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Burials by Mary Anna Evans

March 1, 2017

Poisoned Pen Press:  Scottsdale, AZ 2017 (PB) Dr. Sophia Townsend was a brilliant archaeologist, but one who was reputed to be a foul-tempered loner who often made working for her a living hell.  In 1987 her one-woman cultural resources firm…


The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

February 1, 2017

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  New York City 2016 (HC) The bucolic town of Walsingham in Norfolk has been a place of pilgrimage throughout England’s Christian era and perhaps stretching back into its pagan past.  Cathbad, the neo-Druid who is house- and…


A Carol for the Dead by Patrick Dunne

December 1, 2016

Tivoli Publishing:  Dublin, Ireland 2005 (PB) Patrick Dunne has penned an absorbing, intellectually satisfying mystery steeped in Irish lore, history and archaeology.  The setting is mid-December in the area immediately adjacent to Newgrange, the Neolithic monument dating from c. 3200…


Switcheroo by Aaron Elkins

November 1, 2016

Thomas & Mercer Publishers:  Seattle, WA 2016 (PB) In 1982 author Aaron Elkins, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin anthropology program, introduced his creation Gideon Oliver, the “Skeleton Detective,” to lovers of mystery fiction in his Fellowship of Fear. …


Death Among the Fossils by Isadore Durant

September 1, 2016

University of New Mexico Press:  Albuquerque, NM 1999 (HC) Bob Shafer was a celebrated paleoanthropologist, noted for his excavation of early hominids in East Africa, and published in all the prestigious journals of his field.  He was also arrogant, unscrupulous,…


The Death Season by Kate Ellis

July 1, 2016

Piatkus Publishers:  London 2015 (PB) Kate Ellis continues her unbroken string of complex and fascinating studies of the nature of evil—in both contemporary and past times—featuring the criminal investigation of Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson and the archaeological investigations of his…


Sunken Dreams by Steven Kuehn

April 1, 2016

Five Star Publishing:  New York 2016 (pb) Academic politics can be murder!  Or at least many college and university faculty have probably metaphorically come to that conclusion!  But in the life of Jacob Caine, associate professor of archaeology at “Wisconsin…


The Lifers’ Club by Francis Pryor

December 1, 2015

Unbound:  London 2014 (PB) Francis Pryor is a British archaeologist who has participated in the popular BBC television series Time Team and has written several non-fiction bestsellers, including Britain BC, Britain AD and Britain in the Middle Ages.  He has…


Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth

September 1, 2015

W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.:  New York 2010 (pb) Land of Marvels is a gracefully written novel set in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) in 1914.  English archaeologist John Somerville is embarking on his third season of a major excavation at…


The Shroud Maker by Kate Ellis

August 1, 2015

Piatkus Publishers:  London 2014 (HC) In this, the eighteenth Wesley Peterson mystery novel, author Kate Ellis continues her mastery of spinning tales of contemporary murder and mayhem that are intricately and integrally entwined with sins committed in the distant past.…