THE ROSSETTI LETTER
Phillips' debut novel of suspense explores one woman's quest for the truth as she attempts to unearth a 17th-century courtesan's role in the 1618 Spanish Conspiracy. The author's richly detailed plot moves between present-day and 17th-century Venice, setting the stage for a complex web of intrigue enhanced by captivating characters.
As they join forces, Claire and Andrew try to find out if Alessandra merely exposed the conspiracy or was a co-conspirator. As the plot alternates between the 21st and 17th centuries, the life and loves of Alessandra are revealed, and the truth about her role in the conspiracy finally comes to light. (Pocket, Mar., 352 pp., $24.00)