Ghostwalk

Ghostwalk

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In 2002, a Cambridge historian is found dead, floating down the river Cam, a glass prism in her hand, after researching a book about a series of suspicious circumstances surrounding Newton's appointment as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1667. That year, two Fellows died by falling down staircases, apparently drunk; another died in a field, apparently drunk; and a fourth was expelled, having gone mad–leaving vacancies for new appointments and paving the way for Newton’s extraordinary scientific discoveries. When Lydia Brooke, at the request of her ex-lover, the historian’s son, steps in to finish the book, strange shows of light begin to play on the walls, and papers disappear only to reappear elsewhere. And when events escalate to murder, and Lydia’s rekindled romance appears increasingly implicated in the danger, the present becomes entangled with the seventeenth century, with Isaac Newton at the center of the mystery.

Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, of seventeenth-century glassmaking, alchemy, the Great Plague, and Newton’s scientific innovations, Ghostwalk centers on a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered, involving Newton’s alchemy. A riveting literary thriller, Ghostwalk is a rare debut that will change the way most of us think about scientific innovation, our perception of time, and the force of history.

Baker & Taylor
When the death of a Cambridge historian leaves her opus on Sir Isaac Newton and his alchemy unfinished, Lydia Brooke is called in to finish the book and becomes embroiled in a mystery in which the present becomes entangled with a past based on Newton's life and an investigation into four suspicious deaths that took place in seventeenth-century Cambridge. A first novel. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780385521079
9780385521062
0385521065
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sto
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm

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Jul 17, 2012

No one has brought up the fact that the author herself has uncovered a real mystery concerning Isaac Newton's involvement in alchemy, the closely researched Trinity deaths & the elusive 17th century mathematician & fellow of King's College, Ezekiel Foxcroft. Her suspicions about Newton are fascinating & believable; her post-novel information on Newton including his list of his own sins, a well-written time line and very useful bibliography about Newton & other related subjects such as the Great Plague made me want to do some of my own sleuthing. I am a believer, Professor Stott!

hermlou Nov 29, 2011

Well-written book about a woman finishing a biography of Isaac Newton for the biographer who drowned suspiciously. Stott intertwines a present-day love story with an ancient mystery. Most of all I enjoyed reading about Newton and how driven he was to experiment with light and color, even as the plague was approaching Cambridge.

samdog123 Oct 31, 2011

The reviews were good for this book, which is a historical mystery loosely based on Isacc Newton including his alchemy and tenure at Cambridge University. The modern day is juxtaposed with the past quite well. An enjoyable read, if a little predictable.

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