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Anza O'Malley can see ghosts, a talent that injects some occult thrills into Winkowski and Foley's otherwise flaccid debut. When Anza looks into disruptive paranormal activities at the Boston Athenaeum, she quickly discovers that they're the handiwork of a group of ghostly monks who are hovering over a newly donated 12th-century illuminated manuscript. Their protectiveness suggests the manuscript is the Book of Kildare, which legend says was dictated by an angel. Many scholars doubt the book's existence, but someone believes in it strongly enough to steal the manuscript, setting off an investigation that enlightens Anza and her colleagues to the intrigues of the international antiquities black market. Distracting subplots involve Anza's efforts to help the ghost of a family butler escape the earthly plane and her attempts to be a good mother to her five-year-old son. Future novels in the Ghost Files series this book inaugurates will, one hopes, be more tautly focused. (Oct.)
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"Absorbing from the first page."
—Buffalo News

"An engaging story"
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"The captivating, completely engrossing story provides a glimpse into the realm of the paranormal."

"An authentic ghost whisperer reveals the workings of her mind and heart in this absorbing novel that sheds light on earthbound spirits in need of guidance home. An illuminating tale."
—Cleo Coyle, national bestselling author of The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

"Engaging characters, clever twists . . . bright and spirited in every sense of the word. The Book of Illumination will light up your To-Be-Read list. An otherworldly delight."
—Kate Collins, author of the Flower Shop Mystery series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307452441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307452443
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories involve speaking with the spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light. Over the course of her work as a paranormal investigator, Mary Ann's reputation
Mary Ann Winkowski has spread around the world. She has long been a consultant to the CBS hit television show "Ghost Whisperer," has appeared on numerous national and local TV and radio news programs and is a much in-demand speaker. She has two-grown daughters and lives with her husband, Ted, in the Cleveland area.

Mary Ann has offered her abilities to those in need across the United States and in far away places such as St. Lucia, and Scotland. She is contacted regularly by Federal agencies and local police precincts investigating cold cases and other unsolved crimes. In addition to private consultations that have taken her into the homes of everyone from high profile celebrities to prominent businessmen, she is contacted by businesses, hospitals, clergy and various organizations, including major-league sports franchises who need her help.

In her first book WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits (Grand Central Publishing, October 2007) Mary Ann shares a lifetime's worth of information about the spirit world and reveals her often surprising interactions with memorable ghosts. In the fall of 2009, THE BOOK OF ILLUMINATION, the first novel in Mary Ann's Ghost File paranormal mystery series, co-written with Maureen Foley, was published by Three Rivers Press of The Crown Publishing Group. The follow-up title, THE ICE CRADLE was published October 2010. In September of 2011 Mary Ann will release her newest work, Beyond Delicious (Clerisy Press). It contains recipes that Mary Ann has gotten from earthbound spirits that she has encountered. Each recipe has the story of the earthbound spirit and why it was so important for that spirit to pass it along before they crossed over.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Cavalleri on October 12, 2009
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I highly recommend this book to anyone. If you love the city of Boston and are a fan of paranormal, then this is a book you must read. The writers Winkowski and Foley make you feel that you are right there with them as Anza O'Malley searches for the lost manuscript through the streets of rich historical Boston. Their writing style is very personable, powerful and most important, believable. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Macintosh on December 6, 2009
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This was written by the women who inspired the "Ghost Whisperer" TV series, however this is a mystery and is fiction. I enjoyed the story and the way the characters were drawn. I would recommend it especially for the descriptions of Boston, where the story is set - just remember this one is fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Hanzl on October 24, 2009
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This book does exactly what a first book in a series should do: creates a fun world filled with interesting characters that makes me eager to see what comes next! I love the way that the characters and settings are so realistic and believable. It's too easy for some authors to rest on the paranormal parts of a story without developing anything else. Anza O'Malley is a perfectly normal single mother... who happens to talk to ghosts. Although we know she has solved cold cases for the police for a long time, we're introduced to her in a particularly personal case - what better mystery for a book binder than trying to determine if a manuscript is an ancient treasure, and trying to figure out who stole it - especially since no one even knew it existed! The ghosts have as much personality as any living character, and fit seamlessly into the plotline. The book it written with a lot of lighthearted humor, but the subject matter is far from fluff. It covers a lot of subjects, from history to romance to, of course, ghosts, but it's more than a great ghost story, its a great story that happens to involve ghosts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on December 9, 2010
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Anza O'Malley is a single mom living in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her five-year-old son. She's a freelance bookbinder who happens to see ghosts. It's this ability that lands her a job at the Boston Athenaeum. Two dead monks are haunting the place. Before Anza can figure out why, a priceless book is stolen. Problem is, no one knew about this book or so it was thought.

The person who owned book has died, and it was never mentioned directly in the will. His colleague, Sylvia, believes it was his wish to have the book authenticated and then have it displayed for the world to see. To report the book stolen would mean the end of Sylvia's career and possible jail time. To help, Anza calls in the aid of her child's father, Declan, who is a detective for the BPD, to help with the case.

This mystery is wrapped tightly with colorful characters and even more colorful ghosts. Normally I don't go for mysteries, preferring thrillers instead, but I enjoyed reading this mystery. There were times when I felt the who-done-it part of the story came to almost a standstill as the main character blended her personal life with that of ghosts. When she was home or with family, it was as though she was a regular person. And to be honest, this was my least favorite part. That said, I loved Anza, though I didn't approve of her lusting after Dec. True, in her shoes, I probably would have to. Still...

The characters with their rich dialogue weren't my only favorite part, I wanted to find out who had stolen the book. I think it was a combination of both that had me reaching for the book as often as I could, just so I could read more. I'd like to continue on reading this series and have added the next installment, "The Ice Cradle: A Novel from the Ghost Files" to my wish list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. Wood VINE VOICE on October 29, 2009
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The Book of Illumination (A Novel from the Ghost Files) is a marvelous, hard-to-put-down book!! Having read Mary Ann Winkowski's other books (When Ghosts Speak, as well as two other very hard to find small paperbacks), I was set for a great read and I was NOT disappointed. Winkowski's experiences are the basis for the Jennifer Love Hewlett television series, The Ghost Whisperer, and those of us who have met the direct, to the point, Mary Ann Winkowski appreciate her forthrightness, clarity and down-to-earth accounts of her often amazing experiences. The characters, particularly Anza (the ghost whisperer telling the story, who is obviously based on Mary Ann), her ex-boyfriend (and father of her child) Boston police detective Declan (known as Dec), and the array of supporting characters are all well-drawn and engaging. The tone is bright, observant and the story fairly fast paced. It involves a mysterious, stolen 12th century manuscript along the lines of the Book of Kells. The action takes place in modern-day Boston, where bookbinder Anza O'Malley does custom freelance work. Part ghost-whispering, part mystery thriller, this novel is intriguing right up to the very satisfying ending.

The ghostly characters, too, are well-drawn and intriguing, from the two monks guarding the ancient book, to the deceased English butler who is trying to find the deed to a house he bought in Wales decades before. Anza deals with both living the living and the not-crossed-over ghosts with both deftness and humor.

I only had one complaint about this book -- it ended far too soon and I am already ready for another book from the 'ghost files!' Bravo for a truly well designed, clever story that captivates the reader with its intelligence, quality of writing, and 'ripping good tale!'
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