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Secrets of the Gap [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Orr
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Book Description

For Carolyn Williams, the ancient Roman Baths of England are why she became an archaeologist. At a conference there, she finds the infuriating Greg Porter, who is unable to shake feelings about the place and has traveled from his dig in Egypt.
Carolyn's theories about the long-buried Roman Temple come up against others who are looking for it, hoping to find the long-missing torso of the statue of Sulis Minerva. Her head is in the site's museum. The rough looking Robert Hill does maintenance work in the Baths so that the can look for the statue. Museum guide Gladys Rigsby thinks he will give the statue to her, and believes it will give her eternal life. More sinister than either of them is the meeting's host, Winston Reed, who will pay top dollar for the complete statue.
Carolyn believes the Celtic monks, a tolerant breed of early Christians, sealed the temple long ago. One clue was a symbol on a photograph in a British library. Will the symbol help her find the long-buried portions of the Baths? And if Carolyn, Greg, and professor friend Scotty find the statue, will they live to reunite it with its head?

Editorial Reviews


The story is interesting and was a unique idea. As someone who has been to Bath, England it was fun to read about the area.
Thinking Girl Guide, on Amazon

Really enjoyed this novel. Full of intrigue, suspense, with a bit of historical mystery. Keeps you reading to find out the next twist in the plot. Recommend it highly.  Penny Wells, on Amazon

From the Author

         Secrets of the Gap
was first written as a play, born during my second visit to this wondrous site. The story eventually evolved to its final form as a book more than a decade after I finished the play. It is a challenge to convey a lot about a historical site without getting the plot and characters bogged down in the description. I'll leave it to readers to decide if I accomplished that. 
           If you have not visited the Roman Baths in Bath, England, learn about them.  The idea that these excavated baths were buried for centuries is mind-boggling. If you have children or young friends, take them to the British government's web site for the Roman Baths--the site will help show that many have come before us, and that their cultures and achievements were as valuable as our own.
         There have been a few editorial changes since the 2010 issuance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Lifelong Dreams Publishing; First edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032JSL52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Light Entertainment December 30, 2011
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While not in the league with some of her predecessors using archaeological heroes and heroines (Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters, Aaron Marc Stein, et al) the author does a competent job of creating a mystery for archaeologists to solve. Mostly, it is an archaeological puzzle; however, by adding bad guys into the search for a solution, a touch of crime and suspense is inserted into the story. The main characters are given some delineation, the others are pretty much only stage setting. The author tells her simple story with as little decoration as is possible.
In sum, it is very light, includes material of some interest, and is speedy reading. Should be good reading for train, bus or plane: easily read, easily dropped, easily picked up again with no feeling of disorientation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good January 31, 2012
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I don't know this author very well but I enjoyed this book. It's a nice lite read. The story is interesting and was a unique idea. As someone who has been to Bath, England it was fun to read about the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasing Bath September 23, 2012
By D. Pugh
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This was a neat romantic mystery. Typical tension between romantic protagonists who, of course, end up together. Interesting addition of an old professor friend, whom the reader automatically likes. Since it's been many years since I have been in Bath, I would have appreciated some maps or diagrams of the baths, a photo showing the proximity of the baths and Abbey, and perhaps a timeline. Otherwise, I did enjoy the history and the very interesting location of this story.
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Secrets of the Gap has lots of questions of who is the bad people. You do not know who to trust. As you travel you learn a great deal about Bath England during the Roman times. This is a book the shows both Roman people and modern times. The different time lines are handle very well. It does take a a bit to figure out the bad people because of the good writing. Enjoy the book and taste the advent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Intrigue! Great read! September 18, 2012
By cwjmom1
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Read this authors' Jolie Gentile mystery series then came back to earlier book of hers. Author Elaine Orr does a great job with this mystery. It was a fun read and even more so since I visited Bathe many years ago. When you are done with this one read the author's Jolie series. They are a fun/light mystery that kept my interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book June 2, 2014
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I read this because I'd read all of the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mysteries by Elaine Orr and chanced reading this one. I liked it even better! The setting is Bath, England at a meeting of intellectuals. Orr brought in descriptions of the baths and some history that was very interesting. A very good story and mystery.
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Elaine L. Orr has written, edited, and published for more than thirty years in business and popular fields. Fiction includes short stories, plays, novellas, and novels. The Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery series debuted in 2011 and the eight books and prequel have garnered good reviews.

Her play, Permission to Hope, received a staged reading at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Biding Time, a novella, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. Behind the Walls (a Jolie Gentil book) is a finalist in the 2014 Chanticleer Murder and Mayhem awards. The winner will be announced in March 2015.

Nonfiction book-length works includes Monett (Arcadia Publishing), Caring for Treasures: Helping Your Parents Through Life and Death, and Words to Write By: Putting Your Thoughts on Paper. She has also published Orr, Campbell, Mitchell and Shirley Families: Descendants of Paul Orr and Isabelle Boyd in Ireland and America. Elaine's more recent nonfiction can be found on her blog, Irish Roots Author.

In addition to writing, Elaine does presentations on writing-related topics such as electronic publishing and using social media to promote books. She will teach an online class on electronic publishing in August 2015, for Sisters in Crime.

Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an MA in Government. She did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University's Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee at the Midwest Writers' Workshop and Magna Cum Murder.


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