My rating: 3 of 5 stars
1530’s New Mexico. A mysterious, luminous “lady in blue” has been appearing to the indigenous people, which prompts them to convert to Catholicism in record numbers.
Rome, early 2000’s. A clandestine group of priest/scientists works for the Vatican, trying to discover the secret of “bilocation”, i.e., the ability to be in two separate places at once. In Spain, an agnostic journalist finds a religious medal on the street, and suddenly becomes intensely interested in the Vatican project.
The Lady in Blue pulls these and other disparate threads (including angels) together into a semi-coherent mystery about who or what the title figure actually was. Not surprisingly, the deliberately deceptive machinations of the Church play a dominant role in the proceedings, and priests and nuns have as large a part to play as the laymen. The question of the identity of the lady is eventually answered, but the resolution is a pretty “airy-fairy” one that is just as far fetched as the theories concerning time travel, “chronovision”, and astral projection on demand, that abound among the protagonists. While the New Mexico “apparitions” are historically true, the book is implausible and should be read with that fact in mind.