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In Paris, 1888, the city prepares for the Exposition Universelle and the new Eiffel Tower swiftly rises on the bank of the Seine. One August morning, the sunrise reveals the embellished corpse of a young man suspended between the columns of the PanthEon, resembling a grotesque Icarus and marking the first in a macabre series of murders linked to Paris monuments. In the Lat ...more
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Published August 11th 2016 by Black Rose Writing
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a cover like this, how could you not want to read it?  The gargoyle along would have me ripping the book off the shelves just to see what it was about.

The Eighth Day Brotherhood is a beautifully written, dark tale, rich with atmospheric details of Paris in 1888, a time period I've always enjoyed reading about.  This suspense-filled story may not be for the faint of heart, as the grisly murders are described in vivid detail, befitting for this type of novel.  It's obvious the author did her
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy a bit of historical crime fiction, especially when there is just a hint, the tiniest suggestion, of something supernatural about the proceedings. The Eighth Day Brotherhood promises exactly that. The debut novel from Alice M. Phillips features a series of despicable murders, an enigmatic cult and a frantic race against time. What more could a fan of the spine-tingling ask for?

The vast majority of the novel takes place, over the course of a single bloody week where the Eighth Day Broth
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Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully dark tale by an expert on the historical setting -- in my entirely unbiased opinion as the author's husband. But I honestly found it incredibly gripping. I agree with Alasdair's blurb on the cover: somewhere Poe is nodding approvingly.
Andrew Ferrell
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting historical thriller…

My Gentle Readers, Alice has given us a gripping page turner that I had a lot of trouble putting down to deal with real life.

It's Paris, 1888, and someone is committing heinous murders by turning artist models into sculptures of mythological figures. The police are baffled, but occult bookstore owner Rémy Sauvage thinks he sees a pattern. Driven by revenge for one of the victims, Remy eventually joins forces with Claude Fournel, a second generation artist, and his m
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imagine if Dan Brown had ever actually read a book all the way through, looked at a piece of art that wasn't four panels long and pinned to a cubicle, or experienced a feeling of joy that wasn't related to something from a Sharper Image catalog.
Clabe Polk
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very dark tale of symbolic ritual murder committed by a handful of psychotic painters in Paris in the late 1880s. The story is intense and heart-rending weaving a spiders web of intrigue encompassing a number of romantic artists of the Parisian community of romantic artists and a depraved, but well–known (in the story), psychiatric hospital, l’Hopital Sainte-Genevieve and its infamous director, Dr. Jacque-Andre Veyssiere.

The characters of the Eighth Day Brotherhood are well developed
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you want a novel with the milieu of The Stress of Her Regard but tighter pacing, look no further. Couple this with the sensibility of Fincher’s Se7en and you have a tense and relentless thriller.

I struggled a bit at the beginning to wrap my arms around the cast of characters, but once that clicked into place for me, I was locked in for the ride. Alice’s love for the tenebrous portions of the Decadent period glows through Paris while the Eiffel Tower rises on the bank of the Seine and as the c
Victoria Pinto Rivas
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yep, passing all day and part of the afternoon reading this beauty that reminded me a lot of "The Da Vinci Code" and "Sherlock Holmes" while eating chocolate.

Months ago I've found it in the Reign of Reads bulletin as free book; when I've read the synopsis, it caught me inmediately. Sincerely, I've never expected that this book would keep me caught in my seat, thinking about what the hell would happen next. Even though there were times that its pace was pretty slow, the story was exciting, with w
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sublimely crafted amazing story, well developed characters and great historical setting. Must-read!
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Back in October I attended a reading hosted by Alice M. Phillips at ICON 41. I knew I had to purchase a copy of Alice’s book after the reading was done for two reasons.

It was set in Paris during the construction of the Eiffel Tower.
The book started on my birthday (August 1).
The Eighth Day Brotherhood is a quick, mysterious romp through 1888 Paris. Pulling in religious and mythological iconography, Phillips transports the reader to the streets of Paris filled with starving artists and crazed kill
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Alice M. Phillips is an art historian and curator living in Iowa City. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History, specializing in nineteenth-century Symbolist art. Her museum exhibitions include "Exploring the Demimonde: Sin and Temptation at the fin-de-siècle." Dr. Phillips is also a visual artist, Irish fiddle musician and step-dancer, and facsimile creator of rare historical medical books.

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