Only mathematician Caitlin O'Shaughnessy would consider a set of Napier's Bones (the forerunner of the slide rule) a terrific birthday present. That's what Caitlin's stepfather Magnus Armstrong, who's in Scotland attending a medieval literature conference, sends her. But included in the package is a strange old manuscript. When Magnus goes missing, Caitlin fears something is wrong and flies overseas.

A member of the Calixian Intelligence Services, Dominic Fortune is trying to recover a rare stolen manuscript that's part of Calix's cultural heritage. When the professor who originally turned up with the document is found dead and his friend Magnus Armstrong disappears, Dominic decides that sticking close to Caitlin is his best bet. Caitlin knows she is out of her depth, so she accepts Dominic's assistance. But why is everyone so interested in this manuscript that purportedly is about Merlin and immortality? Does it have anything to do with the Calixian genetic curse?

Take note of the name Catherine Mulvany--she is certain to become a genre star. Proving that last year's Run No More wasn't a fluke, Mulvany takes readers on another truly distinctive and hair-raising thrill ride. With plotlines that are innovative and characters that are compelling, paranormal romantic thrillers don't come better than this! (Sep., 355 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith