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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,…


The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith

September 1, 2018

St. Martin’s Press:  New York City 1995 (HC) Wilbur Smith is a South African author whose prolific career has covered more than fifty years and whose works of high adventure and historical fiction (numbering around forty) follow in the literary…


Testament by David Gibbins

May 1, 2018

St. Martin’s Press:  New York January, 2018 (pb) A little over ten years ago I reviewed Crusader Gold, the second volume of the Jack Howard archaeology series.  I found the book to be very entertaining—a guilty pleasure, I labeled it. …


The Mermaid’s Scream by Kate Ellis

March 1, 2018

Piatkus Publishing:  London 2017 (HC) Kate Ellis returns with her 21st “Wesley Peterson Murder Mystery,” and her story-telling skills remain flawless.  What makes this remarkable is that in every volume of the series, she seamlessly binds an episode from past…