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The Hidden Bones by Nicola Ford

October 1, 2019

Allison & Busby Limited: London 2018 (PB) First-time author Nicola Ford has crafted a captivating mystery that puts the techniques and processes of archaeology at the very center of the novel’s plot.  This sets her apart from many other such…


The Antiquities Hunter by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

September 1, 2019

Pegasus Books Ltd:  New York City 2018 (HC) This, the first novel featuring witty, feisty and self-effacing San Francisco P.I. Gina Miyoko, is an absolute delight.   Before attaining her license as a private eye, Gina had earned a degree in…


The Way, the Truth and the Dead by Francis Pryor

August 1, 2019

Unbound Publishing:  London 2017 (HC) In this, his second mystery novel (after 2014’s The Lifers’ Club, Francis Pryor re-introduces the reader to his itinerant contract archaeologist protagonist, Alan Cadbury.  The action returns to Cadbury’s beloved Fen Country in eastern England,…


The Lucifer Ego by T.M. Doran

July 1, 2019

TMDoranBooks:  Self-published 2018 (pb) In mid-2012 I reviewed a book entitled Toward the Gleam that chronicled the adventures of an Oxford professor of philology who, in the aftermath of World War I, happened upon an ancient manuscript which told the…


Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine

May 1, 2019

Atria Paperback:  New York 2018 (PB) Sarah Maine has penned an atmospheric and evocative novel that examines universal themes of love, greed, violence and courage from the vantage point of a headland called Ullaness on the west coast of Scotland…


The Mechanical Devil by Kate Ellis

April 1, 2019

Piatkus Publishing:  London 2018 (HC) For more than twenty years Kate Ellis has successfully piqued the interest of mystery readers with her Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery series.  In twenty two volumes, she has intertwined the investigations of contemporary crimes by…


A Baby’s Bones by Rebecca Alexander

February 1, 2019

Titan Press:  London 2018 (PB) The archaeological premise of Rebecca Alexander’s atmospheric thriller, A Baby’s Bones, is simple enough.  The owners of historically significant Bramble Cottage– which in the past had been part of the extensive Banstock Manor, dating back…


The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

December 1, 2018

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  New York City 2018 (HC) Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway finds herself on quite holiday in the beautiful and bucolic hill country of central Italy an hour or so south of Rome—an earthquake, the murder of a beloved…


Return of the Swallows by Aileen G. Baron

November 1, 2018

By Aileen G. Baron Pemberly Press:  Austin, TX 2018 (HC) For twenty years, Aileen G. Baron taught classes in archaeology and anthropology at the California State University-Fullerton after earning her Ph.D. well into her adulthood.  Her career took her to…


The Indian Mummy Mystery (for young readers) by Troy Nesbit

October 1, 2018

Taylor Trade Publishing:  Lanham, Maryland First published in 1954 2013 (PB) When I was a lad of about ten or eleven years of age, I would occasionally take a break from reading my favorite series books—Hardy Boys and Rick Brant,…