I am on page 362 of the Brutal Telling. This story reminds me of a lite version of the Da Vinci Code and The Amber Room by Steve Berry. There are codes to be broken and interpreted. There is art, history, religion, literature - poetry and allegory intertwined in the story. For example, the story incorporates a statue of the artist Emily Carr and her monkey named woo. Emily left home because of some mysterious incident involving her father. Also, there is a reference to the Buddhist belief in the Wheel of Life, specifically the "Hungry Ghost". That's a concept of the state of man where the more he fills his life with food or money or power, the hungrier he is for more.
The murder weapon has been found, a motive for murder has been discerned, and an arrest has been made. Yet, at this point of the story there are unanswered questions, as the author says, a wide trail of "maybes" and "whys". How did the dead man end up with historical treasures that have not been reported stolen; such as a pane from the Amber Room. Why did Dr Gilbert turn up around the time when a murder takes place? Coincidence? I can't wait to read more.