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If You Liked The Da Vinci Code ...

 Posted - 06/14/2004 : 8:26:40 PM 

If you liked the religious conspiracy aspect of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci
Code, then you may like:

The Genesis Code, by John Case
You'll probably guess what's behind the murders of mothers and their
very young sons long before investigator Joe Lassiter does, but that
shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of this exciting and thoughtful new
thriller that mixes science and faith in with its action. Lassiter's own
sister and beloved nephew are among the victims, who were all patients
at an Italian fertility clinic run by a doctor with some unusual ideas
about DNA. Why this catches the attention of a dangerous religious
order, and whether Lassiter can save one surviving woman and child from
their wrath, should take up a good part of your night. (

Foucalt's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
Three Milan editors, who have spent much time rewriting crackpot
manuscripts on the occult, decide to have a little fun. Their plan
encompasses the secrets of the solar system, Satanic initiation
rites, and Brazilian voodoo. A terrific joke--until people begin to
disappear. (catalog summary)

Footprints of God, by Greg Iles
"My name is David Tennant, M.D. I'm professor of ethics at the
University of Virginia Medical School, and if you're watching this tape,
I'm dead." Tennant works for Project Trinity, a secret government
organization attempting to build a quantum-level supercomputer...hen
Tennant tries to shut the project down because of ethical
considerations, he is marked for death...Iles writes himself onto a high
wire that stretches over a dangerous fictional chasm as Tennant begins
to have narcoleptic seizures and see life through the eyes of Jesus
Christ...That this talented author makes it to the other side without
falling is testament to his ingenuity and intelligence... Readers
interested in the exploration of religious themes without the usual New
Age blather or window-dressed dogma will snap up this novel of
cutting-edge science. (Publishers Weekly)

If you liked the mystery of codes and historical manuscripts, then you
may like:

The Rule of Four, by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
An ivy league murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets
of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in THE RULE OF FOUR -- a
brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship,
high art and unimaginable treachery. (Inside flap)

If you like an historical aspect, and you really enjoy legal
maneuverings, you may like the medieval mystery series by Peter Tremayne
featuring Sister Fidelma:

The Spider's Wed: A Celtic Mystery
In seventh-century Ireland, Sister Fidelma must unravel the solution
to the murder of a rural chieftain, and finds herself surrounded by a
web of lies and corruption and placed in moral danger. (catalog

If you like political or legal thrillers in general, you may wish to

Absolute Power, by David Baldacci
Cold Case, by Linda Barnes
The First Counsel, by Brad Meltzer

For legal thrillers in general, look at books by:

John Grisham
Philip Margolin
Steve Martini
Richard North Patterson
Scott Turow

For mysteries with a legal theme, you may like:

Antonia Fraser
John Lescroart
Lia Matera
Perri O'Shaughnessy
Kate Wilhelm

If we can help you with these or any other books, please let us know!

Michele R. Brown


Posted - 07/20/2004 : 3:17:10 PM
These books are similar to the Da Vinci Code, but they have an action

The Confessor by Daniel Silva
Silva's "New York Times" bestseller--called "a shrewd, timely thriller
that opens the heart of the Vatican" by the "Chicago Tribune"--follows
Mossad agent Gabriel Allon to the Vatican as the new Pope vows to
uncover the truth about the church's response to the Holocaust.
(Catalog description)

Daughter of God by Lewis Perdue
The Vatican has lost its most closely held secret -- a secret whose
exposure could shatter the very foundations of Western religion, shift
world power and ignite religious violence the likes of which the world
has not seen for centuries. The secret? Irrefutable proof of a female
Messiah named Sophia. Born in the Holy Land in A.D. 310, Sophia was
known for performing healing miracles. Her divinity so threatened early
Christian dogma on the inferiority of women that she was executed while
still a girl by Church authorities. In the present, Zoe Ridgeway, an art
broker, visits Switzerland with her husband, Seth, where she expects to
purchase the estate of a German art collector. But before Zoe can
complete the transaction, she and Seth are drawn into a
thousand-year-old web of conspiracy, murder, and intrigue that begins
and ends with the mystery of Sophia -- and all the powerful forces who
seek to protect their patriarchies from a divinely feminine truth.
(Catalog description)

The Genesis Code by John Case
A doctor's confession to an Italian priest is so disturbing that the
priest refuses to absolve him, then closes his church and waits four
days for an audience with a cardinal in the Vatican. A few months later,
a woman and her young son are gruesomely murdered and their house set on
fire. The brother and main character, Joe Lassiter, is determined to
find out why. He's pleased that the man who did the killings is in
custody in the hospital, badly burned. Then the impossible happens: the
killer escapes. (Library Journal)

The Eighth Day by John Case
When part-time legal investigator and full-time artist Danny Cray gets a
chance to pick up some extra cash trying to trace the source of a smear
campaign against a mysterious European tycoon, he jumps at it eagerly.
But all is not as it seems in this taut, intricately plotted
thriller--except Danny, of course, who turns out to possess unexpected
resources of grit and brains. The action moves from Washington to Geneva
to that volatile area of Turkey where tribal politics, religion, and
corruption collide with explosive results. (

