According to Luke

According to Luke

by Rosanne Dingli


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An art mystery rocks society and the Church.
Secrecy and forbidden love escalate into extortion and murder.

Art conservator Jana Hayes is unaware when she is mugged in Venice that theft, murder, and a frantic chase through Europe are about to shake up her life. Curator Rob Anderson, who happens to be a priest, brings a mysterious icon into her lab.
It upsets her tranquil ordinary days.
The ancient panel poses questions about the identity of New Testament evangelist Saint Luke. Its astounding secret sets a vengeful archbishop against her, and ruins friendships with work colleagues.
The dilemma changes everything, including how Jana regards her own safety, how she thinks about love, what she feels about beliefs and religion, including the strained relationship with her calculating mother.
According to Luke is a thrilling adventure full of secrecy, symbols, faith, and forbidden love. It shows how dangerous small changes can be; and how devastating their effect is on ordinary life.
Follow an ill-fated couple on a quest that charges from Venice to Malta, and then to the Byzantine town of Ravenna. A chase that escalates to disaster in Damascus. Is it possible to keep the secret about who St Luke was?'Church politics and forbidden romance merge together in this page-turner. A superb mystery from Rosanne Dingli.'Janet Woods, author of Salting the WoundLet this novel be your entry into a series you will want to read over ... in any order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479341108
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2012
Series: A Bryn Awbrey Novel , #1
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Rosanne Dingli has authored eight novels, including the popular Bryn Awbrey series, a book of her published and awarded poems, and several collections of short fiction.
Her work has appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies for over 25 years. Much of her work contains references to art, literature and music, all of which inform her writing.
She lives and writes in Western Australia.

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According to Luke 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This was a really fantastic read! Dingli is a superb writer, encompassing it all within her novel: suspense, mystery, romance, murder, betrayal, and even terrorism. I was intrigued as I read, spurred on by the mystery that surrounded the novel as Jana and her friends uncover a conspiracy and figure out the truth. I was reminded of The Da Vinci Code as I read (the movie, I've not yet read the book), yet only in terms of mystery and secrets within the Catholic church. Dingli makes this story her own, and all other similarities with other novels and movies end there. I would, therefore, love to see this novel hit the big screen as its sheer amount of intrigue, suspense, and mystery will captivate any audience. I highly enjoyed the characters as they were well rounded and sincere, adding to the narrative of the story. I was able to identify with the characters on many levels, solidifying my fondness for the novel. Dingli does a superb job shrouding her book in mystery, and kept me guessing as new information came to light. I found myself drawn in to the novel, right alongside the characters, while coming up with my own theories. Yet, I was just as shocked as the characters were when the truth was finally revealed; it takes a very skilled writer to keep such a vast secret from revealing itself before the exact time, and Dingli does an outstanding job. I am also impressed with the amount of time Dingli spent researching her book. While admittedly a fictional novel, all the locations, paintings (save the separated icon Jana works closely with) and sculptures, illnesses, transportation routes, and documents presented in the text are authentic. This aspect makes the novel that much more intriguing as one can actually visit and research these relics for further study. It is plain to see that Dingli put a lot of time and love into creating her novel, and I highly recommend reading it! Four stars!
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