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The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

December 1, 2018

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  New York City 2018 (HC) Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds herself on quite holiday in the beautiful and bucolic hill country of central Italy an hour or so south of Rome—an earthquake, the murder of a beloved…


Return of the Swallows by Aileen G. Baron

November 1, 2018

By Aileen G. Baron Pemberly Press:  Austin, TX 2018 (HC) For twenty years, Aileen G. Baron taught classes in archaeology and anthropology at the California State University-Fullerton after earning her Ph.D. well into her adulthood.  Her career took her to…


The Indian Mummy Mystery (for young readers) by Troy Nesbit

October 1, 2018

Taylor Trade Publishing:  Lanham, Maryland First published in 1954 2013 (PB) When I was a lad of about ten or eleven years of age, I would occasionally take a break from reading my favorite series books—Hardy Boys and Rick Brant,…


The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith

September 1, 2018

St. Martin’s Press:  New York City 1995 (HC) Wilbur Smith is a South African author whose prolific career has covered more than fifty years and whose works of high adventure and historical fiction (numbering around forty) follow in the literary…


Testament by David Gibbins

May 1, 2018

St. Martin’s Press:  New York January, 2018 (pb) A little over ten years ago I reviewed Crusader Gold, the second volume of the Jack Howard archaeology series.  I found the book to be very entertaining—a guilty pleasure, I labeled it. …


The Mermaid’s Scream by Kate Ellis

March 1, 2018

Piatkus Publishing:  London 2017 (HC) Kate Ellis returns with her 21st “Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery,” and her story-telling skills remain flawless.  What makes this remarkable is that in every volume of the series, she seamlessly binds an episode from past…


The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

February 1, 2018

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  New York 2017 (HC) Elly Griffiths’ ninth Ruth Galloway mystery is among the very best of this splendid series that chronicles the adventures of the British forensic archaeologist living and working in the East Anglia county of…


The Baljuna Covenant by Tim Pelkey

November 1, 2017

SDP Publishing:  East Bridgewater, MA 2016 (PB) In his first novel, author Tim Pelkey spins a tale that spans more than eight centuries of history of one of the earth’s most remote regions, that presents a convincing narrative of the…


The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters, Joan Hess

September 1, 2017

HarperCollins Publishers: New York 2017 (HC) In 2013 mystery novel readers and Egyptologists around the globe mourned the passing of Barbara Mertz, who under the pen name of Elizabeth Peters, wrote some of the most cherished stories of the late…