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One Grave Less by Beverly Connor

July 1, 2011

Obsidian: New York, NY 2010 (pb) In this, the ninth entry in Beverly Connor’s “Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation” series, the reader is taken back to a story thread established in the very first volume: the disappearance/kidnapping of Diane’s adopted daughter…


Elisha’s Bones by Don Hoesel

May 1, 2011

Bethany House Publishers:  Bloomington, MN 2009 (PB) Don Hoesel’s first published novel is a workman-like effort that presents the reader with an interesting plotline, tw sympathetic protagonists, and plenty of fast-paced action.  What is perhaps most intriguing is that he…


Cibola by David Wood

April 1, 2010

Gryphonwood Press: Grayson, GA 2009 (pb) This is the second tale of adventure in the Dane Maddock series and it finds our hero up to his eyeballs in intrigue and danger right from the outset. Maddock is an ex-Navy SEAL…


Questionable Remains by Beverly Connor

October 1, 2008

Cumberland House Publishing: Nashville, TN 1997 (HC) In the late 1990s, Beverly Connor authored five volumes in the all-too-short-lived Lindsay Chamberlain mystery series. The series heroine was a charming young archaeologist/forensic anthropologist who taught at the University of Georgia and…


Search the Shadows by Barbara Michaels

January 1, 2008

HarperPaperbacks:  New York 1988 (pb) Barbara Michaels is one of the pen names of Barbara Mertz, author of dozens of mysteries, romance novels, supernatural tomes and a mixture of any two or all three—many of which have an archaeological theme. …


The Jackal’s Head by Elizabeth Peters

October 1, 2007

Avon Books: New York 2002 (PB); Original publication, 1968 Before there was Amelia Peabody, there was Althea Tomlinson; before there was Radcliffe Emerson, there was John McIntyre.  And before there was Crocodile on the Sandbank, published in 1975, there was The…


A Rumor of Bones by Beverly Connor

December 1, 2006

Cumberland House Publishing: Nashville, Tennessee 1996 (HC) Seven years before beginning her Diane Fallon Forensic Investigations series, Beverly Connor had her first Lindsay Chamberlain mystery published. This brief series (it was to include five novels in total) featured a young,…


The Mask of Atreus by A.J. Hartley

September 1, 2006

Berkley Books, New York April 2006 (pb) The Mask of Atreus is a debut thriller by author A.J. Hartley, and it demonstrates all the strengths and weaknesses of an initial effort.  The prose is crisp, the major characters engaging, and…


Stolen Souls by Jeffrey Sackett

February 1, 2006

Bantam Books, New York 1987 (pb) For the next few months I hope to review a few books that archaeology-based thrillers that have been gathering dust on my bookshelf for the last decade or two—books I read before beginning this…


Bound for Eternity by Sarah Wisseman

December 1, 2005

iUniverse Books, Lincoln, NE 2005 (pb) As I have stated before in these reviews, it is almost always a delight to discover a new author who has selected archaeology fiction as his or her genre of choice. This is certainly…