The Virgin of the Wind Rose

A Christopher Columbus Mystery-Thriller

A mysterious word square has eluded scholars for centuries. Now, its dark secret threatens to ignite a war in the Middle East…

While investigating the murder of an American missionary in Ethiopia, rookie State Department lawyer Jaqueline Quartermane stumbles upon an ancient Latin palindrome called the SATOR Square, which has been embedded with a cryptographic time bomb. Separated by half a millennium, two global conspiracies dovetail in this dual-period historical thriller to expose the world’s most explosive secret: The real identity and mission of Christopher Columbus.

 

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Awards

Scéal Mystery-Thriller Book Award Finalist
IndieBRAG Medallion

“AN IMPECCABLY RESEARCHED, HIGH-VELOCITY THRILLER….IF YOU LOVE STEVE BERRY, DAN BROWN OR UMBERTO ECO, YOU MAY HAVE A NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR IN GLEN CRANEY.”
Best Thrillers magazine

“AN EXCITING JOURNEY ACROSS TIME, WITH  MORE TWISTS AND TURNS THAN A STRAWBERRY TWIZZLER. THIS IS A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HISTORICAL THRILLER.”
Quarterdeck magazine

“GRIPS YOU IN ITS TEETH AND WHIRLS YOU THROUGH HISTORY. NATURALLY, THIS NOVEL WILL BE COMPARED TO THE BOOKS OF DAN BROWN, BUT THE QUALITY OF WRITING IN THE VIRGIN OF THE WIND ROSE HAS THE EDGE FOR ME.”
Rosie Amber Reviews

“FIVE STARS. MOVE OVER, DAN BROWN, YOU’VE GOT COMPETITION.”
Sweet Mystery Books

“A PAGE TURNER…AND A VERY WELL-WRITTEN NARRATIVE WHICH I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
David Hayes, Editor, Historic Naval Fiction

“A FANTASTIC AND ENTHRALLING PAGE-TURNER. WILL KEEP YOU GLUED TO YOUR COUCH…IT’S MOST CERTAINLY A TOUR-DE-FORCE.”
David Ben Efraim, QBR Reviews

“I JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO SEE WHAT THE HYPE WAS ABOUT. I’M VERY GLAD I DID. I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT TO FINISH THIS GREAT READ AND WAS LEFT WANTING MORE.”
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