The Madonna Murdersby Pamela Cranston, Yolanda Montijo (Designed by)
In real life, Frederick Mitchell-Hedges owned both the Crystal Skull and the Icon of Kazan at the same time. This is the same Crystal Skull featured in the Steven Spielberg movie: "Indiana
The Madonna Murders is a mesmerizing novel about the priceless Icon of Kazan (first made famous by Tolstoy and shown at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair) and the Crystal Skull.
In real life, Frederick Mitchell-Hedges owned both the Crystal Skull and the Icon of Kazan at the same time. This is the same Crystal Skull featured in the Steven Spielberg movie: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
This book takes readers on a journey into the thrilling world of icons, the struggle between the holy and the demonic, and the Russian history of San Francisco and the USSR.
- St. Huberts Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.46(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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I loved Pamela Cranston's 'The Madonna Murders.' It certainly ought to sell especially well in the San Francisco Bay area because of her affectionate and detailed descriptions of local scenes - Green's Restaurant, also Maxwell's bar at the Palace, Kimball's, Alamo Square, Dolores Park, Lake Stret, etc., not to mention the car chase on JFK Drive and of course the Russian cathedral itself. In fact, all of her scenes are especially well done, giving the reader the feeling of being right there. I admired all of her characterizations, especially that of Keith -- and of course Andrea will surely turn out to be an unforgettable charcter for all of us. The twists and turns of the plot keep us in suspense right up to the end, with informative flashbacks to flesh out background information. But most of all, I loved the descriptive passages, not too wordy, not overdone, but obviously written by a poet. My favorite is when Andrea gets up early up at the Mendocino monastary and walks down to the little chapel. She makes us see, smell, hear and feel the peace of that moment. Very moving.
The Madonna Murders is a thriller that admirably fulfills its function of providing suspense and intrigue while doing much else as well. An interesting and varied cast of characters leads the reader on an impeccably plotted progress from the first corpse through the fast moving chase to its satisfactorily inconclusive conclusion. The author plays fair and there are clues to the murderer¿s identity scattered throughout, but probably only a practiced few murder buffs will spot them unless rereading the book. In the meantime we have watched the growth of a serious relationship between the two major characters: an incipient Professor of Theology and a member of ¿The Media¿; an unlikely couple who start off very much on the wrong foot. Their amusing verbal sparring continues throughout, but their changing and growing feelings have led to the strong possibility of a permanent commitment by the end of the last chapter. Mixed into all this are many pleasures, such as: the solid particularity of the San Francisco/Bay Area setting; the history of the Russian enclave there in the early part of the last century; fascinating information about icons, and the Orthodox church; thought-provoking discussions of moral and theological matters; a touch of mysticism, a feeling for the holy. The book does no preaching, but certainly it does some teaching for those who are interested in one or more of its themes. It is a ¿good read¿ thriller, stuffed with ideas and spiced with wit.
The Madonna Murders is a classically good mystery. It starts with characters you care about -- Andrea West is a literary daughter of both Amanda Cross's academic world and Elizabeth Peters' adventurous women, Keith, the love interest is really loveable, and the villains and Russian holy men are fantastic -- then it adds some really weird and exciting events beginning with murder in the Cathedral, an immersion into the spiritual culture of Russian America and a tense and exciting conclusion. Cranston has done her homework. You can enter her world with confidence. From beginning to hair-raising end, you won't be able to put this one down.