The Museum of Mysteries (Cotton Malone, #13.5)
Cassiopeia Vitt takes center stage in this exciting novella from New York Times bestsellers M.J. Rose and Steve Berry. In the French mountain village of Eze, Cassiopeia visits an old friend who owns and operates the fabled Museum of Mysteries, a secretive place of the odd and arcane. When a robbery occurs at the museum, Cassiopeia gives chase to the thief and is plunged into a firestorm. Through a mix of modern day intrigue and ancient alchemy, Cassiopeia is propelled back and forth through time, the inexplicable journeys leading her into a hotly contested French presidential election. Both candidates harbor secrets they would prefer to keep quiet, but an ancient potion could make that impossible. With intrigue that begins in southern France and ends in a chase across the streets of Paris, this magical, fast-paced, hold-your-breath thriller is all you’ve come to expect from M.J. Rose and Steve Berry.

The Museum of Mysteries (Cotton Malone, #13.5) Details

TitleThe Museum of Mysteries (Cotton Malone, #13.5)
Author
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherEvil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Action

The Museum of Mysteries (Cotton Malone, #13.5) Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    There are few authors I could read every day without tiring (I say this never having tried, haha!), but Steve Berry would have to be one. His mix of mystery and little-known historical events blend together to make sensational stories. He has a well-established Cotton Malone series, which has permitted one of its supporting characters—Cassiopeia Vitt—branch out onto her own on one previous occasion. Berry has teamed-up with M.J. Rose, an author I have not read, to create this wonderful novella w There are few authors I could read every day without tiring (I say this never having tried, haha!), but Steve Berry would have to be one. His mix of mystery and little-known historical events blend together to make sensational stories. He has a well-established Cotton Malone series, which has permitted one of its supporting characters—Cassiopeia Vitt—branch out onto her own on one previous occasion. Berry has teamed-up with M.J. Rose, an author I have not read, to create this wonderful novella with Vitt in the driver’s seat. Visiting a friend in the French village of Eze, Cassiopeia Vitt finds herself chasing someone who has just stolen a costly item from a museum. This is not just any box, but a Sabbat Box, filled with elixirs and potions and used in mediaeval times. Apparently brought to auction six months before, the Box contains items that trace back to the fifth century and could be called an ancient ‘pharmacy in a box’. Vitt catches the apparent thief and slides one of the vials into her pocket, curious about what its powers might be. Soon, Vitt is attacked herself and the Box stolen once again. Confronting the original thief, Vitt learns the true power of the Box, having inhaled some of the fumes from her own vial. This takes her back in time, into the body and mind of one Morgan le Fay. During this state, Vitt (le Fay) encounters a man she has been waiting for and with whom she has a romantic connection. Does this hallucination speak to the present course of events? If so, who is this man, if not Cotton Malone (who is on his way to America)? Baffled but adamant that she will retrieve the Sabbat Box, Vitt follows clues she obtains while conversing with a Paris detective. With a French presidential election under a week away, the Sabbat Box could play a larger role that that of the ballot variety in swaying the results. The trouble is, no one is entirely sure how! A brilliant teaser for those waiting for Berry’s next Cotton Malone novel as well as the many fans Rose has of her own work. Recommended specifically for Berry fans who like what Vitt brings to stories (for I cannot speak of anything Rose has penned).As I mentioned above, I have long been a fan of Steve Berry’s work and leapt at the chance to read this piece while I await the next Cotton Malone novel. Berry and Rose have created an interesting tale that pulls on both the present time and distant ages past. Cassiopeia Vitt, who has long been a secondary character, plays the protagonist in this piece. Her backstory is fleshed out a little more, with discussion of her childhood and upbringing. The authors also put her grit and determination front and centre, allowing the reader to better understand this woman who has often been called the ‘billionaire building a castle’ and more recently Cotton Malone’s love interest. The handful of other characters help to offer a stronger story, both in modern France and medieval Europe, though there is surely a sinister revelation that awaits the patient and attentive reader, revealed through intense dialogue presented within the narrative. The story straddles both time periods and uses alchemy to bind them. Without offering up too much of the story (and thereby spoiling it), there is a definite pulse to the story that requires the reader to understand what is going on during both time periods, which can then be bound together by the closing pages of the novella. Berry and Rose Bering their experiences together in this piece, adding some of their characters to the novella and creating a handful of others. While sorcery and magic is not my cup of tea, this piece did pique my interest and I may have to see what M.J. Rose is all about. Additionally, I am curious to see if Berry adds mention of it in his upcoming Malone novel. A great way to spend a short time reading and perfect for a beach afternoon!Kudos, Mr. Berry and Madam Rose, for this piece that is both unique and on par with much that I have read in Berry’s series. I hope you work together again, as this was a wonderful collaborative effort. