When Michelle receives a call from a Richmond historian, she sees the chance for a much-needed adventure. All she has to do is find a century-old key. Three others – a guitarist, an engineer, and a retiree – receive similar calls. Each family possesses a key to a four-lock safe found buried in a Virginia courthouse, though their connection is as mysterious as the safe itself. Their ancestors should not have interacted, had no apparent reason to bury the safe, and should not have disappeared thereafter.
Bearing their keys, Michelle and the other descendants converge in the courthouse basement and open the safe, revealing the truth about their ancestors - a truth stranger, more deadly, and potentially more world-changing than any of them could have imagined. Now it’s up to them to keep their discovery out of the wrong hands.
I have to give this author props. The amount of diversity within this story is incredibly encouraging. Not only do the characters come from many different backgrounds they all seem to have a well written back story.
The secret hidden in plain sight has always been a good way to get me to read a book. Ever since The Da Vinci Code, they’re my less than secret pleasure. I even enjoyed the National Treasure Movies. That being said this was another fun history mystery book. The kind you can pick up and breeze through in a couple of days. It is by no means the next great American Novel, but there are times when you want to read for fun and this is definitely one of those books.
Side Note and slightly Spoiler: I love that the characters didn’t seem to ignore the existence of a good Google search as so many history mysteries do, but in this day and age finding a powdery white substance in a government building would scream “ANTHRAX” to anyone