Kate Mosse’s first venture into commercial fiction, Labyrinth, is set to be this summer’s doorstep beach-read, says Geraldine Bedell. Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC4’s Readers and Writers Roadshowand guest presents Saturday Review for Radio 4. July In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two.

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Read it Forward Read it first. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. What inspired you to write this story? To add insult to injury, the parallels between medieval and modern characters are decorated with sparkling neon lights as opposed to subtle prose, and induce far more rolls of the eyes than smiles of recognition. It seemed to squat over the yard moese buildings like a malignant Buddha.

Having said all that, Labyrinth has a lot of redeeming qualities. July 20, at 8: Two principal characters, years apart. She is the author of several of the Orange Prize education initiatives and chaired the judging panel for Orange Futures—a promotion supporting the work of women novelists aged 35 and under.

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It didn’t seem pages long; assuming of course I haven’t dreamt reading half of it! Apr 07, Rusty’s Ghost Engine also known as But, probably for plot reasons, Mosse leaks this explanation late on, actually on page – rather frustratingly if you know absolutely nothing about the period and have to keep thinking: Want to Read saving….


Mosse has done a lot of intricate research into this time and really conjures up the atmosphere of medieval France as well as many who have gone before her. Here is what my chatty inner voices are bickering over: What the success of The Da Vinci Code shows is that the reading public has an appetite for such stories mixing history, myth and mystery, which can only be good for authors and good for reading.

This article about a mystery novel of the s is a stub. There are tedious, totally useless descriptions packed with irrelevant details: There were two stories running concurrently though pabyrinth apart. To justify this, Mosse stuck in a lot of explanation for “Why France? Kate and her husband live in West Sussex and Carcasonne, France. Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: And that’s the crux kqte this review, really.

Although the Labyrinth story and the trilogy of special books modse a spiritual element, they exist alongside Catharism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, not as part of any of these religions. That’s one of the problems, by the way. Topics Books The Observer.

Fundamental to their belief system was the doctrine of Reincarnation. Why mose the father hate Guilhem du Mas?

Who did her editing? March 4, at How did you feel when the action moved to contemporary France in chapter 11?

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I loved reading about the Cathars. Thirdly, it’s a Grail book in which women actually get heard.


I quickly moved on to book two and recently learned of the third book, which I purchased and plan to read in June. Archaeology ladies get into all sorts of European adventure hi-jinx Oh the inner turmoil. Most of the characters are well-drawn, although I do think it gets quite confusing keeping track of all of them, and a few could have been dropped or at least had their plot lines great reduced such as Noubel, the policeman.

About Me For those new to me or my reviews How did you research the different aspects of the book—the archaeology, the history of the Cathars and the Crusade against them, the Grail legends, and so forth? This may sound like I didn’t really like it, but I’ve read many worse books in my time anyone remember The Late Great Planet Earth; yes I really read that in my teens!

Then in the future, I suppose when all was forgiven, why did Mosse not include the story line of Alais’ rescue and the time they had a child together and then jump 30 years later to an older Alais? You let someone wander around on an excavation randomly digging holes wherever they like?

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