, as it isn't as silly as the films. It's also an example of non-detective fiction, as I like to call it. The two main characters are doing their own thing, as well as helping the detectives solve a series of murders. The author has written a number of non-fiction books, and this is his first novel, and very competent it is too. At the end there are a series of notes so you know which historical bits are true and which are made up the for the story.Very enjoyable.