About The Master’s Book:
Sean moves to Brussels to a house that is a crime scene…
In 1482 Mary, the last Duchess of Burgundy, lies on her deathbed in a castle in Flanders. She is only 25. In her final moments she makes a wish that, 500 years later, will threaten the lives of a boy and a girl living in Brussels.
The Master’s Book is the story of Sean, an Irish teenager, just arrived in Brussels to a house that is also a crime scene. Together with Stephanie, his classmate, he finds an illuminated manuscript, only for it to be stolen almost at once.
Where did this manuscript come from? Who was it originally made for? Is there a connection with the beautiful tomb Sean has seen in Bruges? Above all, why does someone want this book so badly that they are prepared to kill for it?
Part thriller and part paper-chase, this book is aimed at boys and girls of twelve and over.
Author bio Philip Coleman has worked as a biologist for most of his life—in Ireland, Belgium and now in Switzerland. Having been an avid reader all his life, he took up writing only in 2006. This is his first published novel. He drew his inspiration for the story from the period he spent working for the EU in Brussels. He has a grown-up son and daughter (who were roughly the same ages as Sean and Maeve during the time in Brussels but otherwise aren’t a bit like them at all!). He now lives in France.
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I truly enjoyed The Master’s Book. I love a good mystery and who hasn’t had the desire to solve a crime themselves? The main character, Sean is likeable, admirable and ever so relatable. His schoolboy crush on classmate and fellow sleuth, Stephanie, drives many of his actions. The set-up itself is intriguing: Sean and his family, including one of my favorite characters, pesky, yet bright, younger sister Maeve have moved into a new home in Brussels. And not just any new home, its previous owner was murdered (fodder for local gossip that leaves dwellers to gawk at the homes’ new inhabitants). Sean’s mam isn’t too happy about it and neither is Sean until he meets Stephanie at his new school. He’s immediately taken by her and she by the knowledge of the history of his home. They connect over said history and together find a secret room within the basement. Sean’s interested but not nearly as much as Stephanie and it’s her probing that gets this mysterious door opened. Behind that door lies another and in that small room lies a safe. Of course, they’ve thought about notifying their parents but Stephanie would rather wait and due to Sean’s infatuation with her, agrees. That is until, the two face real danger and have no choice but to present their parents with their findings. Master’s keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat, and makes you root for it’s brave, though sometimes stubborn protagonists. It’s truly an enjoyable and thrilling read.
I give The Master’s Book 4.5/5 stars!