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The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro
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Feb 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: susp-thriller-mystery
Read from February 04 to 23, 2012

"The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud" is an enjoyable history-based novel.

Marco Valoni and his team of art crimes investigators are called upon to investigate a fire in the Turin, Italy, cathedral which houses the holy shroud that some believe to have been the death shroud of Jesus. Mr. Valoni knows that there have been quite a few "incidents" surrounding the shroud through the ages and believes that this is no coincidence. As he and his team investigate, the author moves us back and forth through time to give a history that gives the reader clues as to what is going on.

I really enjoyed the book, and I found it difficult to put down. However, I should note that it's not an "edge of your seat" type suspense novel. The action is mostly near the end. Also, I found that I had a good idea of how it would all pan out by the middle of the novel, but it was still interesting enough that I didn't want to put it down. Most of the characters were pretty well developed and interesting to read about. The book does leave a few questions "in the air" so to speak, but it admits to that. As a reader who invested my time, I would have liked to know the answers to those questions, but I understand why the author did not answer them.

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