BHPL's own Reference Department Assistant, Linda, has suggested that the following book will interest fans of the DaVinci Code, The Serpent Garden by Judith Merkle Riley (c.1996)
Publishing books that have religion and mystery themes combined has become a whole subset of publishing lately, a new genre. This month's book display features books that will be enjoyed by fans of The DaVinci Code. Some "read-a-likes" are:
The Sixth Lamentation by William Broderick
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Genesis Code by John Case
Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton, reviewed in this blog in February
Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
Mary, Called Magdalen by Margaret George
Enigma by Robert Harris
These are just a few of the books on display and the Reference Department has a list of many more read-a-like titles.
If you click on each title above, the hyperlink will take you to a review of the book. There are many review sources on the internet, some more objective than others. I linked some titles to the publisher or author's website, some to book review blogs or journals, some to online bookstores to show the variety of opinions on the internet. Here is an interesting article from Rebecca Skloot of Critical Mass, the new book blog of the National Book Critics Circle. She refers to an article in the Boston Globe in which Scott Kirsner notes that, "Have you noticed how many no-name critics are suddenly serving up pithy opinions about movies, books, music, and video games on the Net?" He wonders if professional book critics may be replaced by bloggers and other amateurs. I think there is room for all of us, professional and amateur, because there is so much readily available information to sift through these days that we need all the help we can get.