When an antiques dealer turns up murdered in his shop in Maryland, the local police calls in some expert help in the form of Mitzi Fallon, who has just started her new job with the FBI’s Historical, Religious and Unsolved Crimes Unit, based in San Francisco. The antiques dealer had had a valuable Celtic cross stolen from him, and so begins a journey that will take Fallon on a journey that is more dangerous than she could have ever guessed and leading her to a secret she will never believe…
I was unsure of picking up this thriller when I first saw it. I have a keen interest in Arthurian myths and I couldn’t help but wonder if this story would read as silly. However, for the most part, I was wrong. The actual story line was very good and the characters engaging, although, naturally with a story like this you have to suspend disbelief. After all, contemporary thrillers are not fantasy and it is hard to make the fantastical believable in the every day world.
But, that being said, I was very quickly drawn into the story of Mitzi Fallon. She was an interesting if flawed character which made it easy to relate to her and want her to succeed. She was strong, independent, but with a well-defined mothering instinct. Irish was also an interesting character as was Sir Owain Gwyn but there were a handful of minor characters that I found a little annoying.
The story itself is well paced, full of action and suspense, and did a good job of blending the mythical and the modern. The author very cleverly modernised names for the story, which showed you who they were based on without labouring the point, which would have added in too much backstory and slowed the pace. I would certainly read more from this author in the future.
Have you read this book? What did you think to it?