Verdict: THE ROMANOV STONE weaves together fact and fiction from the annals of Russian history into this deftly executed mystery thriller.
In order to locate and claim a treasure that was bequeathed to Kate’s great-grandmother by Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas Romanov, Kate has to claim her fortune, whilst also restoring her family’s rightful place in history.
THE ROMANOV STONE, loosely based on actual events and characters, seamlessly weaves past and present together relating the story behind Kate’s family, how they came to be in possession of the stone, and why Kate’s mother ends up as a victim of a hit-and-run. The plot moves quickly in this mystery-turned-thriller as Kate finds herself fighting for survival in her effort to fulfill her promise to her dying mother.
Author Robert C. Yeager’s narrative is succinct and offers rich descriptions that cogently capture the atmosphere of the various settings from Kate’s Manhattan lifestyle, to her great-grandmother, Anya’s experiences visiting the Russian Tsar, to Kate’s movements through Moscow and Kiev’s Caves Monastery in search of the treasure. In addition to the unfolding mystery and rising suspense, Yeager’s characters are diverse and well developed, revealing the complicated relationship between Kate and her estranged mother that also fuels Kate’s quest; and mob-linked, Detective Lt. Vulcan Krasky’s determination and work ethic. The growing attraction between gem appraiser, Simon Blake and Kate provides some light moments to the story and some changes in narrative tone, for example when Kate projects numerous objects at Blake when she accidentally tosses out a bra from her handbag.
THE ROMANOV STONE weaves together fact and fiction from the annals of Russian history into this deftly executed mystery thriller.
Reviewed by Maya Poole for IndieReader