The Bequest: A Dark Academia Thriller


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6.48 X 9.16 X 1.46 inches | 1.66 pounds

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About the Author

Joanna Margaret is an art historian whose previous writing and scholarly work has focused on Florentine aristocrats in sixteenth-century France. She holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews and an MFA from NYU, where Joyce Carol Oates served as her thesis advisor. The Bequest is her first novel.


Interlocking mysteries lie at the heart of Joanna Margaret's richly atmospheric and irresistibly readable debut novel, the harrowing saga of a young American woman historian who finds herself embroiled in a Machiavellian plot reaching back to 16th century Italy. Whether evoking present-day Scotland in a windswept region overlooking the North Sea, or Renaissance Genoa in a time of vertiginous political plotting, The Bequest is filled with unexpected turns and revelations for the reader as well as the historian-heroine.--Joyce Carol Oates
Intricately plotted, exquisitely written, and brimming with atmosphere, The Bequest is a brilliant debut, as smart as it is compelling.--Tasha Alexander
A first rate mystery by a first time author. Intriguing plot and well drawn characters.--Martin Cruz Smith
There are two attractions here: the present-day academic whodunnit and the olden puzzle revealed in Renaissance letters; viewers of the Netflix series 'The Chair' will eat this up, as will readers of Philippa Gregory and Robert J. Lloyd.-- "First Clues"
Readers will eagerly await Margaret's next.-- "Publishers Weekly" (8/9/2022 12:00:00 AM)
This one will appeal to lovers of Dan Brown and Elizabeth Kostova and other mysteries of old documents and historical figures.-- "Kirkus" (9/14/2022 12:00:00 AM)