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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review - The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge

From the first page you do know you are reading a mystery thriller, a crime case, a bit of romance thrown in and you are enthralled.

The story is unusual dealing with a "sect" a sort of a doomsday cult with the discovery of nine adult bodies in a semi circle and worse the murder of several children. This follows a large scale suicide several years ago of another group of people in Switzerland. The prosecutors for the case are Andre Schweigen and Dominic Carpentier - known universally as the Judge.

The story seems difficult to unravel particularly as the group's religion The Faith is virtually unknown other than to a very elite circle. The story covers cosmic beliefs going back thousands of years, a coded language known only to two people and A Book which is their Guide and Guru. Add to this mix haunting music, a composer and travels through Lubeck, southern France, London and Alpine villages and you have a fascinating book which is difficult to put down.

The book invites you to think as to what is going to happen next and as all of us or rather most of us want to know about the afterlife and our purpose in this life and where we are going next, this book appeals to anyone who wants to delve into philosophical and theological debate and also the seemingly inexplicable and confounding reasons why some people bond instantaneously.

A book I got from my Carnegie Library. Since its publication has only been in May 2010 this was a totally unexpected and very pleasant surprise.


  1. Hi, thanks for visiting PPP today and commenting on Farm Fatale. The answer to your question is yes, that is what summer reading is. I couldn't find a contact for you to answer by e mail which is my norm. Have a great day!

  2. The title sounds like something I would completely avoid, but you make the book sound good. I'll have to look into this one a bit more. Thanks for the review!

  3. That sounds very interesting! I read Duncker´s Miss Webster and Chérif this year and loved it, so I´m very curious about her other works! And thank you for stopping by my blog :)

  4. Gee I wish I had a little more time to read these days, but I am so completely busy! Sounds great though.

  5. I have heard of this book and wondered if it would be good. I will have to add it to my stack of TBR now after reading your review! Can't believe I passed up the chance to review it previously! Ahhh, them's the breaks!

    btw, thanks for the good wishes over our kittens! my son is so ecstatic - such a proud papa for a 14-year old boy! LOL!

  6. This looks like something up my street. I'd heard of the title before but haven't read many reviews of it. Sounds very interesting!