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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.…


The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

July 1, 2015

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  New York 2015 (HC) The “ghost fields” of Elly Griffith’s seventh Ruth Galloway mysteries refers to the abandoned World War II airfields that dot the Norfolk countryside of northeast England.  It is one such field, located at…


The Orpheus Descent by Tom Harper

May 1, 2015

HarperCollins Publishers:  New York City 2014 (pb) British author Tom Harper has written an imaginative and erudite novel that explores the obsessive quests of two men separated by more than 2000 years. In alternating chapters the reader first joins the…


Artifact by Gigi Pandian

October 1, 2014

Henery Press: 2013 (pb) Gigi Pandian has written the practically perfect cozy mystery, in this, her first novel!  It’s always exhilarating to read a new author—and especially so when that initial effort is so satisfying. The reader is introduced to…


On the Third Day by Piers Paul Read

July 1, 2014

Random House: New York 1990 (HC) On the Third Day is a novel that explores the nuances of religious beliefs, political intrigue and human frailty. Set against the backdrop of the first Intifada (Palestinian protests against the Israeli government) of…


A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths

February 1, 2014

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers:  New York 2013 (HC) Elly Griffiths continues to excel as an accomplished mystery novelist in this, her fifth Ruth Galloway narrative.  Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway’s hectic after-work schedule is interrupted by a call from an old…


Tears of the Jaguar by A.J. Hartley

November 1, 2013

Thomas & Mercer Publishers:  Las Vegas, NV 2012 (pb) In this, A.J. Hartley’s third novel featuring Deborah Miller, erstwhile director of the Druid Hills Museum in Atlanta, the lanky and self-effacing heroine finds herself directing an archaeological dig in the…


The Shadow Collector by Kate Ellis

October 1, 2013

Piatkus: London, England 2013 (HC) Lilith Benley has been released from prison after serving eighteen years for the brutal murders of teenagers Gabby Soames and Joanne Trelisip and has returned, some say inexplicably, to her rural smallholding aptly named Devil’s…