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Sepulchre [Hardcover]

Kate Mosse
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 2008

An elderly priest brutally murdered. The body of a young man floating in the River Aude. A nervous woman sitting in a damask-draped room. A smiling man in the shadows. Four different people, scattered across France, scattered across the ages. The only link, the painted tarot cards they hold¿

SEPULCHRE is a spellbinding adventure that carries us back from the present day in the French spa-town of Rennes-les-Bains, first to the 19th century, and then further back into the stories of the ancient kings buried there with their treasure.

For those who stumble upon the cards, unravelling the mystery of the painted deck will take them on a treacherous journey of forbidden knowledge, the power of the church and the pull of the occult. A tale of strange music, personal ruin, murderous greed and age-old secrets - prepare yourself to turn over the cards¿


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  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154676
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories,The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate's new novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter, will be published in autumn 2014.

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.

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The Labyrinth author is back with another brilliantly absorbing story ... Richly evocative and full of compelling twists and turns. (RED)

The latest from the the author of best-selling Labyrinth, this adventure will keep you engrossed. (EVE)

Mosse's gifts for historical fiction are considerable ... Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best - make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own. (Emma Hagestadt INDEPENDENT)

Gripping (HEAT)

ghosts, duels, murders, ill-fated love and conspiracy - addictively readable (Eithne Farry DAILY MAIL)

undeniably gripping (THELONDONPAPER)

Try this if you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but fancy something a bit more meaty. (NEWS OF THE WORLD)

Better than Labyrinth! (SIMON MAYO BOOK CLUB ON RADIO 5 LIVE)

A sure, deft momentum¿the secrets begin to slip out thick and fast (DAILY EXPRESS)

The best of the Brits¿a ghoul thriller¿Where Mosse really wins is in the writing department. She's the real role model there. (THE MIRROR)

'Sepulchre is a compulsive, fantastical, historical yarn. Mosse's skill lies in the precise nature of her storytelling.' (THE OBSERVER)

'[Mosse is] a powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination'. (Artemis Cooper DAILY TELEGRAPH)

'Her narrative lyricism, beautifully drawn female characters and deft journey from the past to the present day, are also a cut above.' (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)

no doubt many readers are eagerly awaiting the the pleasures of her next novel. (THE GUARDIAN)

an enjoyable romp (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

sexy, modern adventure. (SAGA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping tale of mystery and adventure from the author of LABYRINTH

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend this book highly enough! 3 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed Ms.Mosse's first book,Labrynth,and I checked the Amazon reviews of this current book,Sepulchre,for an indication of what to expect of it..the reviews did not do justice to the book,and I had delayed purchasing it because of them.I am now half way through the book,having stayed awake into the early hours of last night,anxious to find out what happened next..It is honestly the best book I have read,in a long time,and even the minor criticisms by other readers,such as the 'Americanisms',did not detract in any way-in fact I could not detect them at all,I found all dialogue wonderful and the descriptions very evocative but not at all flowery,or over the top.It has by turns ellicited feelings of awe,shivers,smiles,intrigue and excitement,mingled with dread-the characters are very likeable and well written,too,although Isobel has a faint,ethereal quality and ,despite plaing a central role,there is a sense of her beng in the background or on the edge of the story,but this is in keeping with her character.It was lovely to see a character I was fond of in Labrynth,re emerge as an enigmatic character in this story-quite heartwarming,although I'm still looking forward to learning what his role wil be.The theme of the Tarot was excellently devised,original and executed brilliantly,I now look at the tarot in a new light,having had little interest before.
Very much recommended-and I hope Ms.Mosse will continue to write more like it!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorougly absorbing 24 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I read this book last year and was checking out reviews for another book by the same author when I was intrigued to read other peoples reviews about this one.
I guess if nothing else it has proved to me that we should not be to swayed by other peoples views - I found this book fascinating, spellbinding and though written in depth to make the characters and scenery so real I found it a real page turner.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Kate Mosse writes in an evocative, well researched style. I liked the twin time threads in Labyrinth, and this approach seemed promising in Sepulchre. Apart from the irritating American English used throughout the prose by this English author, the first two hundred pages kept me engrossed in the developing plot, albeit Tarot Cards being yet another twist on Da Vinci Code, The Eight etc.. I hate to be critical of an author whom I could not hope to emulate, but something went awry in the middle. Tension gave way to melodrama,almost as if Kate was rushing and couldn't wind it up on a high note. Sorry but it has to be an "also ran" read, taken as a whole.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The palaver is finished! 6 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
Sepulchre was my nightly companion through an unwelcome episode of flu so the book's characters and descriptive narrative were somewhat magnified through vivid and feverish hallucinations. This was probably just as well as, in the cold light of day, the characterisation is weak and two-dimensional.