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I've been on a roll recently reading books by M.J. Rose. She co-authored this novella with Steve Berry who I'm not familiar with tho. It was a quick read ~ only 165 pages ~ and interesting. The protagonist, Cassiopeia, travels from present to past (repeatedly) via a vial of 'henbane' found in an ancient Sabbat Box. How handy would it be to have one of those at your fingertips?If I keep reading about the occult, I will soon be schooled in (at least some) of the terminology of their craft. I wasn' I've been on a roll recently reading books by M.J. Rose. She co-authored this novella with Steve Berry who I'm not familiar with tho. It was a quick read ~ only 165 pages ~ and interesting. The protagonist, Cassiopeia, travels from present to past (repeatedly) via a vial of 'henbane' found in an ancient Sabbat Box. How handy would it be to have one of those at your fingertips?If I keep reading about the occult, I will soon be schooled in (at least some) of the terminology of their craft. I wasn't familiar with a Sabbat Box before I started reading but it makes perfect sense that a herbalist, healer, sorcerer ~ whatever label you choose ~ would have a place to keep their plants and potions together, especially when they needed to be mobile. As demonstrated when it's stolen in the novella, in the wrong hands or using the contents without having been properly educated, it can be a dangerous weapon. I am more and more fascinated by the properties of plants and all this reading is really feeding/fueling that interest! I think the modern era we live in has gotten us away from the knowledge of how powerful ingredients found in nature can be. This was quick paced, as necessary due to its short nature, and the flashbacks to the Medieval Ages were the best part for me. I almost wish we could have spent more time there. The subject of ancient artifacts always piques my interest ~ then add the irresistible lure of seeing/touching something that's existed for centuries and I'm all in. Too bad 'The Museum of Mysteries' is a fictional place. Who knows, maybe there is one secreted away somewhere by another equally compelling name??
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at https://wildandwonderfulreads.comActual Rating: 3.5 starsI am a huge fan of Steve Berry! I was excited to see Cassiopeia Vitt, a secondary character in his Cotton Malone books, got a story of her own. With that being said, I wish THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES was a full length novel rather than a novella.Perhaps it’s best that you know, generally, I am not a fan of novellas. They always leave me wanting, simply because they are so short and, thus, lack the pages for a solid arc. This bo Full review at https://wildandwonderfulreads.comActual Rating: 3.5 starsI am a huge fan of Steve Berry! I was excited to see Cassiopeia Vitt, a secondary character in his Cotton Malone books, got a story of her own. With that being said, I wish THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES was a full length novel rather than a novella.Perhaps it’s best that you know, generally, I am not a fan of novellas. They always leave me wanting, simply because they are so short and, thus, lack the pages for a solid arc. This book was no exception.The premise of THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is interesting and enchanting. It’s an intriguing mystery with touches of history. Readers get action from page 1 — what begins as a theft of a unique artifact leads to thrilling exploits and political betrayal. This novella has a lot to offer but still had plot holes. As I previously mentioned, I was left feeling that this would have made a better full length novel. Certain elements just needed more explanation, and the story felt rushed at times.Can I just say, though, that as a fan of mysteries AND romance, I liked the unexpected steaminess!The star of THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is definitely the main character, Cassiopeia Vitt. I was no stranger to this character, having gotten to know her in Berry’s other books, and I am excited to see her in the spotlight. She is bold, determined, and fiercely intelligent. She has a lot of compassion, too, which you get to see in this novella. I am very much looking forward to more of her adventures in this series.Overall, THE MUSEUM OF MYSTERIES is a good, fast read, that I would recommend to fans of Dan Brown. I’d also recommend that you check out Cassiopeia in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. Trust me when I say that she is a fabulous character who you should get to know better.*I was provided a free copy for review in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lucile
