The story starts so idyllically that you just know that something big is going to happen. Happen it does, in the form of murder. That single dead body leaves more chaos in its wake than I’d have thought it possible, leading the protagonists and leaders all over the world including Europe and the Arabian countries. I seriously didn’t see the resolution to this case coming at all!
As for the protagonists, they make a splendid pair. Rachel is just the right mix of confident, emancipated, in-search-for-love, intelligent and stubborn to be the perfect sparring partner for Griffin, who made me swoon despite being quite a lot older than me (and the usual hero). I loved his wit, cleverness, tragic past, hard outer shell, humour and stubbornness, and I could picture him in my head vividly.
Also worth mentioning are the great setting, which comes alive on almost every page, the million side characters that are all fascinating parts of the puzzle and sometimes left me dizzy (without ruining the fun), and the effortlessly flowing language. As a German, I also enjoyed the authentic description of Vienna in Austria, and as a closet history fan, all the archeological and historical details connected to the mystery pulled me in deeper and deeper.
You can read a guest post by the author M. S. Spencer and find out more about the book in this blog post.