Labyrinth

Labyrinth - Kate Mosse This gripping novel takes some of my favorite interests (archaeology, comparative religion, Arthurian legend, history, and ancient Egypt) and melds them together in an unexpected and effective fashion. The book alternates between modern times and the 13th C. (during Innocent III's crusade against the Cathars). A volunteer archaeologist finds a Cathar tomb that is sought by a rather nefarious group and puts herself in harm's way -- much another young woman did during the 13th C. The action takes place in southwestern France, and Mosse describes the scenery so vividly that it is as if one is present with the characters.The book is long, and it took a couple of chapters to really get moving ... but once it did, I did not want to put it down.