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The Secret Dead


S.J. Parris

This is a short mystery, set in a Dominican monastery in 16th century Naples. The mystery part is not particularly surprising, but the story is still enjoyable to read. The historical setting is well-drawn, the characters are interesting, and the writing moves you through the story even once you have guessed the ultimate outcome. It is great escapism, because it draws you completely into the the setting that is completely removed from our modern world. It is a short story related to a series of longer books, and it serves as a good advertisement for them, but also stands well on its own.

Favorite Thing: 
The historical setting.
The Secret Dead book cover, a single monk on a white background.
Book Length: 
Part of Series: 
Short story/novella related to a series of long books
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