Review magazine Books & Benches has honored The Virgin of the Wind Rose: A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller as one of four finalists for its Book-of-the-Year Award in the Mystery-Thriller category.
The historical dual-period thriller takes the reader on white-knuckled quest amid the dangers and travails of rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane. While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, Quartermane stumbles upon an ancient Latin word square embedded with a cryptographic time bomb. Obsessed with solving its coded message, she is drawn into a desperate race with an elusive Middle Eastern mastermind to find the last relic needed to resurrect Solomon’s Temple. Separated by half a millennium, two global conspiracies dovetail to expose the world’s most explosive secret: The real identity and mission of Christopher Columbus.
Winners will be announced the first week of April. More about the award can be found here.