A Novel

Large Print - 2007
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After the mysterious drowning of his mother Elizabeth Vogelsang, who was writing a controversial biography of Isacc Newton, Cameron Brown recruits his former lover to complete the book. This plunges her to into probing two series of murders, the 17th century murders of several who stood between Newton and his studies and present day targets of those who offend the an animal rights group.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2007
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780739327203
Branch Call Number: L M STOTT
Characteristics: 528 p. (large print) ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2019

I tried to give this book an honest effort. I made it to around page 100 when I had to put the book down and cut my losses. It moved way too slowly and felt like it wasn't even going anywhere. The topics the book covered sounded interesting enough, and I saw a few good reviews on it, so I figured I would give it a try. What a waste of time. The way the author writes the book (as a letter to her ex-lover) is way too hard to understand, and it really feels like Stott is attempting to be 'high-brow' when she is clearly not. I didn't feel any draw to the characters, and didn't care about what happened to anyone, or even how Elizabeth died (and I usually love murder mysteries, CSI and the like). This should have been called Ghostplod. I'm tossing aside and not giving it another thought.

Feb 01, 2018

High marks for settings, description, and ghostly atmosphere. Stott's narrator, however, is a puzzle wrapped in a conundrum and further obscured by her (hidden) motives. While appearing to lament an inevitable tragedy -- she's a little too busy helping it along. Liked the historical mystery side, thought the contemporary mystery over-plotted and somewhat telegraphed.

Jul 17, 2012

No one has brought up the fact that the author herself has uncovered a real mystery concerning Isaac Newton's involvement in alchemy, the closely researched Trinity deaths & the elusive 17th century mathematician & fellow of King's College, Ezekiel Foxcroft. Her suspicions about Newton are fascinating & believable; her post-novel information on Newton including his list of his own sins, a well-written time line and very useful bibliography about Newton & other related subjects such as the Great Plague made me want to do some of my own sleuthing. I am a believer, Professor Stott!

hermlou Nov 29, 2011

Well-written book about a woman finishing a biography of Isaac Newton for the biographer who drowned suspiciously. Stott intertwines a present-day love story with an ancient mystery. Most of all I enjoyed reading about Newton and how driven he was to experiment with light and color, even as the plague was approaching Cambridge.

samdog123 Oct 31, 2011

The reviews were good for this book, which is a historical mystery loosely based on Isacc Newton including his alchemy and tenure at Cambridge University. The modern day is juxtaposed with the past quite well. An enjoyable read, if a little predictable.


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