The Book Of Stolen Tales: Book Two In The Mesopotamian Trilogy by D J McintoshThe Book Of Stolen Tales: Book Two In The Mesopotamian Trilogy by D J Mcintosh

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

byD J Mcintosh

Paperback | June 10, 2014

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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 by The Globe and Mail for its “stellar research” and “superb writing,” it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer with a past.

He uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside Baghdad and discovered the truth behind a famous story long believed to be a myth. In this 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 of 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 strange world of eccentric European aristocracy and rare-book collectors. As the dark origins of familiar 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 Mesopotamian plague.

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Babylon, shortlisted for the Crime Writer Association’s Debut Dagger Award and winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime novel.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,...
Title:The Book Of Stolen Tales: Book Two In The Mesopotamian TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.2 × 5.25 × 1.15 inPublished:June 10, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143175750

ISBN - 13:9780143175759

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible detail and a fast-moving story Having read both book one (The Witch of Babylon) and book two (The Book of Stolen Tales), I can wait for the third in the series. Both books introduced me to historical details I knew little to nothing about, but did so within the context of a fast-paced story. You don't need to have read the first book to enjoy the second, but I would certainly recommend reading them in order if you can. It's probably easy to draw comparisons between this series and Dan Brown's books - certainly the level of research into historical facts and myths is just as high - but I preferred this series. John Madison feels more approachable - he is not always the smartest man in the room; he is endearingly flawed, sometimes even just plain wrong. He doesn't leap tall buildings or jet-set around the world. He's not MacGyver, James Bond or Indiana Jones (although there is certainly plenty of action). I also think the series ties together history, mythology and the current context well - there is an element of mysticism but the story is rooted in real human motives - fear, jealousy, obsession, revenge. Highly recommend (and definitely read both books!)
Date published: 2015-03-13

Editorial Reviews

“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