The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mystery

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mystery

by Doris Kenney Marcotte

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Before She Can Finish Writing Her Novel, One Ordinary Woman Must Solve a 3,500-Year-Old Mystery

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.

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery, part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, it is about seeking truth and taking control of our lives. And it is about discovering the unknown strength within us-that housewives can also be heroes and adventurers-as we write our own personal stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432760540
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Beads of Lapis Lazuli: A Greek Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kimreadthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is interested, if far-fetched. The writing is well-craftedThe minor theme of a housewife¿s independence was well-done. The reader sympathized with Kate and wanted her to pursue her writing career with her solitary trip to Crete.The psychic elements, the Oracle ceremony, and especially the reincarnation elements ar the end of the book nearly made the book into a fantasy, rather than a story with archaeology shedding light on legends.The buried treasure seemed superfluous and particularly unbelievable.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
The Beads of Lapis Lazuli By: Doris Kenney Marcotte Copyright: September 2011 Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc. 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. The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery, part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, it is about seeking truth and taking control of our lives. And it is about discovering the unknown strength within us-that housewives can also be heroes and adventurers-as we write our own personal stories. What do you get when you mix an everyday housewife who is an avid sailor, a surprise trip to Crete to avoid bad sailing weather and a Lapis Lazuli necklace? You have all the ingredients necessary for an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones or Laura Croft. Katheryn Marshal has always been interested in the Minoan civilization. Her interests have driven her to write a book answering the questions that remain about the Myth of Ariadne and Theseus. Katheryn has been planning a return trip to Crete to look for more information but it seems that everyone around her is doing their best to keep her from going. Finally she just buys her ticket and plans to leave on her own. She had read a short article in the paper about a man who helped a group of French Archeologists. He was a well known psychic who helped them select a new dig site. His success rate was unbelievable. She heads off to meet Jake Dupree and see if he can help her decide where to look and which island is the actual site. Katheryn and Jake head off to Crete and from there, her adventure takes on a life of its own. I love the stories of Ancient Greece and Rome. The pantheons of Gods and Goddesses, the heroes and heroines entertained me as a child and still hold me enthralled to this day. Ms. Marcotte has produced a story of ancient love, paranormal adventure, history of a lost culture and an extremely must read book. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the author who only asked for a fair review.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Katheryn is one of those rare characters who literally focuses on her obsession throughout the book. She is an intriguing character, her intense focus on the Minoan civilization may even make the reader feel as if he/she should know more about the ancient civilization. She is single-minded and tenacious; those qualities serve to make her a terrific character for a mystery novel. After purchasing lapis lazuli beads when on a vacation, Katheryn decides to look into the beads' background and culture-launching her fascination. She goes so far as to write a book about the subject; however, she cannot adequately finish the book, there is a gaping hole that she must fill. Even with her marriage sliding towards the breaking point, she still finds that she must go and find the last few pieces of information to finish her book. This is where the story really takes off. Katheryn, as mentioned above, is a very interesting character. Not many characters write a book based off of ancient Minoan civilization. The secondary characters are just as intriguing to get acquainted with. The events are fast-paced, particularly towards the middle of the story. The ending is a little bit of a surprise, but perfect for this novel. This book is recommended for mystery readers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Cincinnati housewife and mom Katheryn Marshall was on vacation with her husband Dan in Crete when she purchased an ancient strand of lapis lazuli. They went back to Ohio, but for the next two years she obsesses over returning to Greece to visit Dhia Island in order to complete the ancient historical romance she is writing. Her husband Dan objects, but though rare in their marriage she informs him she is going anyway. Accompanied by psychic archeological hunter Jake Deupree, she goes to Greece without her family. There she begins to examine the three and half millennia Minoan mythos of Theseus and Ariadne. She finds anomalies with the legend so she digs deeper seeking the truth. This is an entertaining look at the Minoan ancient culture mostly through the historiographical lenses of twenty-first century interested parties but with a neat twist enhancing the glimpse through time. The cast is solid but the conflict even between the married couple is muted. Still this is an interesting tale as a Buckeye housewife obsesses over looking beyond the legend of Theseus and Ariadne. Harriet Klausner