I have vivid memories of reading this on summer vacation a few years ago, basking in the sun and frantically turning pages to find out what would happen next. Before reading this book, I had never thought much of mystery novels. When a friend insisted I bring this along on my trip I reluctantly gave it a try. I returned from the trip begging for more recommendations. My bookshelf at home is now lined with Sherlock Holmes stories, and I owe my new-found love for the mystery genre entirely to The Club Dumas.
The novel follows Lucas Corso, a rare-book collector who is asked to verify the authenticity of Alexandre Dumas’ original copy of The Three Musketeers. What begins as a seemingly-straightforward task turns into a nightmare as the manuscript places Corso under the gaze of a devil-worshipping cult. Soon Corso is being followed by mysterious men and women who bear uncanny likenesses to the characters from The Three Musketeers. I was thrilled by the many nods to The Three Musketeers story and fans of Dumas will pick up tons of extra clues as the story progresses. The vivid descriptions of Paris, Madrid and the other locales visited by Corso makes this a perfect book for armchair travel and the tone of the novel just begs to be read in the warm sunshine. I highly recommend taking this book with you on your next vacation or trip to the beach, but be sure to get any sightseeing done ahead of time because once you start reading, you may find it hard to stop!