Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Review by Nancy
We should define “vair” to begin with: Vair is an ornamental fur allowed in heraldry. Anyone wearing them who is not royalty could be put to death. Interesting title for a book, right?
Vair is one interesting story. Someone, who may or may not be possessed by Henry VIII is killing all septs of the Plantagenet throne in 2010! This person is using antique weaponry and the victims could be listed as murdered by medieval means – beheading, etc.
For the FBI and the British Royal Protection Squad the crimes are a nightmare. Especially when occurring in the presence of the Prince. Not to mention the Vice-President of the United States.
John Taylor’s friend Dr. Samuels called him in a panic. His daughter has been murdered and no one will tell him anything – can John help? Help he does but this only makes things most confusing. They get even worse when Taylor and his partner are joined by Father Salemi.
Salemi is straight from Rome with the intent of assisting the FBI in catching the killer but, as in any good novel; he has his own motives. He wants to speak to the killer before he dies to see if Henry VIII is possessing him. In case you’ve not read your English history lately, Henry VIII not only beheaded many wives – he was responsible for taking England away from the Catholic Church. Seems he was knocked out while jousting for about three hours and woke a changed man.
This is one heck of a story. There are main plots, sub-plots, backstories galore and it makes for one really interesting novel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leith-born journalist Stewart Dickson has covered major international news stories for newspapers in his native Scotland, London’s Fleet Street, and as the U.S. bureau chief of a major British tabloid. He lives in New York City with his wife.