If you liked Where Serpent's Lie, you might like these books and

Hard Fall by Ridley Pearson
FBI Agent Cam Daggett took the bombing of Flight 1023 personally--his
parents and son were on board. For two years he's been after the man
responsible. But all he has to go on is a name, and the knowledge that
he must be stopped before striking again. (Catalog Summary)

The Analyst by John Katzenbach
On the brink of a month-long August vacation, Dr. Frederick Starks, a
New York psychoanalyst, receives a mysterious, threatening letter. The
unknown tormentor then lethally begins demonstrating the potential of
his (or her) threats. In a race against time, Dr. Starks suddenly finds
himself at the mercy of a psychopath's revenge. (Catalog Summary)

Lie to Me by David Martin
When a madman breaks into her Washington mansion, killing her husband,
beautiful Mary Gaetan tells the police nothing of the intruder, claiming
her husband killed himself--an odd response that spurs Detective Teddy
Camel to find out the truth. (Novelist)

I hope you like these. If you need other suggestions, please e-mail us

Happy Reading!

Kara Rockwell
Reference Librarian



Posted - 03/07/2005 : 4:51:02 PM
Thank you for requesting a book match! If you like the Da Vinci Code,
then you might like these titles:

Codex by Lev Grossman
Investment banker Edward Wozny is asked to search for a 14th century
manuscript that may or may not exist.

The Confessor by Daniel Silva
When Professor Benjamin Stern is murdered for his research on the
Vatican and the Holocaust, his old friend, Gabriel Allon, investigates.

Daughter of God by Lewis Perdue
Art Dealer Zoe Ridgeway and her husband Seth stumble across a document
that could forever change the course of Christianity.

The Book of Q by Jonathan Rabb
A strange scroll. A secret society. Ancient codes and ciphers. Father
Ian Pearse of the Vatican is the only one who can stop the conspiracy.

You might also want to visit our "Reading Room" at where you
can find many more book lists that may interest you.

I hope you enjoy these. If you need more suggestions, please e-mail us
again. Happy reading!

Kara Rockwell
Reference Librarian


Posted - 03/07/2005 : 4:51:39 PM
Thank you for requesting a book match. If you like the Da Vinci Code,
you might like these.

Ex-libris by Ross King
Isaac Inchbold, book shop proprietor in 1660s London, is asked to find a
rare book. As he searches for the missing volume, he gets pulled into a
world of murder and intrigue.

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
In 19th century Boston, a small group of well-known scholars translate
the works of Dante into English. Their work takes special meaning as a
serial killer stalks the streets, eliminating his victims using methods
found in Dante's Inferno.

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
As two Princeton roommates come closer and closer to solving the puzzles
behind the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a mysterious 15th century
manuscript, they realize their life may be in danger from someone who
will do anything to protect the secrets.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
It is the year 1327. Franciscans in an Italian abbey are suspected of
heresy, but Brother William of Baskerville's investigation is suddenly
overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. (Catalog summary).


Kara Rockwell
Reference Librarian


Posted - 08/03/2005 : 09:11:45 AM
Thank you for requesting a book match for the Da Vinci Code.  

Here are some titles in particular that you might like.

The Eight: A Novel by Katherine Neville
While on a business trip, computer expert Cat Velis is asked to search
for pieces from a chess set rumored to be once owned by Charlemagne.
What she doesn't know is that the chess set was separated for a reason:
its holds the key to ultimate power and must not fall into the wrong

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
As two Princeton roommates come closer and closer to solving the puzzles
behind the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a mysterious 15th century
manuscript, they realize their life may be in danger from someone who
will do anything to protect the secrets.

The Eighth Day by John Case
When private investigator Danny Cray is hired to find out who is
slandering a prominent businessman, he instead finds himself on the
wrong side of a conspiracy.

Daughter of God by Lewis Perdue
Art Dealer Zoe Ridgeway and her husband Seth stumble across a document
that could forever change the course of Christianity.

You may have already read it, but Angels and Demons by Dan Brown came
before The Da Vinci Code and features the same lead character, Robert

We have had several librarians recommend read-alikes of The Da Vinci
Code. You can read the responses at

I hope that these interest you. If you need further suggestions, or if
these are not a good fit, please e-mail us again.

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Kara Rockwell
Reference Librarian


Posted - 12/29/2005 : 5:07:35 PM

Some other titles you might enjoy are:

"The Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey
Josephine Tey re-creates one of history's most famous -- and vicious --
crimes in her classic bestselling novel. ... Inspector Alan Grant of
Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a
contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the
Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually
belong to one of the world's most heinous villains -- a venomous
hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown
secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by
the usurpers of England's throne? Grant determines to find out once and
for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar,
what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the
Little Princes in the Tower. The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously
plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme
achievement from one of mystery writing's most gifted masters.

"A Conspiracy of Paper" by David Liss
...David Liss has woven a tale of 18th-century finance, murder, and
religion that is a remarkable debut and a thoroughly satisfying
novel."--Arthur Golden, author of "Memoirs of a Geisha."

"My Name is Red" by Orhan Pamuk
In Istanbul, in the 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book,
but any work of art--an affront to Islam--is dangerous. "My Name is Red"
is a murder mystery played amidst the perils of religious repression.

I hope these suggestions will fulfill your wish to learn more about
different eras, while treating you to fast-paced plots filled with
action! Enjoy!

Mary M. Buck