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The Stolen Chalice: A Novel (John Sinclair Mystery #2)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  36 reviews
CNN veteran Kitty Pilgrim returns with her second novel featuring the beautiful young oceanographer Cordelia Stapleton and the dashing, urbane archaeologist John Sinclair. Set in the international art world, The Stolen Chalice takes readers across the globe. Bombings, kidnappings, and Sinclair’s old love conspire against the couple as they search for valuable Egyptian art. ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2012)
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John DeDakis
Kitty Pilgrim knows what she's doing as a writer. I'm not an "art" person, but Kitty made me appreciate and understand the world of fine art in her latest novel, The Stolen Chalice. I'm not into lifestyles of the super wealthy, but Kitty helped me see -- vividly -- into a strata of society that 99% of us only know through distorted caricature and political polarization. The plot of Stolen Chalice involves stolen art and an international terrorism conspiracy, but those things are almost incidenta ...more
Patrice Hoffman
*Won an advanced uncorrected proof through a Goodreads giveaway*

This is the first novel I have read by this author and it appears to be Kitty Pilgrim's second novel. There are characters from her first novel, The Explorer's Code, that appear in this book as well. There are a series of thefts in New York of Egyptian art. These art pieces are stolen from public and private institutions. The novel has a few characters but the main ones are John Sinclair, his girlfriend Cordelia Stapleton, and his e
Rick F.
"CNN veteran Kitty Pilgrim returns with her second novel featuring the beautiful young oceanographer Cordelia Stapleton and the dashing, urbane archaeologist John Sinclair. Set in the international art world, The Stolen Chalice takes readers across the globe. Bombings, kidnappings, and Sinclair’s old love conspire against the couple as they search for valuable Egyptian art."

WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Kitty Pilgrim has released her second novel- and it is as thrilling and absorbing as her debut book! The
Sep 08, 2012 Elaine rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This book was very interesting. It held a lot of background information that would have taken years to gather. I enjoyed how all the players tied together in the story. Very fast pace. Definate page turner. I will have to add Kitty Pilgrim to my list of authors to watch for. I really enjoyed the book.
So far I am liking this book thinking it should be a movie! Just finished it this morning. Surprise ending! Loved it!!! Hope they make a movie.
i love this book it is wonderful
Paul Pessolano
“The Stolen Chalice” by Kitty Pilgrim, published by Scribner.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is holding a gala affair. Radicals have targeted the affair to wreak havoc on the guests. This is a splinter group of a much more devious organization with an agenda targeting the Chiefs of State of the major countries.

While this is going on the museum is being robbed of some valuable items, including the mummy, Artemidorus. At the same time, another valuable piece is being stol
THE STOLEN CHALICE (John Sinclair Mystery 2) by Kitty Pilgrim

THE STOLEN CHALICE by Kitty Pilgrim is the second storyline in author Kitty Pilgrim’s John Sinclair Mystery series. Kitty Pilgrim worked as a CNN correspondent and news anchor for over 24 years and applies her vast knowledge from around the globe to ensure her storylines are tantalizing and rich in description narration. A fictional series brought to life using political intrigue, espionage, terrorism, mystery, bio-warfare and a little
Red Ferry
I'm usually wary of novels with many exclamation marks and rightly so : "They were in terrible danger! " as an example! But despite their regrettable inclusion in this thriller I enjoyed reading it. Biowarfare, international locales, Archaeology. It was an enjoyable escape. Big mistake on the publisher's part to issue this and other books like it that readers will not lovingly keep on their library shelves to issue in hardback, it (and many many others) should be published only in paperback!!! W ...more
I dithered between 3 and 4 stars for this. The writing was perhaps not quite up to 4, but this is only Ms. Pilgrim's second book, so she got the extra star for an enjoyable read. The writing is a little choppy or cumbersome at times, but I think the more she writes the better it will be. She also gets points for little plot twists which most authors probably would not have included. No hesitation to taking out secondary characters in an effor to add realism to the story.
A wonderful thriller. Priceless art is being stolen. Looks like an inside job, but who? The wife who wants a divorce? The dealer who wants what he can't afford? The curator in ancient artifacts? Two unlikely men are thrown together to hunt down the criminals, and soon find that there's much more here than simple art theft. An enjoyable, easy read.
Darlene Murphy
A fast paced book that takes you into the art world and terrorists plots. The title drew me in and the fast pace kept me reading. This former CNN journalist gives an interesting slant on the international scene.
Stephanie Wolf
In the world of art and artifacts, everyone knows how priceless theses items can be. What kind of a person would want to steal not just one item, but numerous items, located in numerous place, at the same time! A mastermind? A criminal, obviously, but what would you do with them since you cannot resell them?

