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A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

August 1, 2018

Berkley:  New York 2018 (HC) The scene is London, 1888.  Victorian naturalist and adventuress Veronica Speedwell and her mysterious colleague Stoker (full name, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane) are busily curating the eclectic collection of art, artifacts, jewels, books, and natural history specimens…


The Scorpion’s Bite by Aileen G. Baron

July 1, 2018

Poisoned Pen Press:  Scottsdale AZ 210 (HC) It is 1943 and University of Chicago ABD archaeologist Lily Sampson, still suffering from the loss of her lover at the Battle of Al Alamein, is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic…


Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans

June 1, 2018

Poison Pen Press:  Scottsdale, AZ 2018 (PB) A serial killer stalks the streets of Memphis, Tennessee’s poorer neighborhoods.  Or at least that’s what contract archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth comes to believe as she is inexorably drawn into this nightmare as she…


Ararat by Christopher Golden

April 1, 2018

Headline Publishing Group:  London, UK (2017) (pb) Ararat is a great example of that popular staple of archaeology fiction:  the supernatural horror unearthed by unwitting excavators.  This sub-genre can be traced as far back as the mid-19th century.  Edgar Allen…


Mythos Christos by Edwin Herbert

January 1, 2018

Self-Published 2016 (pb) Mythos Christos is an intriguing and though-provoking thriller penned by first-time author Edwin Herbert.  The novel features three inter-related elements that, when linked together, create a unified whole:  First and foremost, it is a contemporary thriller pitting…


The Lazarus Bell by Patrick Dunne

August 1, 2017

Tivoli Publishing:  Dublin, Ireland 2006 (PB) Once again Patrick Dunne has devised a fiendishly clever mystery in this, his second novel featuring contract archaeologist, Illlaun Bowe.  As the story opens, Illaun and her crew are putting the final touches on…


The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson

July 1, 2017

Grand Central Publishing:  New York City 2016 (pb) First-time author Jacquelyn Benson has offered up an entertaining adventure yarn that is derivative of the Amelia Peabody novels, Indiana Jones movies (the author herself acknowledges a debt of gratitude to Indy!),…


Lord of the Dark Lake by Ron Faust

May 1, 2017

Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.: New York City 1996 (HC) Jay Chandler may be the luckiest man alive.  Trained as a Meso-American archaeologist, he has not only been invited to reconstruct the ruins of a temple dedicated to Poseidon on an…


The House of Eyes by Kate Ellis

January 1, 2017

Piatkus:  London 2016 (HC) Kate Ellis’s twentieth Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery follows the pattern she has established in the previous volumes:  A contemporary crime and its solution is inextricably tied to the past—and very often, the distant past.  While in…


Shell Game by Sarah R. Shaber

October 1, 2016

By Sarah R. Shaber St. Martin’s Press:  New York City 2007 (HC) History Professor Simon Shaw’s workaday world at Kenan College is shattered when his colleague Sophie Berelman and department chairman Walker Jones wait for him to complete his lecture…