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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Cabinet of Curiosities

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are thirty-six bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again."


The Cabinet of Curiosities is the third installment in the Pendergast series and is book 0.5 in the Nora Kelly series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

It seems to be a reoccurring theme with series that all the books pull an Inception. You start with the normal historical/archaeological mystery set-up, but then it takes a turn for the more...magical. And I think that can be taken in the literal sense in this book cause there's something going on with Pendergast. Either he goes on acid trips or he has some kind of ability.

As this is also a prequel to the Nora Kelly series, I don't know how great of an introduction this is to her character. She has her priorities straight in this and I would say too straight. She is asked to help out with a murder investigation and all she cares about is her job. Which, you know, fair enough but people are dying here lady.

Still good enough to keep going.

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