Jul 062012

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mysteryby Doris Kenney Marcotte 
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Katheryn Marshall is just an everyday Cincinnati housewife and mother-until she purchases an ancient strand of lapis lazuli beads on holiday in Crete. That’s the start of a two-year obsession with ancient Minoan civilization, culminating in an unfinished novel about the culture’s greatest mystery of love and desertion. But as she delves deeper into the myth, Katheryn finds holes in the story that she refuses to accept, preventing her from completing the book. And what happens next could rewrite history-even as it stretches her marriage to the breaking point.

Now, against the vehement wishes of all those around her, Katheryn is about to drop everything to embark on a fact-finding mission that will take her to a deserted island in the middle of the Mediterranean. Along for the ride is Jake Deupree, a renowned psychic who helps archeologists locate important excavations. But as they hone in on their goal, it’s Katheryn who experiences odd premonitions. And neither of them is prepared for what their mission will uncover-and what it will uncover about themselves. 

This story really centred on the characters. They came across as slightly overdramatic representations of people. Katheryn was timid and spineless. Her husband Dan was an over-the-top jerk. I could not understand his inexplicable rage at Katheryn’s desire to go to Greece. His reaction was so extreme that he came across as being one step away from beating her. And she didn’t seem to see it at all.

Dupree seemed like a playboy dog. I kept expecting something to happen between him and Katheryn. There was a bit of tension between them, but it really didn’t play into the story at all.

There was a bit of supernatural to the story, but it only came into play right near the end. This made it seem like an afterthought that was just thrown in to help wrap up the ending. The ending seemed a bit too neat and tidy, with just a telling of how things wrapped up.

Overall, the high points of the book were the various descriptions of Greece and the myths and the boat. These are obviously the parts that the author was most familiar and comfortable with. The actual story left something to be desired.

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