The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
A thrilling murder mystery set in the backdrop of a church – the description is most apt for this book. The period is 1327. It revolves around the story of two travelers whose destination is at a Benedictine Monastery. The travelers are tense and so is the monastery. The reason for the tension is an unpleasant episode which has renders everyone connected with the monastery speechless. The two travelers, William and Adso have been summoned to investigate the death of Adelmo. The deceased was a genius with art and used to create beautiful masterpieces which were related to religion. A series of arguments and further unexpected deaths occur which shake the whole institution. Now, the whole pressure comes on Williams to solve the mystery as the future and the reputation of the church is at stake. Williams is barred from entering the library and he decides to trespass the prohibited area. One thing leads to another and William discovers a trail of unknown, ugly secrets which will sensationalize the whole Christianity. William is horrified by the shocking discovery. An impending struggle of right versus wrong, truth versus lies follows. The culmination point is best left to the imagination as the element of mystery should be maintained.