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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. J. McIntosh Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mesopotamian Trilogy Release Date:
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D.J. McIntosh’s The Witch of Babylon won an Arthur Ellis Award prior to its publication.

Turkish-American art dealer John Madison gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy involving a stolen artifact stretching from ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq. Aided by an archaeologist and a photojournalist, John navigates a tricky landscape filled with thieves, killers, and men with dark secrets, all while unearthing the startling history of alchemy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From Iraq, ancient history and alchemy combine to terrorize us in this stunning historical thriller. A terrific read.”

    Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author

  • “McIntosh combines stellar research with superb writing skills. This book is the first of a planned three featuring Madison and Mesopotamia. I can’t wait for the next two.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “A sinuous barnburner of a story, steeped in reams of fascinating Mesopotamian history and conjecture but not derailed by it. McIntosh has taken on the (largely American) arcane masters, and beaten them at their game. Good on her.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/14/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book, however, it ended up feeling heavy handed. There was a mix of bible references, mythology, alchemy along with a great deal of historical references. Unfortunately, they did not blend in a seamless manner, and occasionally I would find myself skipping ahead to keep the story moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/2/2014

    " I found the historical information really fascinating, but I disliked the main character and that affected my enjoyment of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 1/30/2014

    " This is a well researched book, and there are lots of facts that simply have me curious enough to want to investigate further to find out more, but the story itself doesn't move fast enough, and I never did come to care about any of the characters within the pages. I think this writer is capable of a far better book next time, but should cut way down on the descriptions to make the story flow faster. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ritch | 1/28/2014

    " Never quite captured my enthusiasm the way I thought it might. Second half of the book had much better pacing than the first half... but I never quite found a character that I could relate to... or that was overly interesting to me. "

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About the Author

D.J. McIntosh is the former coeditor of the Crime Writers of Canada’s newsletter, Fingerprints, and is a Toronto-based writer of novels and short mystery fiction. Her short story “The Hounds of Winter,” published in Blood on the Holly by Baskerville Books, was nominated for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. “A View to Die For” appeared in Bloody Words: The Anthology, also published by Baskerville Books. McIntosh graduated with a BA in English from the University of Toronto.