BLOG TOUR [review & excerpt]: The Museum of Mysteries (Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure #1) by Steve Berry & M.J. Rose

Posted July 22, 2018 by wildandw in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Excerpt / 0 Comments

BLOG TOUR [review & excerpt]:  The Museum of Mysteries (Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure #1) by Steve Berry & M.J. RoseThe Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure by Steve Berry, M.J. Rose
Published by Evil Eye Concepts Incorporated on July 17, 2018
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 165
Format: eBook, ARC
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In the French mountain village of Eze, Cassiopeia visits an old friend who owns and operates the fabled Museum of Mysteries, a secretive place of the odd and arcane. When a robbery occurs at the museum, Cassiopeia gives chase to the thief and is plunged into a firestorm.

Through a mix of modern day intrigue and ancient alchemy, Cassiopeia is propelled back and forth through time, the inexplicable journeys leading her into a hotly contested French presidential election. Both candidates harbor secrets they would prefer to keep quiet, but an ancient potion could make that impossible. With intrigue that begins in southern France and ends in a chase across the streets of Paris, this magical, fast-paced, hold-your-breath thriller is all you’ve come to expect from M.J. Rose and Steve Berry.

 

Cassiopeia Vitt takes center stage in this exciting novella from New York Times bestsellers M.J. Rose and Steve Berry. THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is now available! Check out the tour below, and pick up your copy of THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES today!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Steve Berry! I was excited to see Cassiopeia Vitt, a secondary character in his Cotton Malone books, got a story of her own. With that being said, I wish THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES was a full length novel rather than a novella.

Perhaps it’s best that you know, generally, I am not a fan of novellas. They always leave me wanting, simply because they are so short and, thus, lack the pages for a solid arc. This book was no exception.

The premise of THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is interesting and enchanting. It’s an intriguing mystery with touches of history. Readers get action from page 1 — what begins as a theft of a unique artifact leads to thrilling exploits and political betrayal. This novella has a lot to offer but still had plot holes. As I previously mentioned, I was left feeling that this would have made a better full length novel. Certain elements just needed more explanation, and the story felt rushed at times.

Can I just say, though, that as a fan of mysteries AND romance, I liked the unexpected steaminess!

The star of THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is definitely the main character, Cassiopeia Vitt. I was no stranger to this character, having gotten to know her in Berry’s other books, and I am excited to see her in the spotlight. She is bold, determined, and fiercely intelligent. She has a lot of compassion, too, which you get to see in this novella. I am very much looking forward to more of her adventures in this series.

Overall, THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is a good, fast read, that I would recommend to fans of Dan Brown. I’d also recommend that you check out Cassiopeia in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. Trust me when I say that she is a fabulous character who you should get to know better.

 

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EXCERPT:

Movement to the left caught my attention.
A form sprang from the trees and shoved me to the ground, the weight of a body forcing my face into the wet dirt. I decided to kick and roll, taking my attacker with me, and caught a quick glimpse of the face.
Hildick-Smith.
Interesting he’d not used his gun. Instead, he’d opted for hand-to-hand. No nerve? Or something else? An underestimation? Maybe. But enough playtime. I thrust my legs upward and recoiled his body off me, his head ending up on my belly. I shoved him off to the muddy ground, but not before driving a quick jab of my left fist into his windpipe. I sprang to my feet as he gasped, trying to find air to breathe. But I’d been careful. The force had been just enough to get his attention, but not enough to kill him.
I spat the mud from my mouth and asked, “Was all this necessary?”
He pushed himself up into a sitting position, his breathing still stabilizing. “I must…have…that box.”
Which was nowhere to be seen. “Where is it?”
He motioned and I saw the knapsack propped near the trunk of a tree. “Over there.”
My best option for learning what was going on seemed to be conciliatory. He was tall, gangly, maybe mid-thirties, with a thick black mat of hair, wet and not combed in any particular direction. Clearly he wasn’t all that good at stealing, fleeing, or fighting. Nothing about him seemed even remotely dangerous. I stood and retrieved the knapsack, laying it on the ground beside him. Trees overhead shielded us from the majority of the rain.
“That box doesn’t belong to you.”
“Yes, it does.”
“Not according to my friend, Nicodème.”
“I tried to buy it from him. It belongs to my family. Your friend, Nicodème, bought it a few years ago in Paris at an auction house once half owned by my family. The box should have never been placed for sale. Someone did that hoping I wouldn’t notice. But I did. It’s how I knew your friend owned it.”
“And who would do that?”
“That’s what I am trying to find out.”

 

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Steve Berry & MJ Rose’s THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

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July 27th

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About Steve Berry:

STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fourteen Cotton Malone novels and four stand-alones. He has 23 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

 

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About M. J. Rose

New York Times bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at http://www.mjrose.com/blog/

Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com

Rose lives in Connecticut with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield.

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