Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower by M. S. Spencer


In both the best and worst first day at work ever, docent Claire Wilding meets the man of her dreams, but her carefully rehearsed guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial falls apart when she discovers a dead body. Together with Detective Ernest Angle, she's drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons, of secret cabals and hidden treasure. Also cloaked in mystery is her new love Gideon Bliss. A George Washington expert, he haunts the Memorial, his manner evasive. What is his secret? Claire fears she'll fall in love with him only to learn he's a thief or even a murderer.

Juggling eccentric mothers and an increasingly smitten Ernest, our heroine must find answers in a complex web of intrigue, including which black ops agent to trust, whether our first president strayed, and if she and Gideon will ever be together.


I was a bit worried that Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower would be too similar to Ms. Spencer’s other Old Town Alexandria murder mystery, but she has managed to give us fresh characters and a whole new perspective on this quaint, history-laden neighborhood across the Potomac from Washington, DC, and makes me wish again that I had spent more time there when I lived in The District in the mid-nineties.

What a way to start a new job, finding a dead body while giving one’s first tour of a local landmark.  And what a cast of characters—a cop with a crush on Claire, a hunky Senator with something to hide, renegade Italian Masons with possible mob ties, and a possible scandal around President George Washington?  Needless to say, this book was difficult to put down.  And even better, Ms. Spencer is a “clean” writer—no head-hops or comma splices here.  Not to mention the fact that she keeps me guessing right up to the very end, a difficult feat, indeed.  For a wonderful romp through our nation’s history and a wonderful area just across the river from DC, I highly recommend Mason’s Mark: Love and Death in the Tower.

Length:  255 Pages
Print:  $$13.99
Digital:  $5.99

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