Bristol House: A Novel

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Penguin, Apr 4, 2013 - Fiction - 416 pages
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In the tradition of Kate Mosse, a swiftly-paced mystery that stretches from modern London to Tudor England

In modern-day London, architectural historian and recovering alcoholic Annie Kendall hopes to turn her life around and restart her career by locating several long-missing pieces of ancient Judaica. Geoff Harris, an investigative reporter, is soon drawn into her quest, both by romantic interest and suspicions about the head of the Shalom Foundation, the organization sponsoring her work. He’s also a dead ringer for the ghost of a monk Annie believes she has seen at the flat she is subletting in Bristol House.

In 1535, Tudor London is a very different city, one in which monks are being executed by Henry VIII and Jews are banished. In this treacherous environment of religious persecution, Dom Justin, a Carthusian monk, and a goldsmith known as the Jew of Holborn must navigate a shadowy world of intrigue involving Thomas Cromwell, Jewish treasure, and sexual secrets. Their struggles shed light on the mysteries Annie and Geoff aim to puzzle out—at their own peril.

This riveting dual-period narrative seamlessly blends a haunting supernatural thriller with vivid historical fiction. Beverly Swerling, widely acclaimed for her City of Dreams series, delivers a bewitching and epic story of a historian and a monk, half a millennium apart, whose destinies are on a collision course.

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User Review  - Icewineanne - LibraryThing

This story takes place in England, present day, and toggles back & forth in time to 1535, the Tudor period. Lately, almost all of the books that I've read are using this storytelling technique. I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Virginia51 - LibraryThing

review I wasn't sure how I would like how this book goes from the past to the present when I started to read it. I loved it. It was a very well written story and I loved how both the past and the present ended. I hope she writes another book soon. Read full review

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Beverly Swerlingáis the author of many novels, including the City of Dreams series, a four-volume historical saga set in old New York. She is also a consultant to other authors and an amateur historian. She lives in Philadelphia.

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