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Dead Man’s Lane by Kate Ellis

May 1, 2020

Piatkus Publishing:  London 2019 (HC) Real estate developer Joe Hamer has undertaken the construction of a luxury holiday village at the Jacobean-era Strangefields Farm, a dilapidated but historically significant property, located along the ominously-named Dead Man’s Lane, when one of…


Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove

April 1, 2020

Del Rey Publishing:  New York City 2019 (HC) Harry Turtledove has been for many years the acknowledged master of Alternate History.  In Alpha and Omega he sets his sights on a starkly different genre:  an eschatological foray into the End…


The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

March 1, 2020

Grand Central Publishing:  New York City 2019 (pb) Throughout the years that the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center has published these monthly book reviews, we have included a number of sub-genres, such as thrillers, mysteries, romances and even a bit of…


Pharaoh by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

February 1, 2020

Translated from the Italian by Christine Feddersen-Manfredi Pan Book:  London 2016 (PB) In a dramatic prelude to the archaeology thriller Pharaoh, Italian classical archaeologist Valerio Massimo Manfredi chronicles the Biblical Kingdom of Judah on the verge of collapse in 586…


Desecration by Dan Baldwin

March 1, 2019

Four Knights Press:  San Bernardino, CA 2013 (PB) Ashley Hayes is an archaeologist on the faculty of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport.  She specializes in the archaeology of the Caddo Nation, a confederation of a number of tribes that…


The Coffins by Deborah Dunn

January 1, 2019

Five Rivers Press:  Lexington, KY 2017 (pb) First-time novelist Deborah Dunn has written an interesting and at times thought-provoking archaeology suspense novel that takes the historical facts of the 16th Century “Lost Colony” of Roanoke and postulates a credible sequence…


A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

August 1, 2018

Berkley:  New York 2018 (HC) The scene is London, 1888.  Victorian naturalist and adventuress Veronica Speedwell and her mysterious colleague Stoker (full name, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane) are busily curating the eclectic collection of art, artifacts, jewels, books, and natural history specimens…


The Scorpion’s Bite by Aileen G. Baron

July 1, 2018

Poisoned Pen Press:  Scottsdale AZ 210 (HC) It is 1943 and University of Chicago ABD archaeologist Lily Sampson, still suffering from the loss of her lover at the Battle of Al Alamein, is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic…


Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans

June 1, 2018

Poison Pen Press:  Scottsdale, AZ 2018 (PB) A serial killer stalks the streets of Memphis, Tennessee’s poorer neighborhoods.  Or at least that’s what contract archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth comes to believe as she is inexorably drawn into this nightmare as she…


Ararat by Christopher Golden

April 1, 2018

Headline Publishing Group:  London, UK (2017) (pb) Ararat is a great example of that popular staple of archaeology fiction:  the supernatural horror unearthed by unwitting excavators.  This sub-genre can be traced as far back as the mid-19th century.  Edgar Allen…