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Skullduggery [Paperback]

Silvia Foti
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Book Description

July 2002
Supernatural reporter Alexandria Vilkas launches a feature on Crystal Skull, but is skeptical of its metaphysical powers---until the Chicago mayor dies in her arms. Now the prime suspect in the mayor's murder, Alex needs to clear her name, fast. Along the way she begins to suspect her own mother, discovers a cigarette-selling scam that's making some city aldermen rich, stumbles into some bad shenanigans in a tortilla factory, and gets attacked by a lovelorn astrologer. Meanwhile a knock-out brawl among the town's fifty aldermen erupts in downtown City Hall and Alex desperately wonders if she'll be alive for the next mayoral election. Can she unearth the connection between the Crystal Skull and the murder before it's too late?

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New Age philosophies and murder mix when the first Mexican mayor of Chicago dies of poisoning at a New Year's Eve party and a supernatural crystal skull goes missing. Police accuse occult phenomena reporter Alexandria Vilkas who was dancing with the mayor at the time of both murder and theft. Her editor, however, tells her to find the murderer and write up her investigation. Chief suspects include uppity aldermen, a treacherous billionaire, and several cuckolded husbands. A highly appealing, up-front heroine and a novel look at Chicago politics make this an attractive first mystery.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Crystal skulls really do exist. The myths surrounding them say there's a powerful energy connected with them. The most famous ancient crystal skull is called the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull, disocvered in Belize in 1924. I based my crystal skull "character" in Skullduggery on the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull. It's considered the king of crystal skulls, and some believe it's a 12,000 year-old survivor of Atlantis holding knowledge yet untapped about the origins of humankind and the world. Their appearance in our age is a tangible sign that a Golden Age is approaching our world. Their message is, "Persevere. It is possible, and it is possible in this Time space."

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I just finished reading Skullduggery and, I must say, I'm not a huge reader of this genre, but this book had me hooked from page one! The author did a super job of pulling so many compelling subjects into one suspenseful story. I don't know how she did it so smoothly and credibly, but if you like new age mysticism, politics, humor, and dialogue and situations that mimic the real human experience, you'll really enjoy this book. I saw a lot of myself in the main character, which really enhanced my ability to connect with her and her dilemma. The author did a fine job of drawing this character--and the others in the story--so completely that I really felt like I knew them. And, as a result, I stayed heavily invested in where they were going, how, and the outcome of the many sub-plots woven throughout. The plot, itself, took me through so many twists and turns, I couldn't wait to come home from work to read more (or stay up late, or get up early, etc). That's truly the mark of a good book in my opinion. And while I like to fashion myself as somebody adept at figuring things out, the ending really surprised me. All in all, I really recommend Skullduggery (even if you're not a big mystery book reader) and hope that it's just the first in a series about this protagonist. Kudos to the writer! I'm hooked!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever Oct. 27 2003
By rockyj
Format:Paperback
Why this book was published I will never know. The writing was terrible. I tried very hard to "get into" this book as it was a selection from my book club. I couldn't even finish it. The first few chapters were written so poorly that it soured the rest of the book. I think she stared out trying to write in a sort of noir style. It failed. Then the next few chapters switched styles and there was no cohesion between the way the character was first presented and the way she acted throughout the rest of the book (well, what I forced myself to read).
Awful.
The fact that this woman teaches at 2 local colleges in Chicago frightens me. This book is proposed to be the first in a series. Ugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, entertaining and satisfying Dec 29 2002
Format:Paperback
Loved this mystery. It's one of those stories that you get involved with and don't want to end. This book was entertaining because it has a very solid, fast-paced plot and the lead character is someone who not only is believable but is someone you really want to succeed. Also, the concept of the crystal skull is fresh -- I didn't know about them at all until I read this book. Overall I would strongly recommend this book to mystery readers, but I would also recommend it to those who prefer other genres because I am certain they would feel satisfied by the end of the book. I hope there will be other books by this author because she's got a good style and an entertaining way of telling a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read Sept. 26 2002
Format:Paperback
I just finished Skullduggery and I'm impressed by the way the author managed to pull so many disparate threads together, balancing personalities, themes and plot with ease. I especially liked the bits of humor- I laughed out loud a lot :)
I look forward to the next installment with this protagonist. I like her sense of humor and her searching, inquiring spiritual side- a nice mix that moves the plot forward while deepening her character's motivation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysticism, murder, mayhem and more make this a great read! Nov. 19 2002
By Jill Sherer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading Skullduggery and, I must say, I'm not a huge reader of this genre, but this book had me hooked from page one! The author did a super job of pulling so many compelling subjects into one suspenseful story. I don't know how she did it so smoothly and credibly, but if you like new age mysticism, politics, humor, and dialogue and situations that mimic the real human experience, you'll really enjoy this book. I saw a lot of myself in the main character, which really enhanced my ability to connect with her and her dilemma. The author did a fine job of drawing this character--and the others in the story--so completely that I really felt like I knew them. And, as a result, I stayed heavily invested in where they were going, how, and the outcome of the many sub-plots woven throughout. The plot, itself, took me through so many twists and turns, I couldn't wait to come home from work to read more (or stay up late, or get up early, etc). That's truly the mark of a good book in my opinion. And while I like to fashion myself as somebody adept at figuring things out, the ending really surprised me. All in all, I really recommend Skullduggery (even if you're not a big mystery book reader) and hope that it's just the first in a series about this protagonist. Kudos to the writer! I'm hooked!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, entertaining and satisfying Dec 29 2002
By Chris Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Loved this mystery. It's one of those stories that you get involved with and don't want to end. This book was entertaining because it has a very solid, fast-paced plot and the lead character is someone who not only is believable but is someone you really want to succeed. Also, the concept of the crystal skull is fresh -- I didn't know about them at all until I read this book. Overall I would strongly recommend this book to mystery readers, but I would also recommend it to those who prefer other genres because I am certain they would feel satisfied by the end of the book. I hope there will be other books by this author because she's got a good style and an entertaining way of telling a story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read Sept. 26 2002
By Sarah Stockton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished Skullduggery and I'm impressed by the way the author managed to pull so many disparate threads together, balancing personalities, themes and plot with ease. I especially liked the bits of humor- I laughed out loud a lot :)
I look forward to the next installment with this protagonist. I like her sense of humor and her searching, inquiring spiritual side- a nice mix that moves the plot forward while deepening her character's motivation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Skullduggery March 29 2007
By R. Cain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the perfect mix of suspense and action. I couldn't figure out who "did it" up until the very end. I definitely recommend this book to any murder mystery enthusiast.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever Oct. 27 2003
By rockyj - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Why this book was published I will never know. The writing was terrible. I tried very hard to "get into" this book as it was a selection from my book club. I couldn't even finish it. The first few chapters were written so poorly that it soured the rest of the book. I think she stared out trying to write in a sort of noir style. It failed. Then the next few chapters switched styles and there was no cohesion between the way the character was first presented and the way she acted throughout the rest of the book (well, what I forced myself to read).
Awful.
The fact that this woman teaches at 2 local colleges in Chicago frightens me. This book is proposed to be the first in a series. Ugh.
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