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Kataklusmos by T.M. Doran

January 1, 2021

By T.M. Doran TMDoranBooks:  Self-published 2020 (pb) More than eight years ago, I reviewed T.M. Doran’s Toward the Gleam, a beguiling tale of adventure chronicling the adventures of Oxford University philologist, John Hill, a veteran of World War I, whose…


Wrecked by Mary Anna Evans

December 1, 2020

Poisoned Pen Press:  Naperville, IL 2020 (PB) Following two adventures in Oklahoma and one in Tennessee, contract archaeologist Faye Longchamp and her husband Joe Mantooth return to their antebellum home on Joyeuse Island, just off the Florida panhandle coast.  What…


The Tomb of the Honey Bee by L.B. Hathaway

October 1, 2020

Whitehaven Man Press:  London 2014 (PB) The last few reviews posted at this site have been of books very high in quality but dealing with subjects dark and sinister.  It was therefore something of a change of pace when I…


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…