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Catacomb by Sarah Wisseman

May 1, 2016

Wings ePress Books:  Newton, KS 2016 (pb) Sarah Wisseman introduced readers to art conservator Flora Garibaldi in last year’s Burnt Sienna, in which the heroine, with the help of her lover/friend homicide detective Vittorio Bernini, brings down a ruthless antiquities…


The Shadow of the Evening by Laura Brylawski-Miller

March 1, 2016

Eloquent Books:  Durham, CT 2010 (PB) Laura Brylawski-Miller has penned an eloquent and sometimes disturbing novel that follows the entwined yet estranged relationship between two cousins—the pragmatic David Kelsey and the brilliant Alexander Woodford.  The narrative begins with two boys—the…


The Avalon Chanter by Lillian Stewart Carl

February 1, 2016

Five Star Publishing:  New York 2014 (HC) The mythos of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere live again in Lillian Stewart Carl’s eighth Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mystery, The Avalon Chanter.  This series has been a guilty pleasure for years, but this…


Lady in the Lake by Jason Foss

January 1, 2016

Severn House Publishers:  New York 1996 (HC) In the 1990s a British writer and archaeologist named Jason Foss penned a number of mysteries featuring Jeffrey Flint, an archaeologist/sleuth who teaches at the not-terribly-prestigious University of North Yorkshire, recently elevated from…


The Italian Letters by Linda Lambert

November 1, 2015

West Hills Press:  Atlanta, GA 2014 (PB) The Italian Letters continues the odyssey of anthropologist Justine Jenner, whose adventures in Egypt were recorded in the first entry in the “Justine Trilogy,” The Cairo Codex, reviewed here in the spring of…


Isolation by Mary Anna Evans

October 1, 2015

Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, Arizona 2015 (pb) After recent adventures revolving about such momentous events as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along the Gulf Coast, author Mary Anna Evans takes her heroine, archaeologist Faye Longchamp, back to…


Canyon Sacrifice by Scott Graham

June 1, 2015

Torrey House Press LLC:  Salt Lake City, UT 2014 (PB) Chuck Bender is a 40-something contract archaeologist who works out of Durango, Colorado.  After a lifetime of knocking around the great American Southwest as a confirmed bachelor, he has finally…


Burnt Siena by Sarah Wisseman

April 1, 2015

Five Star Publishing:  Farmington Hills, MI 2015 (pb) Sarah Wisseman has previously penned four mysteries featuring archaeologist Lisa Donohue.  In this, her latest effort, our heroine is Flora Garibaldi McDougal, a feisty Chicago-bred art historian with a master’s degree from…


Easy Go by Michael Crichton (John Lange)

March 1, 2015

Titan Publishing Group:  London 2013 (pb) Originally published in 1968 Before Michael Crichton found fame and fortune writing Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Sphere, among others (and the movie adaptations) and created the long-run television hit, “E.R.,” he wrote…


The Blood of Alexander by Tom Wilde

February 1, 2015

Forge Books:  New York City 2014 (HC) As a young archaeology student, he was imprisoned, beaten and tortured in a hellish Central American lock-up on a trumped-up drug running charge.  And then all of a sudden he was free and…