    January 1, 1970
    I finished "The Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure" by Steve Berry and M. J. Rose last night. Of course, it was a great read. If you want to know what it is about, think of all the things you enjoy most in a Steve Berry book--they are in there. What themes do you expect to find in a book by M. J. Rose? They are there too!The past meets the present as Cassiopeia investigates an ancient Sabbat box which involves history, literature, herbology, reincarnation, politics, mythology vs tr I finished "The Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure" by Steve Berry and M. J. Rose last night. Of course, it was a great read. If you want to know what it is about, think of all the things you enjoy most in a Steve Berry book--they are in there. What themes do you expect to find in a book by M. J. Rose? They are there too!The past meets the present as Cassiopeia investigates an ancient Sabbat box which involves history, literature, herbology, reincarnation, politics, mythology vs truth, sibling rivalry, and more. The only key character that does not make an appearance is Cotton Malone. That is alright, since he knows Cassiopeia can handle it, and this is her story. You owe it to yourself to read "The Museum of Mysteries". You will be glad you did.
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  • Puja Mohan
    January 1, 1970
    I asked and received a copy of this book from the author/Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Inkslinger PR, for providing the ARC.Let me start by saying I have never read anything by either of these authors or anything from the series. But this can be read as a stand-alone or as part of a series of its own. It’s a novella and a good place to start reading the authors’ work.The characters are wonderfully created, and the story slips effortlessly back and forth between the a I asked and received a copy of this book from the author/Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Inkslinger PR, for providing the ARC.Let me start by saying I have never read anything by either of these authors or anything from the series. But this can be read as a stand-alone or as part of a series of its own. It’s a novella and a good place to start reading the authors’ work.The characters are wonderfully created, and the story slips effortlessly back and forth between the ancient past and present day. The protagonist is satisfactorily fleshed out that it has intrigued me to read the other stories in the original series.The dialogues are very revealing of what lies at the core of the story and also the smarts of the writers.If you like magic and sorcery, you’ll find yourself lapping the story in no time. And if you want to dip your toes in this genre, this is an excellent place to start.My rating is four starts.
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  • Brenda Westervelt
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was more a short story. I think Mr Berry should expand on this; I for one would read it.
  • Caro Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly, it's settled. I want the Museum of Mysterys to be real. Surely there has to be something like this in the world? And I want to go there!I love a book with alchemy, magic and mystery and oh god, I was hooked. I can't even tell you how much, each chapter was spurring me on, the alteration from past to present was just everything. I needed more!The writers note. The shout out to history. To Kings. To maybe Kings. To scorned women. To Legend. This novella was just A+.
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  • Christie72
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolutely fascinating novella M.J. Rose and Steve Berry have created!Cassiopeia has traveled to the village of Eze to visit her dear family friend, Nicodeme, as she usually does when she isn’t traveling. She wasn’t expecting someone coming in and stealing an ancient artifact, giving chase, and then being pulled into an entirely different time period. It’s amazing how the writers combine magic, legend, lore, time travel, and a modern day contested French presidential election. You might What an absolutely fascinating novella M.J. Rose and Steve Berry have created!Cassiopeia has traveled to the village of Eze to visit her dear family friend, Nicodeme, as she usually does when she isn’t traveling. She wasn’t expecting someone coming in and stealing an ancient artifact, giving chase, and then being pulled into an entirely different time period. It’s amazing how the writers combine magic, legend, lore, time travel, and a modern day contested French presidential election. You might think all this would be just too much in a book, especially a novella, but not in these two talented writers’ hands. They had me hooked from the very first pages. I was completely intrigued by the references to Morgan Le Fay and Authurian legend. My favorite part of the book actually was the writer’s note. It gave a background of so many elements of the book and tied the story together quite nicely. It also made me add the French village of Eze to my bucket list of places to travel!
