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The Magdalene Reliquary

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A curious priest uncovers a mystifying secret...

One that leads to a long-buried relic some will do anything to possess.

Can he outwit adversaries who will stop at nothing to keep him from revealing an object that challenges history as we know it?

Father Michael Dominic discovers a strangely constructed 13th-century puzzle hidden deep within the Vatican Secret Archives. Wi
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Published December 1st 2020 by Literati Editions
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Carolyn Walsh
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of this book from the author, Gary McAvoy. Having read and enjoyed the first one in the series, 'The Magdalene Deception', I was enthusiastic to read the further adventures of Father Michael Dominic, his colleague Hana Sinclair an investigative journalist, and his friends in the Swiss Guards. I have learned that the colourful Swiss Guards are well trained in all aspects of warfare, and not merely a tourist attraction in their dazzling uniforms.

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Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, a large thank you to Gary McAvoy for providing me with a copy of this novel, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Having long been a fan of novels with Catholic and/or historical twists, I thoroughly enjoyed Gary McAvoy’s debut book in this series when I read it a few months ago. Now, with the sequel ready for publication, I eagerly accepted a copy to see how the adventure would continue. A new relic is hidden, news of scandalous proportions awaits, and a ma
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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In the last month, I have read two books by rising star author GARY McAVOY. They are part of a new series called The Magdalen Chronicles. The first was THE MAGDALEN DECEPTION that I previously reviewed. The latest addition to the series is THE MAGDALEN RELIQUARY. Both feature a New York City priest assigned to the Secret Vatican Archives in Vatican City, an independent enclave located in Rome, Italy.

The priest is Father Michael Dominic who specializes in history, computer sciences and mysterious
Phil Shallat
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gary McAvoy gives the plates he set in motion in his debut novel, “The Magdalene Deception”, another spin and the result is “The Magdalene Reliquary”, a highly satisfying sequel. Once again, the reader is treated to intrigue with high ecclesiastical and political stakes as McAvoy trundles his cast of characters through the nooks and crannies of the Vatican archives and the reader through the labyrinth of past European religious conflict and post WWII political skullduggery. Since significant act ...more
Daniel Shindler
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the second book of The Magdalene Chronicles,Father Michael Dominic finds a heretofore undiscovered puzzle map from the thirteenth century. He enlists his friend Hana Sinclair to help him decipher the meaning of the puzzle. This effort sets off a fast paced adventure taking them to caves in France in pursuit of an artifact that could change the way the Church’s theodicy is viewed. They enlist a supporting cast of their friends in the Swiss Guards and a renowned scholar to support their quest. ...more
Matt McAvoy
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A direct sequel to The Magdalene Deception, and it’s a good one, from my namesake (no relation, I promise). One thing I will say from the off is that before you read …Reliquary it would definitely help to have read its predecessor first, because there is great backstory for most of the endearing cast of characters in this book, and there are multiple strands of narrative which stem from the first. While the quest of this book is a new one (these books tend to revolve around archaeological missio ...more
Doug Thompson
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gary McAvoy has crafted an intriguing second book in his Magdalene Chronicles series. The Magdalene Reliquary
is a great read, I didn’t want to put it down. I don’t want to reveal too much about the storyline and plot, as part of the immense pleasure of this book is how McAvoy unveils and divulges this absorbing story with the clues and situations he creates to keep you reading on. As we learned in his first book of the series, The Magdalene Deception, Father Michael Dominic, investigative journa
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing so satisfying as stumbling on a book that engages, entertains and educates through accessible characters, compelling plot, and interesting settings. McAvoy's "The Magdalene Deception" hits all of these criteria in a great thriller. Even better, he has given us a second helping to keep our appetite for the characters, plot and settings stimulated. "The Magdalene Reliquary" is a worthy and equally satisfying sequel to this story of intrigue and mystery. Now that these characters have becom ...more
Gregory R.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The ingredients for a satisfying thriller? Combine the young Vatican Archivist Father Michael Dominic, investigative journalist Hana Sinclair and three Vatican Swiss Guards working to protect an ancient religious object, add a ruthless Russian oligarch, an evil Croatian Ustasha agent bent on revenge, and a pinch of gypsy help then stir in some Vatican palace intrigue.

Author Gary McAvoy has baked up a gripping sequel to his debut novel, The Magdalene Deception, in this fast-paced roller coaster y
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Gary McAvoy and his writing when I received an ARC of the first book in this series The Magdalene Deception. It was a thrilling, well thought out, well researched story that captured me from beginning to end, so when I heard there would be a second I waited patiently for it's release. Mr. McAvoy was kind enough to send me an ARC of this book The Magdalene Reliquary the sequel to the first book, thus satisfying my impatience for some great Vatican drama and intrigue.

