Sepulchre by Kate Mosse

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Labyrinth-"a rich brew of supernaturalism and intrigue."(Kirkus Reviews)

In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother arrive at the home of their widowed aunt in Rennes-le-Bains, in southwest France. But nothing is as Léonie had imagined. Their aunt is young, willowy, and beautiful, and the estate is a subject of local superstition. Villagers claim that Léonie's late uncle died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre on its grounds...

More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in Rennes-le- Bains while researching the life of Claude Debussy. Haunted by a Tarot reading she had in Paris-and possessing the mysterious deck of cards-she checks into a grand old hotel built on the site of a famous mountain estate destroyed by fire in 1896. There, the pack of Tarot cards and a piece of 19th-century music known as Sepulchre 1891 hold the key to her fate-just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier.

About Kate Mosse

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Kate Mosse is the co-founder and honorary director of the Orange Prize for Fiction and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Published April 1, 2008 by Berkley. 604 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Before Meredith leaves Paris, she is present - by a series of coincidences - at a tarot reading from a deck of cards with connections to the Rennes-les-Bains area.

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Throughout Sepulchre, a sequence of metaphors underlines the way this kind of writing lowers its expectations of the reader to those of children: a heart beats "like a toy soldier's tin drum", the wind plays "cache-cache" (hide and seek) in the trees, while the book's baddy plays "un, deux, trois...

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Startled by the revelations of the Tarot --- and of Martin’s resemblance to one of the figures in the card deck --- the reader makes a gift of the deck to Martin, even as Martin flees the reading room.

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The Telegraph

The whole story is contained in the eight cards of the so-called "Vernier Tarot", supposedly drawn by Léonie, which appear on the end papers.

Nov 17 2007 | Read Full Review of Sepulchre

Fantasy Literature

Here is the problem: It is full of enormous amounts of tedious descriptions of ancient and current French landmarks, French historical events, French historical figures, and untranslated French dialogue.

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