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Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite
Saint-Gaudens Cypher by Meg Penfield Marker tells the story of how a young women named Gwen embarks upon a mammoth task to uncover a mystery which has remained unsolved for hundreds of years. A mysterious medallion is left to her by her late Uncle Arthur. She finds out that the medallion actually belonged to her great-great-grandfather. With the help of a priest and her former boyfriend, they begin their search to uncover the truth in the romantic city of Paris. As the novel unfolds, more secrets come to light as well as hidden rooms and vaults. Their search, however, does not go unnoticed as others are on their tail, intent of stealing the medallion and claiming it for themselves. Unsure of who to trust, they carry on regardless and what they uncover is more than they ever imagined possible.
Saint-Gaudens Cypher was a wonderful discovery for me as I was captivated from the start. It is obvious that the author Meg Penfield Marker went to great lengths to do some wonderful research. The plot combining historical elements was delightful. With all of the wonderful sculptors and paintings, I could not help but marvel at the beauty of it all. As a reader, I felt my eyes were opened to a culture that I could now view in a different way. I found myself researching the wonderful statues and other various structures that were mentioned and I was highly impressed. I also thought the characters were well developed with the hint of mystery around the darker characters. It reminded me slightly of the Da Vinci Code and, as the mystery unraveled, I was mesmerized. This novel was simply delightful from start to finish and is recommended to all.