One feels an indifference to the fates of the various protagonists, especially the heroine Leonie. Mosse has hundreds of pages to develop the girl's personality beyond that of a petulant, impressionable and naive schoolgirl, yet fails. The evil psychopathic Constant is completely one dimensional. The modern day all American heroine, Meredith, lacks real substance which is disappointing given the musical possibilities and links to Debussy that Mosse fails to realise fully. The introduction of the Labyrinth characters Audric Baillard and Shelagh O'Donnell into the narrative, is strangely disjointing. The infanticide theme is a little overly gratuitous turning some of the concluding sequences into grotesque gothic melodrama. The Tarot theme, although original and captivating in the early part of the story, fails to develop or make sense at the conclusion, leading to a weak and unsatisfactory finish.

Throughout her novels Mosse spouts occasional lines from T.S.Eliot. ("Shape without form/ shade without colour/ hidden voices in the orchard", etc). Well, here's my contribution...

"The palaver is finished!"
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174 of 204 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awkward, clumsy fiction 2 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
Like the other person here who wrote a bad review of Sepulchre, I have no wish to be vindictive to the author. Writing must be a little like baring your soul and to have it flayed alive must be hard for the author. Justified or not, there are some bitter (as well as some incredibly saccharine) reviews here.

However, though I've never written a review on Amazon before, I felt driven to in this instance. The time-slip novel is my favourite of all genres. Sadly, though I sat down for a rip-roaring read, I did not like this book at all. If you like the time-slip genre there so many better authors. It started ok enough, with atmosphere and setting up of characters, but then it went badly wrong.

The plot is convenient and contrived, the present-day American heroine is phoney (I'm a US citizen) and unnecessarily forced, the phrases are clichéd, the characters all seem cookie-cutter types, each with their own specific role to play without depth, shade, or subtly. The prose has some flair of the commercial writer, but is mainly obtuse and clumsy. Towards the end, the book badly fails and the finale hardly worth all that padding.

Kate Mosse obviously worked hard on the research for this novel - and the text at those points are tedious, overlong and actually quite boring. I do wonder though whether the author might concentrate her skills elsewhere. Still, she might as well cash in while she can until such a time as her publisher thinks she's no longer going to shift books. It does seem a little unfair to abuse us readers, the valuable ever dwindling pool of honest book buyers, into spending our money on such awkward fiction.

My recommendation is if you want a good time-slip novel, try other novelists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book will probably read it again and again
Published 2 days ago by J. R. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Firth class reading for all genders
I know these books are a work of fiction and I, (as a man) thought these we only destined for the female gender I felt I would not complete either the Labyrinth or the Sepulchre-... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars History and intrigue!
Had me interested from the start, a great standalone novel and a thrilling start to the trilogy
Published 4 days ago by MrsBrown
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Mosse
Great "trilogy" - I know the Dordogne well and enjoyed spotting the places.
Published 18 days ago by John Laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. This book had both fact and fiction in boatloads.
Published 22 days ago by light reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read but not a patch on Labyrinth
Published 26 days ago by A. L. Mcleod
4.0 out of 5 stars A very absorbing book but why oh why is it ...
A very absorbing book but why oh why is it written in American English when the author is British English? A vey irritating factor which for me has dropped it by a star rating
Published 29 days ago by Angela Milner-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars another great novel from this wonderful
another great novel from this wonderful author
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. Josephine A. Alleyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Sepulchre
An excellent book. Enjoyed it more than labyrinth . Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the past & the present in one book
Published 1 month ago by elaine nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars kate Moss fan
I enjoy reading Kate Moss as a change from my other choices. She is able to build a stoty well with good characterisation.
Published 1 month ago by pete
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