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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…


Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones

June 1, 2017

Random House, Inc.:  New York 1998 (PB) Between 1921 and 1937 a series of excavations were carried out at a site at Zhoukoudian, China, near Beijing (then known as Peking).  Fossil remains estimated to date from 500,000 years before the…


The Count of the Sahara by Wayne Turmel

April 1, 2017

The Book Folks:  London 2015 (PB) First-time novelist Wayne Turmel has written an imaginative and beguiling novel of historical fiction.  He takes the reader on an evocative journey back to the Roaring Twenties—a time when Howard Carter’s discovery of King…


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…