Book Review: Old Bones by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Nora Kelly #1)

Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Having read all the Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child books, including the Pendergast novels in order, I was quite excited to learn that they’ve started a new series with a side character from their popular series: Nora Kelly. I’ve first met Nora in Cabinet of Curiosities, the third Pendergast book, and I became fond of her from back then. Of course, I also liked Bill Smithback, with whom Nora had a history, but that’s an ancient story. In Old Bones, several years passed since Nora’s husband died, and she has been working as a museum curator and archaeologist in Santa Fe, […] Read more »

The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff (A Pot Thief Murder Mystery #7)

The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keefe

The latest addition in the Pot Thief series by J.Michael Orenduff,  The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe, brings back out favorite funny and enterprising character Hubert Schuze (Hubie) to once again rescue another treasure (err…pot) from being forever forgotten and buried in the land. Afterall it is a shame for all those old pots to never see the day of light just because it is no longer allowed to liberate such artifacts without going through a thousand red tape bands of archaeology. The fact that one can earn quite a nice sum of money is only relevant when one has dearly […] Read more »

Clonmac’s Bridge by Jeffrey Perren

Clonmacs Bridge by Jeffrey Perren

When the author’s, publicist offered me the book Clonmack’s Bridge to read and review for the upcoming book publication on March 19, I was intrigued by the blurb and let’s just say I can never say no to a good archaeological mystery. It’s one of my favorite genre overall. The book started interestingly enough and grabbed my attention right away. Mari Quispe is the supervisor of a particular dig in Peru, which collapses under her watch, killing her assistant before they could dig their way to her. Mari is a strong person, well respected, but not well liked, due to her […] Read more »

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child (Jeremy Logan #3)

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child

The Third Gate is the third book in the Jeremy Logan series by Lincoln Child, the author who is also well known for his collaborative work with Douglas Preston on the popular Pendergast FBI thriller series (click here to see all the Pendergast novels in order of reading if you want to start with that series). If there is any series that I truly love, it is the Pendergast series, I’ve read literally every single one of the so far 13 published books. However, I’ve also read pretty much anything that the two authors have also put out separately. One book […] Read more »

Best Archaeological Mystery Books

Lost Army Of Cambyses

If you’re looking for a list of some of the best archaeological mystery books, you’ve landed on the right place. I love mysteries and archaeological mysteries take a special place in my heart. Ever since I read the first book by the now deceased author Elizabeth Peters (real name Barbara Mertz), called Crocodile on the Sandbank, I knew archaeology would be something that I would always enjoy reading. While my life took me in a complete different direction, with no means of studying archaeology, the passion for reading books (fiction and non-fiction) about this subject has never waned. I honestly […] Read more »

The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko (The Sarah Weston Chronicles #1)

The Tenth Saint

I’ve recently read The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko, the first in the Sarah Weston Chronicles series, and I decided to review it since I’m picking up soon the second book in the series, called The Riddle of Solomon, a book that was published in July this year. I’ve read The Tenth Saint this June, so it’s still fresh in my memory. I picked up this book because I was (and still am) on an archaeological mystery/adventure and hidden secrets types of books kick, and at the same time was also reading the James Rollins Sigma Series, so this book fit […] Read more »

The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #3)

The Mummy Case it’s the third book by Elizabeth Peters in the Amelia Peabody series, which finds Amelia and Emerson in a rather boring setting, digging up places that are simply not worth their time, as Radcliff Emerson kindly comments. He’d rather prefer to excavate the Black Pyramid at Dahshoor, and not it’s shadow located close enough, but not quite within his reach, at Mazghunah, which is a simple burial ground from a later period than Radcliff loves to spend his time with. The only highlight of their entire archaeological expedition is Walter (Ramses as he is routinely called), their […] Read more »

The Fascination With Archaeological Mysteries

On the surface, archaeological mystery novels are not as popular and as widespread as, say, spy thrillers, romantic suspense, or paranormal mysteries. However if you really start to look closer at what authors have been publishing for years now, you’ll notice a constant trend of writing mysteries involving archaeology in one way or another. Even novels that seemingly don’t have much with the theme of archaeology and digging the dirt for clues have in fact a lot of the elements of what makes a great archaeological mystery what it is. Also, if you think about it, how could it not […] Read more »

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #1)

The Crossing Pllaces

The Crossing Places is the first in the Ruth Galloway series written by author Elly Griffiths. The story is about Ruth, a forensic anthropologist who lives a nice quiet life in Norfolk. When some bones belonging to a child are discovered on a nearby beach, Ruth is asked to come in and help date them. The bones turn out to be around 2000 years old. The detective on the case, DCI Harry Nelson is rather disappointed with the skeleton’s age as he was hoping to identify the remains of a girl gone missing about 10 years ago. However soon another girl […] Read more »

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #2)

The Curse of the Pharaos

I read The Curse of the Pharaohs years ago when I first discovered the archaeological mystery genre (I think it was, in fact, Elizabeth Peters’ books that made me aware of this genre in the first place). I read all of the series within just a few short weeks. In this second installment of the Amelia Peabody mystery series, we find Amelia and her darling husband, Radcliffe, living happily a quiet and content life in Kent. They have a son, William (also called Ramses – guess why!) and the story starts about 4 years after the end of the first […] Read more »