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  • Carlos Mock
    January 1, 1970
    The Museum of Mysteries by Steve Berry and M. J. RoseCassiopeia Vitt is visiting her friend Nicodeme L'Etoile in the small Mediterranean Frech city of Eze, part of the French Riviera.A thief has stolen a valuable box that contains precious essences that can incite real past experiences. Soon Cassiopeia is immersed into an adventure that involves the ensuing French Presidential election and tales of King Arthur and Morgan de Fey.Narrated from Cassiopeia's first-person point of view, the novella - The Museum of Mysteries by Steve Berry and M. J. RoseCassiopeia Vitt is visiting her friend Nicodeme L'Etoile in the small Mediterranean Frech city of Eze, part of the French Riviera.A thief has stolen a valuable box that contains precious essences that can incite real past experiences. Soon Cassiopeia is immersed into an adventure that involves the ensuing French Presidential election and tales of King Arthur and Morgan de Fey.Narrated from Cassiopeia's first-person point of view, the novella -- which reads in a couple of hours -- is not Berry's best. The plot was too simple, I never identified with any of the characters. References to Cotton Malone abound but were more a distraction than an addition to the plot. Not Mr. Berry's best effort. I must admit that I have not read any of M. J. Rose's work, but, in my opinion, she did not add anything to Mr. Berry's work.
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  • Gin
    January 1, 1970
    What an entertaining, exhilarating and thrilling story by these two wonderful authors. Superb writing propels this marvelous story of mystery, suspense, danger and my favorite; a lesson in history. Stories involving alchemy and arcane are another favorite so this read hits all the marks for me. I love that Cassiopeia is the star of this story rather than a sidekick for Cotton Malone. She's a terrific character. Strong heroines are a great find among all the alpha heroes. Cassiopeia has a nose fo What an entertaining, exhilarating and thrilling story by these two wonderful authors. Superb writing propels this marvelous story of mystery, suspense, danger and my favorite; a lesson in history. Stories involving alchemy and arcane are another favorite so this read hits all the marks for me. I love that Cassiopeia is the star of this story rather than a sidekick for Cotton Malone. She's a terrific character. Strong heroines are a great find among all the alpha heroes. Cassiopeia has a nose for trouble and this time Cotton is miles away but she's got this. She goes on a mystical journey of the nose that leads to the past, themes of reincarnation and a sexy romance. Will her dream revelations solves the mystery of the Sabbat Box? I want more of Cassiopeia! 4.5 stars
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  • Konny
    January 1, 1970
    The Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia de Vitt Adventure by M.J. Rose and Steve Berry. " Cassiopeia Vitt takes center stage in this exciting novella fromIn the French mountain village of Eze, Cassiopeia visits an old friend who owns and operates the fabled Museum of Mysteries, a secretive place of the odd and arcane. " the authors. I started reading and was immediatedly captivated. The story is great and I read the book in one sitting - I had to know what happens next.The Museum of Mysteries took The Museum of Mysteries: A Cassiopeia de Vitt Adventure by M.J. Rose and Steve Berry. " Cassiopeia Vitt takes center stage in this exciting novella fromIn the French mountain village of Eze, Cassiopeia visits an old friend who owns and operates the fabled Museum of Mysteries, a secretive place of the odd and arcane. " the authors. I started reading and was immediatedly captivated. The story is great and I read the book in one sitting - I had to know what happens next.The Museum of Mysteries took me on a journey from the past to present and back. When you love mystery, alchemy and magic coupled with seroius hot scenes, this is your read.I was greatly entertained with this novella and give 4,5 magic stars.