The Stolen Chalice takes you into the world of the rich, the middle class doing their jobs, and the hard working lower class. But who is in on the theft? This type of heist needs so many invo
This runs an almost Holy Grail style adventure. It deals with the hunt for a cup that might have magical healing properties. I'm not going to say much about the book other than I've enjoyed every minute reading it. Kitty Pilgrim is a good author who I enjoy greatly and am looking forward to more from her.
Terri Lyons
I think that she should go back to CNN, frankly. While the background knowledge on archealogy and ancient Egypt was good - not great - you could drive a Mac truck through the plot holes! The two main characters were attractive but did not interact much in the story due to a kidnapping. I found the characters weak, not much development in their personalities. The whole subplot between Holly and Carter was ridiculous. His unrequited love just fizzled in the end. The jacket blurb speaks of a love t ...more
I loved how.....old fashioned this series is. It's infused with elegance, class. A far cry from dry humping billionaires. Not that there is anything wrong with that, not by a long shot in fact. But it's so refreshing to read. I loved this book. I can't wait for another.
What to say? I like Sinclair and Stapleton as main characters. They work well together and the budding relationship is not overdone. They have the ups and downs of normal couples. The book is well written. I did feel that Carter seemed to get the shaft at the end, but maybe he'll play a big part in another book.

Spoiler Alert!

What I had some degree of difficulty with was the idea that the Sardonyx Cup had some form of magical properties. Don't get me wrong, I love books about the Ark of the Cove
Kitty Pilgrim provides plenty of twists and turns in this Indiana Jones style mystery. Her hero is an archaeologist named John Sinclair, who is recruited to help recover stolen ancient art and finds a much larger conspiracy. Unfortunately, I felt the author provided no real surprises, like driving down a highway knowing there was a sharp turn coming because the road sign said it was just ahead. The historical and archaeological aspects of the book were well done. The books’ title refers to a rea ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Pilgrim's first Sinclair novel and was excited to see the news of a second. The timing was perfect in that I needed a quick easy read while I helped pack two sons of for their third and first year of college. The Stolen Chalice was what I was looking for - a fast, easy whodunit. Pilgrim seems to enjoy a choppy style of writing. I was made a bit anxious by the 5 paragraph scenes and the too quick transitions from character(s), place and subplot. However, the short, short "cha ...more
Cordelia Stapleton and John Sinclair are now in an intimate relationship as well as fellow explorers. While attending an event at the Museum, they find a series of robberies have taken place all which eventually involve them. A mummy one of the archivists is working on for the British Museum is stolen and the thief kidnaps Cordelia thinking she is the doctor who can help save the mummy on its travels to Egypt. John gets involved in running down the thief who stole a chalice that is said to have ...more
Caroline Venable
Good read

I am adding Kitty Pilgrim to my favorite authors list. I am already addicted to Clive Cussler, James Patterson, Lee Child and Preston and Child.....
Not having read this author's first book, I wasn't sure what to expect. The best I can say is that this one is not only not a thriller but I would even go so far as to call it "slight". Totally lightweight. The writing isn't awful but it seems to me to be lacking in maturity. And while I'll say again that the writing isn't awful, I wouldn't call it great either. I really am surprised this was published as a hardback.

Not sure I'll look for anything by this author again. I struggled to complete th
The book had a good story line but there were too many characters and it jumped around a lot. I thought after the first few chapters it would get better, but I honestly could not finish reading it. I enjoy a good mystery and adventure but this one was hard to follow along. I do believe it would make a good movie though. Thank you goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read and review this novel.
A mix of the art world, archeology, and thriller, this book pretty much has it all. I deducted one point for the overuse of italics. I don't need help knowing when a what a character says should be emphasized. Occasional use is fine, but several times on a page just irritates me and breaks the flow of the story. Other than that nitpick it was a very good book.
Tiffany Keller
Not great writing and poor character development.; but enjoyable. When we discussed it at book club we played a game linking characters. I had forgotten who half the characters were! I do love Egyptian art and history so it made it a personally fun read for me. Some of the gals compared the writing to Dan Brown; quick short chapters.
Tammy Brown
actually was a very good book.
Heather Calnin
While this book was enjoyable, I found the first book in the series to be much more fast paced and riveting than this one. It seems like it takes awhile to get to the plot, and then drags on with much less suspense and twists.
Jill Laker
The cadance of this book was just like the boxcar children with name dropping bling. I swear at anytime I thought Benny was going to ask if Watch could have some champange too!
Kitty Pilgrim’s new book is a great summer read. Get the review in RELAXED FIT E-ZINE
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