Author: Jessica Cornwell
Number of Pages: 480
Barcelona, Summer 2003 Three women are sacrificed to an unknown purpose, skin carved with a cryptic alphabet, tongues cut from their mouths. Sent puzzling letters - clues, or confessions? - Inspector Fabregat cannot decipher the warning within. As Barcelona explodes in revelry on the Festival of St Joan, Natalia Hernandez, flower of the National Theatre and Catalan idol, lies dead on the steps of the Cathedral. The city bays for blood, Fabregat chases riddles and shadows; signs that whisper of an enigma beyond his understanding. Barcelona, Winter 2014 Anna Verco - academic, book thief, savant - unearths letters hidden for centuries from a lightning struck chapel on Mallorca. What they reveal drives her back to Barcelona to reignite the Hernandez investigation. Every page she turns conceals a secret message; every street she treads leads her deeper into the labyrinth. As Fabregat baits her with suspects, and threats darken her steps, Anna hunts her own prey - the book that began it all, a medieval revelation written in the language of witches and writing women: the Serpent Papers. Anna believes this book will unlock the mystery. She does not yet know she is the key.