Pale as the Dead

Pale as the Dead

Book - 2004
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This is the first stunning installment of a riveting new mystery series that uncovers the secrets of the dead. "Pale as the Dead" deals with the mysterious death of Lizzie Siddal, a real and fascinating historical figure whose beauty and tragic life have made her into a legend. (She was the model for the famous painting on the cover of the book.) Lizzie's death has always been shrouded in mystery. She is perhaps best known for the macabre story that tells of her husband, the Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, having her coffin dug up to retrieve some poems he had buried with her. When the coffin was opened, Lizzie was said to be as beautiful as the day she died.
"Pale as the Dead" is the story of how the disappearance of a young girl, Bethany, appears to be linked in some way to Lizzie Siddal. Our detective is Natasha Blake, a complex young genealogist with a passion for history. Natasha's career choice is partly driven by the mystery of her own roots--she was abandoned in the hospital as a newborn.
Her mother disappeared hours after giving birth, leaving a false name and address and a note on the back of a picture postcard that said simply, "Her name is Natasha."
Natasha is hired by the missng girl's lover, Adam, whose own life seems to have plenty of dark shadows. An old diary and famous graveyard lead Natasha into more danger than she bargains for--some people will do ANYTHING to keep a secret
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004, c2002
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312323233
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 22, 2014

A better "genealogy mystery" than most I've read; the protagonist is a professional genealogist and the descriptions of her research efforts are both enjoyable (to me) and pretty realistic. The premise of the mystery was a little unlikely, but if you can suspend disbelief, this is an enjoyable mystery.


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