Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Anne C. Petty's The Cornerstone

Anne C. Petty's book, The Cornerstone, is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble

The Blurb
How do you catch a banshee? But more importantly, if you succeed, how can you hope to survive the ordeal? The consequences of such dark magic are high, and if you try to let go once you’ve got that tiger by the tail, it may cost your very soul!

Atlanta is a cosmopolitan, theater-going city that supports its fair share of the arts. But when a small theatrical company takes on the production of Christopher Marlowe’s famous play, Dr. Faustus, in the century-old Janus Theater, things don’t go as planned. Unexplained stage effects appear as cast members disappear, accidents seem more than coincidence, and an earthquake splits a busy downtown thoroughfare. Oh, and did we mention the rumored ghost in the basement?

Paramedic Claire Porter thinks her volunteer prompter’s job with the company will give her some relief from her stressful day job, and it is fun, at first. But as they say, the Devil is in the details.
My Review

The CornerstoneThe Cornerstone by Anne C. Petty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Irish mythology precipitates this fictional tale of Christopher Marlowe's life-after-death. An interesting book that will pique the appetites of those who enjoy history. Readers are encouraged to go off and research minor characters on our own. A little more detail about these historical figures in the story would keep people like me from getting distracted, which is part of why it took me so long to read the story. Readers that don't like research will probably find this book frustrating.

I didn't figure out where the plot was going until Ms. Petty decided to give me that information. The writing is reminiscent of a Gothic Romance written in the 60s and 70s, reminding me of Mary Stewart minus the happily-ever-after couple falling-in-love angle. I was pleasantly surprised to see the main character take a different path at the end of the story than one that a 60s/70s GR-writer would have used.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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