by Kathy Davie
Fifteenth in the Rogue Angel urban fantasy series revolving around Annja Creed, an archeologist and TV show host for Chasing History’s Monsters. And she wields an unrelenting sword.
Wow…the three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, and a treasure hunt mixed in with an illegal cloning lab in Paris. Annja joins in an amateur dig with Ascher, a hunky fencing instructor, in France to find the presentation sword given to D’Artagnan by Queen Anne which turns out to have a hidden treasure map. Unfortunately, a biopirate wants their find badly enough to kill.
Annja and Ascher combine their skills to track down the clues left by Dumas and his ghostwriter, Maquet, which leads them into the tunnels under Paris. And in the background, Roux takes advantage of a genetics lab interested in historical figures to learn something about Annja’s heritage.
I really enjoyed the literary inclusion…I’m tempted to re-read Dumas’ Three Musketeers as well as a biography on Dumas to find out how accurately Archer portrayed both. I also enjoyed the peek into French history, a much more personal take than most history classes!