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  • Richard West
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing. Steve Berry fans will have to have it and a great many will be raving about how imaginative it is and what a wonderful novella he helped pen and so on. That's their opinion. I would much rather have seen a compilation featuring the Cotton Malone ebooks and novella as opposed to this one which seems to be more his co-author, M. J. Rose, and not a whole lot of Steve Berry. Unless you're a die-hard fan, or someone who is really into the legend of King Arthur, save your money.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first to read from either author. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book and if I'm being honest, I did not feel it read as a complete standalone to start off with. It takes place in France and that may have added to some of the difficulty for me. I felt a little lost trying to get into the story and figuring out what was going on. Overall, I ended up enjoying this book and found it quite interesting. It actually left me wanting to read more about the different ancient pot This was my first to read from either author. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book and if I'm being honest, I did not feel it read as a complete standalone to start off with. It takes place in France and that may have added to some of the difficulty for me. I felt a little lost trying to get into the story and figuring out what was going on. Overall, I ended up enjoying this book and found it quite interesting. It actually left me wanting to read more about the different ancient potions.
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  • Melissa Parnell
    January 1, 1970
    How so much could be packed into a tiny novella is beyond me, but this completely works. This story is full of history, magic, suspense, legend, and on the edge of your seat action. This was the first book I have read by these authors, but I will definitely be reading more. I absolutely loved this story and the world created by these authors. It is one that sucked me in and made me feel a part of the story. I can't wait to read more from this series!
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  • Wayne Inkster
    January 1, 1970
    A quick but captivating novella. Steve Berry has the ability to capture my attention and always thrill me with his written works. Even though this work only has a cameo appearance of his major protagonist, Cotton Malone, the writer captivates us while following another known character, Cassopeia Vitt.
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    A look into the pastCassiopeia is a very independent woman who occasionally pursues solutions for unusual activities. In this novella, she was visiting an old friend when another person came into the shop and stole a Saabatt box containing vials of potions. The recovery of this box involved a past life memory induced by inhaling the fumes of one of those vials.
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  • Sandy Adams
    January 1, 1970
    I never miss a Steve Berry story but while interesting...this was not at all what I expected. It did have some of the action of the books featuring Cotton but this was more - here I am searching for the right word as witchcraft isn't quite it. I loved the Museum of Mysteries idea...it would be terrific if it were real!
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  • dennis barron
    January 1, 1970
    The Museum of Mysteries. Steve BerryCassiopeia Vitter, an immensely wealthy woman. An archeologist and more importantly an adventurous women. Absolutely no fear, more then capable of handling herself. This is a short tale with an Arthurian theme, magic potions. An extremely entertaining read!
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Can I just say I don't care for collaborations. Especially, when it comes to my favorite authors. Steve Berry should stick to going it on his own. Fortunately, this novella was only 102 pages long, otherwise I would have probably put it down. My least favorite of all his works.
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  • Elizabeth Mcnair
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Steve Berry and Cotton Malone books, however this one missed the mark. Maybe because is was so short-they did not really have time to develop the story line. It was good to see a female as the main focus of the book.
  • Rick Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced (short because only a novella), but very entertaining. Loved that Cassiopeia starred in her own adventure, and would love to see her in her own full length novel. Can't wait for the next Cotton Malone book.
  • Nancy Finley
    January 1, 1970
    Different sort of mysteryIt is a different sort of mystery. I am not into the super-natural stuff but really like Ms. Vitt. I guess most people would approve. It does have a mystery.
  • A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The Museum of Myteries is a great, quick read. Historical fiction is blended well with intrigue, making this a book you won't want to put down. Can't wait to read more Cassiopeia Vitt adventures!Reviewed by: Mary M.
  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure if I would like Steve Berry writing with another author, but It was not bad at all!
  • diane wight
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read. Loved the way past books of M J Rose were referenced,
  • David Devine
    January 1, 1970
    Not too bad for a joint effort. It may have been a bit more enjoyable if I had known the characters that M.J. Rose brought in from her novels.
  • Reverly Kerner
    January 1, 1970
    The Museum of MysteriesGood story A lot of interesting historical knowledge. I enjoy stories where u learn about history. A fast fun read
  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Does not disappointMy only complaint is it is just a novella. So short! Two of my favorite authors. I sincerely hope we get to see more collaboration between them!
  • Don
    January 1, 1970
    Love the Cotton Malone book series and those with Cassiopeia Vitt in them, but this novella was not interesting.
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Fun! Would like to see this become a regular series.
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