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Enigma Variations by Richard and Sally Price

September 1, 2020

Harvard University Press:  Cambridge, MA 1995 (HC) In 1995, cultural anthropologists Richard and Sally Price, well-established scholars at the College of William and Mary, wrote a slim volume (155 pages) that was part anthropology mystery novel, part a discussion of…


The Lost Shrine by Nicola Ford

August 1, 2020

Allison & Busby Limited:  London 2019 (PB) Nicola Ford (pen name for National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Sites Dr. Nick Snashall) has followed up her acclaimed initial thriller The Hidden Bones with a tension-filled and…


A Shroud of Leaves by Rebecca Alexander

July 1, 2020

Titan Books:  London 2019 (PB) Following last year’s atmospheric thriller, A Baby’s Bones, author Rebecca Alexander re-introduces her heroine, archaeologist Sage Westfield, to what one hopes will be a rapidly growing readership.  In what would seem a counter-intuitive career move…


Old Bones by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

June 1, 2020

Grand Central Publishing:  New York 2019 (HC) Back in 1999, the prolific thriller-writing duo of Preston and Child introduced archaeologist Nora Kelly as the protagonist in the novel Thunderhead.  Now, some twenty years later Nora returns as the heroine in…


The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

January 1, 2020

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  Boston 2019 (HC) In this, the eleventh entry in the outstanding Ruth Galloway mysteries, the reader encounters echoes of the very first entry in this series, The Crossing Places.  Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson and forensic archaeologist…


Catacombs by Mary Anna Evans

December 1, 2019

Poisoned Pen Press:  Naperville, IL 2019 (PB) Early in 20th Century America, a virulent strain of anti-Chinese sentiment swept throughout the United States.  In Oklahoma City, this hostility literally drove this immigrant group underground.  A network of tunnels linked living…


Inquisition by David Gibbins

November 1, 2019

St. Martin’s Press:  New York April, 2019 (pb) A treasure of incalculable religious importance is smuggled from the catacombs of 3rd Century AD Rome to a safe haven among Spanish Jews sympathetic to Christianity.  Almost two thousand years later, underwater…


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,…