Crimson Shore is #15 in the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It was published November 10, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing.
Pendergast and his ward Constance take on a mystery that on the surface seems to be about purloined wine, but ends up being about a much bigger mystery. They find a remnant of a skeleton that had been walled up in the wine cellar from a distant past. Who retrieved the skeleton and why? Who put it there in the first place? There is a mystery of the past as well as of the present. Exmouth, Massachusetts isn’t the sleepy, idyllic town it would appear to be on the surface. The city has a seriously twisted past.
Was this a good book? Basically yes. But, I did find something problematic with it for me. The first two-thirds of the book was a well-written mystery book with a nod to Poe. It progressed mostly swiftly and I read it eagerly. The mystery seems to be well wrapped up, then boom! There is a supernatural-ish plot tacked on for the last third of the book. The two parts of the story only seem loosely related. I still enjoyed the writing in the second part, but was dismayed as to what seemed to be added on for specific purposes rather than to further the plot of the book. I guess I would say it most likely furthers the plot of the series. I also didn’t really care for the cliffhanger ending. It almost feels like you are being manipulated into buying the next book to see what happens.
If you like books by these authors, you will most likely still enjoy this book. I wouldn’t pick this one to start reading the series though.
I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. It’s good writing, but it is flawed.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.