The Lost Years

The Lost Years

Large Print - 2012
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"Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments--a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever. Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in. Within days Jonathan is found shot to death in his study. At the same time, his wife, Kathleen, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, is found hiding in the study closet, incoherent and clutching the murder weapon. Even in her dementia, Kathleen has known that her husband was carrying on a long-term affair. Did Kathleen kill her husband in a jealous rage, as the police contend? Or is his death tied to the larger question: Who has possession of the priceless parchment that has now gone missing? It is up to their daughter, twenty-eight-year-old Mariah, to clear her mother of murder charges and unravel the real mystery behind her father's death." --Dust cover flap.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410445902
Call Number: CLARK
Characteristics: 459 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Subjects: Biblical scholars -- Fiction.
Christian antiquities -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Suspense fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Religious fiction


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Jan 23, 2020

Another great book by Mary. It's a must read for those that like a little suspense and crime. Never a dull moment for these characters.

indyPL_LizS Mar 31, 2019

An easy to read, murder mystery story of a stolen religious and archeological treasure. Chapters are short, and the plot thickens with suspense, blackmail, and obession. The author, Mary Higgins Clark, does not disappoint her readers!

Mar 29, 2017

I enjoyed this book, but at the same time there was little details which would make me cringe. Otherwise, it is a great book, and I would recommend it to a friend. It is a mystery novel that keeps you guessing until the end, but I was a little dissatisfied with the ending, it felt a little too open for me.

Jan 12, 2016

I always enjoy her books. A good story and PG

Jan 29, 2014

I've read all Mary Higgins Clark books and they never disappoint!!

May 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this book.
I haven't read a Mary Higgins Clark book in a long, long while....this was a treat!

ggbookreader Apr 21, 2013

Review title: Found, Lost, then Found.
*Great fictional storyline. *Well-developed key characters. As you read and pay attention to the details you are sure to uncover the murderer. The sub-plot is as intriguing as the main plot, and should hold each reader's fascination. **Another suspense-thriller delivered by Mary Higgins Clark, enjoyed it on my weekend escape. :) :)

Jun 30, 2012

The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark. Somehow I got it in my mind that this was going to be one of those Dan Brownesque novels full of ancient Roman catacombs, flagellating monks from some remote sect in Jerusalem, and a quest for the true cross or the holy grail. But no, it wasn’t that kind of book at all. And I must say I was ltte disappointed that that’s not what it was. Instead it was a kind of detective novel, a sort of who done it. But after reading a few pages of the novel I was hooked. I am sure that it comes as no surprises. Immensely prolific and widely popular, Clark author of 42 books obviously knows what she is doing (and writing). I enjoy novels I “figure out”. Well in that respect, Lost Years was frustrating. Just when I think I’ve figured out who committed the crime, my conclusion is hopelessly dashed and I know for sure that I was very, very wrong. In Lost Years, the plot is all, the characters less so. No soul searching or introspection or what my eleventh grade English teacher used to call character development. Its not a long book. Best to reserve a block of time so you can read it from beginning to end in one session, otherwise it may become a little difficult to keep the characters straight (at least it was for me.)

KatSu Jun 23, 2012

Enjoyable and interesting read.

I haven't read any Clark for many years now so this seemed a bit tame to me. But still one of those where you think you have it all figured out only to find you haven't.

carol3275 Jun 21, 2012

Couldn't put this book down! Who killed her father? and then killed others as a result of the first? That is the classic question. I'm sure you'll eventually figure it out. But anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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kmyers0001 Jun 10, 2013

a true page tuner, it will keep you off guard and guessing til the end.


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