By Kate Mosse

From the New York Times bestselling writer of Labyrinth-"a wealthy brew of supernaturalism and intrigue."(Kirkus Reviews)

In 1891, younger Léonie Vernier and her brother arrive on the domestic in their widowed aunt in Rennes-le-Bains, in southwest France. yet not anything is as Léonie had imagined. Their aunt is younger, willowy, and lovely, and the property is a topic of neighborhood superstition. Villagers declare that Léonie's past due uncle died after summoning a demon from the outdated Visigoth sepulchre on its grounds...

greater than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate scholar, arrives in Rennes-le- Bains whereas gaining knowledge of the lifetime of Claude Debussy. Haunted by way of a Tarot analyzing she had in Paris-and owning the mysterious deck of cards-she tests right into a grand outdated lodge equipped at the web site of a well-known mountain property destroyed via hearth in 1896. There, the pack of Tarot playing cards and a section of 19th-century song referred to as Sepulchre 1891 carry the main to her fate-just as they did to the destiny of Léonie Vernier.

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I'm maintaining an open brain, sir, until eventually we've got accumulated additional information. ” “Yes, certain. ” Laboughe waved his hand impatiently. “But your intuition? ” “In fact, i don't imagine Du Pont is our guy. in fact it kind of feels the main most likely clarification. the final was once there. we now have simply his note for it that he arrived to discover Marguerite Vernier lifeless. there have been Champagne glasses, but additionally one whiskey tumbler smashed within the grate. yet there are too many stuff that don't appear to healthy. ” Thouron took a deep breath, floundering for the appropriate phrases. “The tip-off, for one. If certainly it used to be a fanatics’ quarrel that bought out of hand, who used to be it that made touch with the papers? Du Pont himself? I rarely imagine so. The servants had all been disregarded. it might probably were just a 3rd occasion. ” Laboughe nodded. “Go on. ” “Also, the timing, if you happen to will, of either son and daughter being out of city and the house closed up for the period. ” He sighed. “I don’t comprehend, sir. whatever staged concerning the entire factor. ” “You imagine Du Pont was once arrange to take the autumn? ” “I imagine it really is anything we should always contemplate, sir. If it have been him, why might he basically delay the assignation? absolutely he could take care to be nowhere within the region? ” Laboughe nodded. “I can’t deny that it'd be a aid to not need to pursue a military hero in the course of the courts, Thouron, specifically one so adorned and exotic as Du Pont. ” He stuck Thouron’s eye. “Not that it's going to impression your selection, Inspector. for those who think him to blame . . . ” “Of path, sir. I too will be distressed to prosecute a hero of the patrie! ” Laboughe glanced down on the shrill newspaper headlines. “On the opposite hand, Thouron, we mustn't ever disregard lady lies lifeless. ” “No, sir. ” “Our precedence has to be to find Vernier and tell him of his mother’s homicide. If ahead of he was once unwilling to speak to the police concerning the a variety of incidents with which he has been entangled in this previous 12 months, probably this tragedy will loosen his tongue. ” He shifted place. The chair creaked below his weight. “But nonetheless no signal of him, you acknowledged? ” Thouron shook his head. “We recognize he left Paris 4 days in the past, within the corporation of his sister. A cabman, one of many regulars who paintings the rue d’Amsterdam, stories identifying up a fare within the rue de Berlin, a guy and a lady matching the outline of the Verniers, and taking them to the Gare Saint-Lazare on Friday final, almost immediately after 9 o’clock within the morning. ” “Any sightings of them when they have been within Saint-Lazare? ” “None, sir. Trains from Saint-Lazare provider the western suburbs— Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, in addition, after all, because the boat trains for Caen. not anything. yet then they can have disembarked at any aspect and transferred to a department line. My males are directly to it. ” Laboughe was once staring at at his pipe. He looked to be becoming bored. “And you will have the be aware out with the railway gurus, I presume? ” “Mainline and department stations. Notices were published through the Ile-de-France, and we're checking the passenger lists for channel sailings, simply in case they intend to go back and forth farther afield.

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