Morning all. Today I’m super excited to bring you a review of Oracle by Julie Anderson, the second book in the Cassandra Fortune series. This is a brilliant thriller full of action, mystery and intrigue with a wonderful tenacious and strong female protagonist…..
Author: Julie Anderson
Series/Standalone: Second book in a series. Could be read as a standalone
Estimated word count: 286
Formats available: Paperback and eBook.
Publisher: Claret Press (5 May 2021)
Blood calls for blood.
Near the ancient Temple of Apollo, environmentalists protest outside an international conference. Inside, business lobbyists mingle with politicians, seeking profit and influence. Then the charismatic leader of the protest goes missing.
The next day a body is discovered, placed like an offering to the gods. One day later a broken corpse is found at the foot of the cliffs from which blasphemers were once tossed to their deaths.
As a storm closes in and strange lights are seen on the mountain, the conference centre is cut off. Is a killer stalking its corridors? Or are primal forces reaching out from the past? Like the cryptic Oracle of Delphi, Cassandra Fortune must supply the answers before the conference is over. And before more die.
Justice will be done, but what kind of justice?
Cassie has been sent off to Greece on behalf of the Prime Minister to present at an international conference, and to persuade the Ministers to come to the UK. Determined to accomplish her mission, Cassie will do whatever it takes….. However, what she doesn’t expect is to get mixed up in the middle of a murder investigation!
With her interpreter Helena, by her side and the Chief of Security, Yannis on the team, they set out to discover what happened. But when another body is found, things get more complicated. Will they be able to find the killer before the conference ends? And will Cassie make it out in one piece?
I absolutely loved being back with Cassie, having read book one, Plague. Cassie is such a strong, tenacious and determined woman, and even though she is still suffering from the things that happened in the last book, she is set on completing her mission and doing a brilliant job. At times she can be quite cold in this, but that comes from her suffering again. There are a few things I definitely think she could do differently in this!
The mystery of the murders is fantastic. It kept me turning the pages and I literally had no clue who the killer was! Especially when someone else turns up dead. There are plenty of twists in this too that will keep you on your toes.
The setting is brilliant. Set up a mountain in Delphi, the location is remote and surrounded by lots of ancient history. The book covers bits of ancient history (gods, temples etc) and also more modern history, with references to the 1970s uprisings. I definitely learnt a lot from this, and as a history student, these aspects make it even more enjoyable for me. In the afterword, Anderson also tells us which bits actually happened to her on her trip to an international conference, with some bits being true (not the murders obviously!).
The plot is complex, intriguing and thrilling. I read this in under 24 hours just because I didn’t want to put it down! There is still a threat to Cassie from book 1 and Anderson keeps us on tenterhooks throughout the book, wondering whether anything will happen…..the suspense is fantastic. The ending is brilliant, and leaves us an opening to book 3, where I’m sure we’re going to learn more about Cassie and what’s happened in her past (which I’m dying to know!)
So if you’re looking for a fantastic thriller with a brilliant protagonist, full of mystery, intrigue and action where you’ll learn a touch of history and politics, then this is for you. Highly recommended by me!
You can also check out my review of Plague, book 1 here.
about the author
Julie Anderson was a Senior Civil Servant in Westminster and Whitehall for many years, including at the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, the Inland Revenue and Treasury Solicitors. Earlier publications include historical adventure novels and short stories. She is Chair of Trustees of Clapham Writers, organisers of the Clapham Book Festival, and curates events across London. Find her at https://www.jandmanderson.com
Thank you to Julie and Claret Press for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
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Have a fabulous day everyone