The Luminaries

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Intricate mystery woven into gold rush New Zealand

The Luminaries is a compelling mystery novel set in the backdrop of New Zealand's gold rush era. With an intricately woven plot, the author creates a fascinating web of characters whose stories are slowly revealed as the mysteries unfold. The novel's unique feature is its astrological structure, with each character being represented by a different planet or sign. Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction and absorbing mysteries.

The Luminaries

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ISBN: 9781847088765
Authors: Eleanor Catton
Publisher: Granta
Date of Publication: 2013-08-24
Format: Paperback
Goodreads rating: 3.74
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It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous cache of gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story, a gripping page-turner, and a thrilling novelistic achievement. It richly confirms that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international literary firmament.
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Intricate mystery woven into gold rush New Zealand

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