The Tavernier Stones

The Tavernier Stones

Large Print - 2010 | Large print ed
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Cartographer John Graf, shunned by his Amish community for pursuing higher education, becomes embroiled in a mystery when the remains of 17th-century mapmaker Cellarius, the subject of centuries-old conjecture, emerge from a German bog. The discovery of his corpse and a ruby clutched in his death grip gives credence to the existence of the fabled Tavernier Stones, a cache of the world's most prized missing jewels. Graf joins forces with a gemologist-turned-grifter to solve a puzzle Cellarius encoded into his final and most famous map.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, c2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410428493
Branch Call Number: PARRISH
Characteristics: 505 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 12, 2018

When a bog body found clutching an enormous ruby is identified as a (fictitious) Renaissance cartographer, it sparks a hunt for cryptic clues to a fabulous treasure. German author Parrish successfully conveys the worldwide interest such a discovery would spark while staying focused on a small core of characters. One feels a crypto-thriller should have a bit more globe-trotting, but the book is elevated by its well-drawn cast, including an outcast Amish mapmaker, a jewel thief, and a penurious aristocrat shrewdly keeping up appearances.

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