Sepulchre - Kate Mosse I started this read in the audio version. The opening setting is in 19th-Century France, and the descriptions of architecture, in particular, of the Palais Garnier, were exquisite. A few weeks later, I saw photographs which a friend took of the same theater, and the majestic description does the building justice.

About a fifth of the way in, I switched to a printed version -- and granted, it was a thick book, but one could almost feel the heft of the plot therein. The time frames of the 19th- and 21st-Century, in which the twin storylines unfold, were quite narrow, but as they bridge across the ages, the book reveals its long-held secrets -- tragic and tormented, scalding and scandalous, but in equal and redemptive measure, atoning and triumphant.