THE LOST YEARS
Clark has always had a way of grabbing the most interesting bits of the story and jamming it all together for the reader, then slowly unfolding the backstory until readers realize they’ve always known whodunit. Her clever sleight-of-hand tricks include a blooming romance, slyly interwoven secondary storylines and just enough history to keep boredom at bay. She’s done another fine job with The Lost Years, and her legions of fans will count this one among her best work to date.
When biblical scholar Dr. Jonathan Lyons tells colleagues he believes he’s found a parchment letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ, he may have signed his own death warrant. Or that could have happened when he broke off his years-long affair to care for his wife, who is now suffering from Alzheimer’s. Or when said wife discovered the affair. When his daughter, Mariah, discovers his body at home and her mother hiding in a closet with the murder weapon, she’s not sure what to think. Mariah believes the key to his death lies in the parchment he was trying to authenticate and begins her own investigation. She soon finds herself at the center of a scandal that could shake the foundations of theological academia and place her squarely in the crosshairs of a killer. (SIMON AND SCHUSTER, Apr., 304 pp., $26.99)