The Tavernier Stones

The Tavernier Stones

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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: Woodbury, MN : Midnight Ink, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780738720562
Branch Call Number: FIC/PARRISH
Characteristics: 370 p. : map ; 21 cm.


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János_SPPL 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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