The Beads of Lapis Lazuli
A housewife with an active interest in Minoan civilization travels to Greece, where she discovers clandestine societies, a treasure trove, and a secret beyond her wildest dreams in this somewhat predictable adventure novel. After acquiring some beads of lapis lazuli in Crete, Kathryn Marshall's connection to the culture intensifies—particularly her relationship to the legendary story of Theseus and Ariadne. But when she decides to return to Greece, her husband, used to steering the marriage, resists. Undeterred, Kathryn goes without him, in the company of psychic treasure hunter Jake Deupree—a man with whom she shares a mysterious connection. Marcotte clearly possesses significant knowledge of Minoan civilization and demonstrates a fluent understanding of the ancient culture. However, her command of characterization is a bit weaker; most of the characters—and plot points—are drawn from other sources and the book offers little conflict or tension. Still, Marcotte's writing is clear and the imagery strong. Readers interested in Minoan and Greek history may be willing to overlook the shortcomings for the significant historical data.