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The Serpent Papers (Serpent Papers 1) - Jessica Cornwell

The Serpent Papers (Serpent Papers 1) - Jessica Cornwell

Title:The Serpent Papers

Author:  Jessica Cornwell

ISBN:  9781848666726

Weight:  980 g

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The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell

Barcelona, Summer 2003.

Three women are sacrificed to an unknown purpose, skin carved with a cryptic alphabet, tongues cut from their mouths.  Sent beautiful, sinister letters – clues, or confessions? – Inspector Fabregat cannot decipher the warnings within.

As Barcelona explodes in revelry on the Festival of St Joan, Natalia Hernandez, flower of the National Theatre and Catalan idol, lies broken on the steps of the Cathedral.  The city bays for blood, Fabregat chases a shadow-like suspect and signs that whisper of secrets beyond his grasp.

Barcelona, Winter 2014

Anna Verco – academic, book thief, savant – unearths letters hidden for centuries from a lightning-struck chapel in Mallorca.  What they reveal compels her and Fabregat to reignite the Hernandez investigation.  Every page she turns conceals a coded message; every street she treads leads her deeper into the labyrinth.  As Fabregat baits her with suspects, and threats darken her steps, Anna hunts her own prey – the book that began it all, a medieval revelation written in the language of witches and alchemists: The Serpent Papers.

Anna believes this book will unlock the mystery.

She does not yet know she is the key.

Peer & Press Reviews

Combines the intrigue of The Da Vinci Code with the mysticism of a Carlos Ruiz Zafon novel…  This is a gripping tale in which every detail counts.

Financial Times

Erudite alchemical thriller…  Here we have an enigmatic heroine, a wonderful European city, plenty of cultural detail, a string of gruesome murders and a conspiracy that spans centuries… everything is relevant – so pay attention – and everything is enticing, for readers who enjoy this sort of game… she’s an original, entertaining writer.  I finished this episode wanting more.

The Guardian

The kind of rich, multi-layered story that demands and rewards commitment…  A triumphant debut, by a young writer with an incredible imagination.

The Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Serpent Papers
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: The Serpent Papers – book 1
Book features: Black boards with gold coloured text on spine, royal blue end papers.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781848666726
ISBN 10: 1848666721
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 476
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 42mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Diana Patient
Jacket design: Ghost
Jacket illustration: Jamie Whyte (nightingale)

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