From Publishers Weekly
Parrish's debut, a Da Vinci Code
satire, fails to make the most of its intriguing premise. When a bog man preserved in peat turns up near Hamburg, Germany, the police discover an enormous ruby clenched in his fist. Authorities identify him as Johannes Cellarius, a 17th-century cartographer, who was possibly done in with a pickaxe by a jealous husband. The really cold corpse inspires a global treasure hunt for the legendary Tavernier Stones, of which the ruby was part, lost by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605–1689) during his fabled seventh journey to the Orient. The last map Cellarius drew contains a clue composed of medieval runes. John Graf¸ an Amish cartographer, teams with David Freeman, a brilliant thief and gemologist, but more ruthless folks are also after the jewels. A gemologist and cartographer himself, Parrish slyly mixes fact and fancy as the progressively more silly action builds to an over-the-top climax. (May)
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"The author certainly knows his subject matter and relates it to historical fact. There should be something to appeal to readers of all persuasions."
--The Mystery Reader
"Parrish keeps the dialogue light, throws in more than a few witty scenes, and ties it all up in a neat and satisfying bundle at the end. What more could you want from a late summer read?"
"If his subsequent novels are researched to the same degree, he could claim a legitimate position among the notables of this genre."
--April 1, 2010
"The author clearly knows his subject--the details about map-making and gemology ring true--and even better, he knows how to tell a good story." --Booklist