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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
In The Die Is Cast, the first book in the Lady Jane and the Last Supper Dish series, Heights and Woodhouse deliver a daring thriller that measures up to the storytelling craft and the deft plotting of Dan Brown when it comes to weaving mystery into the story. What happens when a cast of interesting characters learns that the Last Supper Dish could be hidden in a shrine in Istanbul? An heiress without the knowledge of her mother’s whereabouts, two filmmakers, and an archeologist are on an adventure to unearth the truth, each of them with a unique motive. A slew of other interesting, robust, and elaborately developed characters like prelates of the Church — from monks to bishops, cardinals, and the Pope — are involved in the conspiracy, an adventure that includes romance and death, and an ancient secret society with a unique mission. It is sturdy and solid!
This novel is cleverly plotted and the narrative voice is infused with a rare sense of humor; there is a quirkiness in character development that elevates the story and makes readers stick with them. Heights and Woodhouse create an original tale around something that should be one of the most important artifacts in history, the Last Supper Dish, and introduce not only interesting characters but plot twists that no one could have anticipated. Characters like Ray Cozart and Natalie Ashbrook, Jane Whitaker and archaeologist Adam Burke are skillfully written, fully drawn, and believable. The intrigue is juicy, the suspense intoxicating, and the religious and artistic world that the characters navigate is so impeccably rendered that any reader will feel as though they were part of its décor. The Die Is Cast features the art of storytelling at its best, with detailed settings, a world infused with religious conflict, and characters that are unforgettable.