The Tenth Chamber
A fire in an abbey in the Perigord region of France (modern Dordogne) reveals a strange medieval manuscript, and the two experts called in to unravel its mysteries discover that it leads them to a fantastic network of painted caves. However, when an international team of archaeologists moves in, their explorations trigger a series of unexplained deaths and disappearances. It becomes clear that someone is desperate to defend the secrets of the Tenth Chamber. The novel is set in the present day but we also follow plot strands through prehistory, the Middle Ages and the 19th century.
The story combines some familiar elements. In addition to the mysterious coded manuscript there are numerous monks, a dashing archaeologist, a covert Government department, some very bad people with a big secret and a nod to the Templars. However, the author’s academic background lends credibility and originality, and the elements are stylishly combined in a plot that works well to keep the reader turning the pages to unravel the whole of the mystery. An entertaining read.