The Burning Chambers is Kate Mosse’s new historical novel, this time veering towards being more romance than thriller. Set in her trademark region of Languedoc, France, in the sixteenth century. It is a fraught and dangerous time: the Catholic Church strives to repress the Reform tradition of the Hugenots. Minou minds her father’s bookshop in Carcassonne. She receives a mysterious letter, and becomes caught up in a dangerous secret that her father has kept from her. She meets Piet, a converted Hugenot, and despite the obvious perils they form an attachment. Then she is sent to Toulouse for safety from the erupting violence of religious conflict, but it proves to be a choice fraught with even more risk. Mosse is a master of evocative description of this region. Her extensive research and well-formed characters and absorbing plot result in most enjoyable story.