The Coral Thief

The Coral Thief

Large Print - 2010
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Paris, 1815. Napoleon has surrendered at Waterloo and is on his way to the island of St. Helena to begin his exile. Daniel Connor, a young medical student from Edinburgh, has just arrived in the city to study anatomy, only to realize that his letters of introduction and his gift of precious coral specimens - on which his tenure with the legendary Dr. Cuvier depends - have been stolen by the beautiful woman with whom he shared a stagecoach.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9781410422071
Branch Call Number: LP FIC STO
Characteristics: 461 p. ;,25 cm.


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Aug 28, 2012

A bit bland. Lots of telling, not showing.

Jan 10, 2010

In 1815 young Daniel Connor, a medical student, has just arrived in Paris to further his studies when he finds he has been robbed by a fellow stagecoach passenger -- a mysterious woman surprisingly well-versed in natural history. Now lacking the documents and specimens needed to secure his post, Daniel must solve the mystery of the woman and why she would want a book manuscript and bits of coral.

I found this story to be enjoyable but not exactly riveting. I'm a fan of natural history myself, so it was refreshing to read about it, not merely as part of a work of fiction, but with an enlightened and sympathetic viewpoint. I haven't yet decided whether to pursue Stott's first novel, Ghostwalk.

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