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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…


The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths

December 1, 2014

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company:  New York 2014 (HC) The sixth Ruth Galloway mystery takes the reader into the dark landscape of child abduction and the even more sinister world of the death of very young children.  Forensic archaeologist Ruth…


The Cairo Codex by Linda Lambert

May 1, 2014

West Hills Press: Atlanta, GA 2013 (pb) The “McGuffin” in Linda Lambert’s entertaining novel is a small ancient codex accidentally discovered by anthropologist Justine Jenner in the aftermath of an earthquake that nearly buries her in the crypt behind historic…


The Ancient Curse by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

April 1, 2014

Translated from the Italian by Christine Feddersen-Manfredi Pan Books: London 2010 (PB) Italian classical archaeologist/author Valerio Massimo Manfredi has penned an intense and swift-moving thriller that brings together those two time-tested staples of popular fiction:  archaeology and the supernatural. Fabrizio…


The Book of Killowen by Erin Hart

March 1, 2014

Scribner:  New York 2013 (HC) After a brief detour to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul to hunt down the killer of her sister, Nora Gavin has returned to her beloved Ireland and her even more beloved paramour, archaeologist Cormac…


The Inquisitor’s Key by Jefferson Bass

January 1, 2014

HarperCollins Publishers: New York 2013 (pb) In this, the seventh “Body Farm Novel,” written by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson (collectively known as Jefferson Bass), the authors have fashioned a mystery that takes the protagonist, Dr. Bill Brockton, far…