Sonnet of the Sphinx
A Poetic Death Mystery with Grace Hollister by Diana Killian
Review: Diana Killian continues Grace Hollister's scholarly exploits in England's Lake District in the highly entertaining Sonnet of the Sphinx, the third book in the Poetic Death mystery series.
The possibility of recovering a lost Shelley sonnet is too compelling for Grace even after she's suspected of murder, is run off the road and nearly drowns, and barely escapes from her home as it burns to the ground. Though there are a couple of murders along the way, the real mystery of Sonnet of the Sphinx remains the quest itself. Does the sonnet exist, and if so, where is it, and is it authentic? Grace's research and persistence pay off when she ultimately ascertains the answers to these questions.
The back story in Sonnet of the Sphinx is fascinating and illustrates Killian's notable ability to interleave literary fact into a novel of fiction.
The ending comes as something of a surprise though in retrospect it shouldn't have been since Killian cleverly interjects telling clues throughout.
The epilogue serves as a cliffhanger of sorts. Will there be a fourth Poetic Death mystery? If so, will it take place in Cumbria? And where is Grace's increasingly complex relationship with the mysterious Peter Fox heading? Another literary adventure with Grace Hollister would certainly help resolve these undecided issues.
Acknowledgment: Diana Killian provided an ARC of Sonnet of the Sphinx for this review.
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Perseverance Press (Trade Paperback), April 2009
ISBN-13: 9781880284971; ISBN-10: 1880284979
Location(s) referenced in Sonnet of the Sphinx: England's Lake District
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Sonnet of the Sphinx by Diana Killian — A Poetic Death Mystery with Grace Hollister
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: March 2006
List Price: $6.99