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The City of Lost Secrets (A Mara Beltane Mystery #1)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Scholars have written off the Talpiot tomb as an ancient Jewish burial cave, not the rumored lost tomb of Jesus. But even today, thirty years after its discovery in Jerusalem, the mystery remains unsolved. Now novelist Mara Beltane, desperate to reinvent her career and escape memories of a failed marriage, hopes to prove the rumor is true and turn it into a best-selling th...more
Published August 30th 2011 by Katie McVay (first published July 26th 2011)
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I think comparing this to "The DaVinci Code" is a huge stretch! It was a very light read with no real depth to the story and, well, intrigue was attempted but fell short. It's a great beach book where you don't need to think too hard.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my review. "Some stories aren't meant to be told, some secrets aren't meant to be revealed, and life, much like a sad, tragic story, doesn't always have a happy ending." That about sums it up! Loved this book! The characters were well developed and the story line believable. In the book, Mara is a novelist who is recently divorced and trying to write a best seller. Instead of the "chick-lit" books she usually writes, she's trying to wri...more
Great read! I usually describe "easy reads" as chick-lit, beach-like reading material. While this was an easy read, it was because it was such an interesting topic. The characters were well developed, McVay even portrayed the ex-husband in a good light! She depicted the locations and scenery as if you were right there with Mara. Most importantly, I was very satisfied with the ending. It wasn't at all what I thought it would be, which was a good thing. I'd definitely recommend spending the $ on t...more
Not my usual genre, but I'm really glad that I took the suggestion to read this novel. I recommend this book for anyone interested in a cozy mystery heavy on Biblical history and theory . The mystery is very light. The suspense is very light. This read is fast paced with beautifully written descriptions of the Holy Land, though sometimes the descriptions get a little heavy. I thought the author could be writing for Fromer's. This (in my opinion) is as much a Christian read as "Indiana Jones and...more
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Lizzy Lessard
I can’t expressed how pysched I was to receive this Goodreads giveaway in the mail. The author was kind enough to include a handwritten note asking for a review about her debut book. Just for that, I put aside all other books to devour this thriller. I wish I could say that I loved this book. I tried to. It’s not remotely as mysterious or thrilling as Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. The author did herself a disfavor by comparing to it in the Amazon blurb. If you are looking for a female version of D...more
Mara is a chick-lit author and is searching for something with a bit more meaning. After seeing a documentary on a grave site she heads to Jerusalem to see if this burial site actually contained the body of Jesus and his family.

This is the author’s first book and I think she did well. It was a fun, fast read. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The characters were well written and relatable. The author didn’t tie everything up with a neat little bow at the end. She left some questions and an...more
Lisa A.
As my choice of two stars out of five indicted it was an okay book not great by any means. The idea and characters were good but nothing really happened in it. I kept reading waiting for the action but in no time I was finished and left wanting. It was not a mystery so much as a travel essay of a young woman's trip to Jerusalem.
I was so excited when I won this book in the give away I loved the book it was a very fast read for me. When I was done I loaned my book to my friend to read. Can't wait to read another book by this author.
Mandy March
Loved this, and can't wait for the next one! Anyone who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code will enjoy this, but it has a strong-female lead character too!
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Katie McVay is an art fiend, history buff and travel fanatic. She works in marketing and corporate communications and lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband.
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