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Equinox by Michael White
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Equinox (2006)

by Michael White

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Laura Niven, a former New York journalist turned thriller-writer, returns to Oxford University (where she studied twenty years earlier) to help her daughter, Joanna, settle in to life as a first-year student. Laura stays with her former lover and Joanna's father, Philip Bainbridge, who is now a police-scene photographer. But the night before Laura is due to return to New York, Philip is called to a murder scene just outside Oxford. The victim is a young woman. Her throat has been slashed, her heart has been cut out, and in her chest cavity the police find an ancient-looking gold coin. The next day another murder is discovered with an almost identical MO this time, a silver coin has been left in the bowl of the murdered girl's skull. As Laura follows slender leads despite scepticism and resistance from the police, she soon discovers that these horrific murders are not just confined to the here and now. A story gradually emerges that connects the members of the Royal Society in the 1600s, including Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, and Christopher Wren, with alchemy and a modern-day search for the Philosopher's Stone. With this knowledge, Laura becomes the one person who, in a desperate race against time, has any chance of stopping.… (more)

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  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
This is a murder story set in the 17th and 21st centuries. It's quite gripping as it switches between the two threads of the story. The 17th century story uses historical characters and makes it more interesting than just another detective story. At the end the author explains what was fact and what was invention, which is always useful to know. ( )
  paulmorriss | Aug 23, 2010 |
It is 2006 and a young woman has been found brutally murdered in Oxford. Her throat has been cut. But if that is not gruesome enough, in true "Ripper" style, her heart has been cut out of her chest cavity and in the place where it had been lies what appears to be an ancient gold coin. The following day, another woman is found, but this time her brain has been removed and a silver coin lies in the bowl of her skull.

The police force are baffled by the crimes. However, when Philip Bainbridge, a photographer attached to the police, and his one time lover Laura Niven become involved in the crimes they discover that these sadistic murders are not just confined to the present. A mystery begins to unfold which involves Sir Isaac Newton, a powerful man, but a man who lived over 300 years ago, with a deadly conspiracy. A conspiracy that echoes down the centuries and is as lethal today as it was all those years ago . . .

This is a well written book, well researched and executed. There are sufficient conspiracy theories, references to ancient crimes and interesting clues to keep the reader engrossed and turning the pages. ( )
  Jawin | Aug 13, 2010 |
The plot line is really interesting, but the dialogue is often stitled and unrealistc. Despite this, it's still an enjoyable read.
  isabellacreations | Dec 14, 2008 |
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Publisher's Summary = Oxford, 2006: a young woman is found brutally murdered, her throat cut. Her heart has been removed and in its place lies an apparently ancient gold coin. Twenty-four hours later, another woman is found. This time her brain has been removed, and a silver coin lies glittering in her skull. The police are baffled. But when police photographer Philip Bainbridge and his estranged lover Laura Niven become involved, they discover that these horrific, ritualistic murders are not confined to the here and now. And a shocking story begins to emerge which intertwines Sir Isaac Newton, one of 17th-century England's most powerful figures, with a deadly conspiracy which echoes down the years to the present day.
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