Advance reader reviews of The Book of Illumination by Mary Ann Winkowski.

The Book of Illumination

A Novel from the Ghost Files

By Mary Ann Winkowski

The Book of Illumination
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2009,
    320 pages.

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  • Dianne S. (Shelton, connecticut)


    A Wonderful Surprise of a Read!
    As it says on the back of the cover “the criminal underworld collides with the spiritual otherworld” describes this book perfectly! And for once what you read on the back cover and the blurbs is exactly what you get. Anza O’Malley is a ghost whisperer who can help those who need to go over to the “other side”. Her friends all believe in what she can do and so she is called to help out when ghosts take a liking to making life miserable for Sylvia Cremaldi who is working on re-binding this important document. But soon this Illumination gets stolen and things take a turn for the worse.

    This was a surprisingly enjoyable read for me. I wasn’t sure about reading yet another novel about ghosts and the people that talk to them, but this book wasn’t just another paranormal read for me. This book was many things; it was a mystery book, a wonderful story about friendship and family and a knowledgeable glimpse into the inner workings of rare book acquisitions and to those that maintain the books.

    The story and characters are wonderfully written and came alive for me. I actually wished that I had family and friends like the ones here! The mystery had enough red herrings that it made it difficult to figure out who really stole the manuscript and the writing made me think that perhaps I should rethink the existence of ghosts living among us.

    A very fine start to what looks to be a new series. I can’t wait for another.
  • Rita L. (Green Bay, WI)


    Not really my kind of story.
    I am not a big mystery fan, but I was intrigued with the mention of ghosts in the synopsis of this novel, because I like a story that’s a bit different. However, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more interaction with the protagonist and the ghosts. It was a good light mystery involving the disappearance of a priceless manuscript, with a subplot about a missing deed, but if it hadn’t been for my promise to review the book, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. If you like a light mystery, you will probably find this book is one you may want to add to your “want to read” list, but if, like me, you look for something a little edgier or with a twist, you may want to pass this one up.
  • Loren B. (Appleton, WI)


    Light weight
    I would say that this novel read like a typical "cozy" but that would be giving a well-written "cozy" a bad name.

    When I read the synopsis I thought this would be an interesting mix of historical mystery/ghost story. It wasn't. The plot was drawn out with way too much of the main character's "in her mind" romance with her ex-boyfriend and not enough concentration on what could have been a fascinating story.
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