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Sonnet of the Sphinx

by Diana Killian

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This book was an absolutely delightful light read.

When I read Congo by Michael Crichton (nothing like this book at all) I imagined Crichton made some sort of a bet with someone about how many action stereotypes he could put in one novel. Giant killer gorillas, a lost city, exploding volcanoes, long hidden treasure- all in one book.

Sonnet of the Sphinx was similar in this respect- it has all the stereotyped characters you might find in a cheesy mystery series, but Diane's tongue-in-cheek wit makes them absolutely delightful.

She uses the strangest but funniest descriptive metaphors I have ever read:

"She hated lying. Her skin felt flushed and prickly, as though she'd overdosed on niacin."
"You understand so much, my deah," she said. Hissed, really. Sort of like Kaa the snake in Jungle Book.
"Miss Verity Webb appeared to be descended from the long line of traditional English spinsters that populated British crime fiction."
"She was eating her salad with her fingers. But then, she had probably been raised by wolves. Well-read wolves, naturally."

This book would have been a joy to read even if it had no plot! ...Which brings me to the summary:

Grace Hollister, teacher of Romantic Literature at St. Anne's Academy for Girls finds clues that lead her to believe a lost Shelley sonnet might be found in the Lake District of England, where she is staying. Her good friend Peter, an ex-Jewel thief who did hard time in a Turkish prison might help her with this, until the bodies start mounting up. Someone is looking for a still missing Turkish treasure from one of Peter's heists that was never recovered, and someone is trying to kill Grace. What happens next is anyone’s guess!

The author has a website here: www.girl-detective.net. ( )
  petersfamily | Mar 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743466802, Mass Market Paperback)

For one of Innisdale's residents, a priceless sonnet means poetic license to kill. . . .

Grace Hollister's stay in England's picturesque Lake District has proven doubly fruitful -- the American literary scholar just sold her first book, and her romance with charming antiques dealer and ex-jewel thief Peter Fox has begun a new chapter. Sorting through a hoard of papers found in an old farmhouse, Grace and Peter discover an old letter that refers to a lost Shelley sonnet, "Sate the Sphinx." Before Grace can start tracking down this poetic treasure, though, Peter's shady past rears its head -- a particularly ugly head, belonging to a menacing Turk who's eager to see Peter dead.

But there's plenty more trouble in store. Suddenly Grace and Peter are suspects in a murder investigation, and someone has tried his level best to kill her -- not once, but twice. The hieroglyphics are on the wall: unless Grace can unravel an inscrutable riddle and unearth the villain amid a cache of likely suspects, her story might be at an end. . . .

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