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Margalit Fox (margalitfox) Dear Friends:

I'm taking the liberty of writing to let people know about my forthcoming book, "The Riddle of the Labyrinth," to be published on May 14 by Ecco Press/HarperCollins.

A work narrative nonfiction, the book will be of special interest to this group in that it is the true a story of a mystery from the ancient past: the quest to decipher a curious script from the Bronze Age known as Linear B.

Inscribed on clay tablets in about 1450 B.C., Linear B was unearthed on Crete in 1900 and, despite the best efforts of investigators from around the world, remained undeciphered for more than half a century. Not only did no one know what the mysterious tablets said, no one even knew what language they were written in.

As a result, Linear B was considered one of the most intractable puzzles in history, and the book documents the lives -- obsessed, brilliant, triumphant and ultimately deeply tragic -- of the real-life detectives who worked to unravel its secrets. It is also a paleographic procedural, taking readers step by step through the forensic process involved in unraveling a secret code from the past.

I hope you will enjoy "The Riddle of the Labryinth" as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.

More information about the book can be found here:

I will be delighted to answer any questions about the book that anyone has; people are welcome to contact me directly at

With all my best wishes from New York,

Margalit Fox (New York Times journalist trained as a linguist)

message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1 comments I will be checking your book out ASAP. I will post questions as I come upon them. This is right up my alley!

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