The Book Of Stolen Tales: Book Two In The Mesopotamian Trilogy

Paperback | May 28, 2013

byD J Mcintosh

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In 2011 D.J. McIntosh took the book world by storm with her bestselling debut novel, The Witch of Babylon. Praised for its "stellar research" and "superb writing," it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer with a past who uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside Baghdad and the truth behind a famous story long believed to be a myth.

In this highly anticipated sequel, John Madison travels to London to purchase at auction a rare seventeenth-century Italian book of fairy tales for an anonymous client. Madison is warned about the book's malevolent history. but before he can deliver it to the buyer, he is robbed by a mysterious man claiming to be the book's author. When his client disappears and the book's provenance is questioned, Madison must immerse himself in the world of European artistocracy and rare book collectors. As the dark origins of certain fairy tales appear to come to life around him, Madison discovers that a well-loved children's story contains a necromancer's spell and points to the source of a deadly Mespotamian plague.

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In 2011 D.J. McIntosh took the book world by storm with her bestselling debut novel, The Witch of Babylon. Praised for its "stellar research" and "superb writing," it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer with a past who uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside Baghdad and t...

D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh left her professional job to carve out a career as an author. It took almost ten years to research and write her debut novel, The Witch of Babylon, shortlisted for the Crime Writer Association’s Debut Dagger Award and winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime novel. The Witch was an instant hit,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.99 × 6.11 × 1.15 inPublished:May 28, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143175742

ISBN - 13:9780143175742

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOTTA READ! This book is a must read, through and through. It'll take you across Europe, on a journey riddled with amazing descriptions, and the characters will make you want to stay up into the wee hours of the morning because you don't want to put the book down. A must read! Dee Willson
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read I received a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaway contest. Fairy tales have a long and interesting history. They are tales we tell children. They are based on folk tales that have been around for centuries. We think them amusing nonsense. But is there more to them? That is the them of theme of this book. A 17th century book of fairy tales holds a clue to location of a dangerous disease. But which tale is it? The search is on for the tale that will solve the mystery of unknown disease. Who can you trust? Who is what they seem to be? The author uses the same setting of Europe, New York City (smaller degree) and the Middle East. Mesopotaian history is a speciality of the author and it show is the novel as she weaves ancient history with current events. I felt the author did a good job of doing this and made the story real. There were a couple of supernatural things that she had a tough time explaining. But that is what made the book fun. Maybe because it was the second book I read from this author with the same lead character that I enjoyed this book. I ahd a bettr feel for the character and his backstory. The previous book spent a lot of time on events prior tot he story at hand. The book was still much action driven with character development done just enough to explain actions, but not necessaryoly drive the story. This was good. I enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious Romp Around Europe D.J. McIntosh does it again. Even better than her runaway bestseller debut (The Witch of Babylon), The Book of Stolen Tales is a mysterious, intellectual trip through Europe's past and present. I particularly like the investigator Shaheen. Quirky, disrespectful of authority, and nobody's fool, I had a grin on my face as I read most of his scenes. I'm thrilled to include such a talented writer as McIntosh among my Canadian crime writing colleagues. She will help make Canada the next Scandinavia of crime fiction.
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating read! The Book of Stolen Tales is a fascinating read. Drawn on a vast canvas, D.J. McIntosh expertly intertwines a contemporary thriller plot with a journey into the realm of fairy tales. And John Madison, her engaging protagonist who made his debut in The Witch of Babylon, is back as the central character. When a rare seventeenth-century volume of fairy tales is stolen from his hotel room, Madison sets out to recover it and salvage his reputation as an art dealer. His quest takes him through a dreamlike terrain with characters right out of Beauty and the Beast, and other fables. The Book of Stolen Tales is a sophisticated work that draws on a wealth of research into history, mythology and art history. Put it at the top of your summer reading list.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brilliant and Fantastic Read Brilliantly constructed, this wonderful novel weaves ancient myth, fairytale and modern day mystery into a book that's a fascinating, gripping adventure. Rich in detail, this book is a feast for the senses and a joy to the mind. Fantastic, utterly fantastic!
Date published: 2013-05-26

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“The Book of Stolen Tales is 'fabulous' in every sense of the word. D.J. McIntosh has taken fables and fairy-tales that we thought we knew as children and strung them together to create glittering clues to a dark and terrifying secret hidden at the very heart of modern-day Mesopotamia. A fabulous read!” - New York Times bestselling author Katherine Neville"D.J. McIntosh is a terrific storyteller, and The Book of Stolen Tales kept me turning pages way past bedtime." - Sean Chercover, bestselling author of The Trinity Game