Father Mi
Jeanne Jabour
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When a writer comes along with the ability to capture the attention of his audience in the first few sentences of a story that begins after Pope Innocent III’s massacre of thousands of Cathari men, women, and children at Béziers, in the first major battle of the Albigensian Crusade, readers need to stand up and take hold of his novels with both hands! I wish Gary McAvoy had penned the Magdalene Trilogy years ago when I was still in school learning the history of Pope Innoc
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a habit (quite inadvertent) of reading a new author’s book and then finding he is new to me but not a NEW Author. I have done so once again. The good thing in this case is that I can unequivocally state, “This is a stand-alone book even though it is part of a series.”

The story has a prologue which I love since it gives you a little of the history with reduced wordiness. We then catch up with Fr Michael Dominic and his cohorts and the story picks up speed.

There are quite a few characters
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A worthy follow-up to the Magdalen Deception, this book is full of action and intrigue that kept me page-turning into the early hours. A fascinating religious artefact is at the centre of the action and we follow Father Dominic and his now familiar colleagues as they track it down. Interesting to read about the Vatican and it’s archives - and to know that the famous Swiss Guard are very well trained and not just for show! Many thanks to the author and Book Sirens for giving me a copy of the book ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My first read by this author. A fast read because I could not put the book down. The reader is pulled into the mystery within the first few pages. I fell in love with Father Michael Dominic and Hana Sinclair, an investigative journalist. Father Dominic stubbles upon a centuries old puzzle that will turn the entire religious community on it’s ear if revealed. Many twists and turns throughout, and a surprising ending. I am currently reading the first book, The Magdalene Deception, while waiting fo ...more
Gary Clark
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another Father Dominic Thriller

This book is the second in this series and just like the first one has much action and some new characters.

This book also has some twists to it that you may or may not see coming. It can be read alone but will be much more understood and enjoyable if you read The Magdalene Deception. This book also gives a little history of the Cathars and what they were charged with.

Father Dominic, Hanna, and a couple others find another relic that must be safe guarded back to the
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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What a Great Read!! Exciting, Fascinating well researched subject. I loved the characters! And the concept. The book moved quickly, it never bogged you done in overdone extraneous explanations of off subject items, it was descriptive - just enough. A cool lesson in the history of the Church, the life of Christ, it opens possibilites to ponder that are not at all far from possible. Its a great introduction to the Cathars! I really enjoyed it. Can be read as a stand alone - but I'm glad I read the ...more
Rock Duffy
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Winner

Book number two of The Magdalene Chronicles delivers in spades. The cast of characters is further developed, and the adventures are believable. For my taste, the primary character could be a bit more ‘physically competent’ but that’s just me.
A fine story, I look forward to more!
Claudete Takahashi
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Besides the mystery, crime, mischief, deceit this story also contains a history lesson about the Roman and French cultures as well as a much-discussed history of Catholicism. Everything together makes an interesting book that kept me hooked from the beginning. Easy to read, and I´m looking forward to the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cenobia  Mari
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ELusive Treasure

If Europe, in particular Italy excites you, then this is your read. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to reading a third novel by this extremely, talented author.
Judy Sescil
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love the continuing story of Father Dominic and Hanna along with the their friends who are guards at the Vatican. It is a fast moving story with references to the first book in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to the next one.
Christopher Morin, MD
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Religious mystery mixed with action and history

Imaginative Historical and exciting all at the same time I cannot wait for the third book in the series the first in the series equally great.

Angela Waterman
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great read

Gary McAvoy gives us another fast paced novel full of intrigue. Hope there is a book 3 of the series following soon.
Peggy Rapa
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A good read

An interesting twist on the Magdalene legend. As an academic, I enjoyed the research as well as the sense of history being portrayed.
Donna Kociban
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible book. It kept me on the edge of my seat!!!!!! I finished this book in one day. It really makes you wonder

if the story is true no matter what your religious beliefs are. I hope there's more adventures to come. Kudos to gary mcavoy
Penny Cipolone
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Better than the first one. A fast read suitable for the beach or the airport. Writing style has still not improved - dialogue needs help.
Rosario Barrera
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was the best thriller ever! I love archeology, and religious history as well, and then there’s the thing that I am named for Mary Magdalene, so I love anything connected to her! An outstanding book. I sure hope there’s a third one!
Karen Veltman
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed me again!

Again, Mr. flavour has written an amazing book! I was sucked into the story within the first few pages, so much so, I read it in 3days. I'm so caught up in his stories, I must now look for a new story by this awesome writer!
pamela boseman
Magdalene Reliquary

Totally enjoyed this book, the plot was full of adventure, the characters were entertaining. This book kept me reading to the end.
Wilma Chustz
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and delightful

Interesting and delightful. Great character development and place descriptions. I feel like I've been to the vatican and the south of France.
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Gary McAvoy is a veteran technology executive, entrepreneur, and author of several books including his bestselling thriller series The Magdalene Chronicles, comprising "The Magdalene Deception," “The Magdalene Reliquary,” and “The Magdalene Veil.” His nonfiction work “And Every Word Is True,” has been praised as a sequel to Truman Capote's landmark nonfiction novel "In Cold Blood." Gary is also a ...more

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