Search the Shadows
Haskell Maloney was cruelly orphaned when she was just a baby. Now, twenty-two years later, she receives confirmation of the bitter truth she always suspected: the fallen war hero whose name she shares was not her father. Her quest for answers—and a personal history—brings Haskell to the famed Oriental Institute in Chicago, a city in which her mother lived and thrived befo...more
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Barbara Michaels, the pen name for Elizabeth Mertz, was an Egyptologist for her other career. It’s expected that the accomplished woman who want to sneak Egyptology themes and settings into even her Gothic work under the Michaels name.
Even if this book is set with a museum curator’s work, there is nothing about artifacts and Egyptology here – instead the protagonist Haskell, obsessed with her mother’s death and who her father may actually be, i ...more
The characters were all somewhat two dimensional, but stuck to the tropes from which they came, with the exception of the "big bad" and the aunt, who was much more prominent in the beginning than she was when the ridiculously named hMC left for Chica ...more
Her books often deal with borderline occult issues; however, Search the Shadows is a fairly straight-forward story of a young woman, Haskell Maloney, whose mother died in an auto accident when she was only 3 months old. Now a young adult and very recent graduate with a degr ...more
Haskell Moloney was named after a museum, the museum her Egyptology-student mother was attending at the time of her birth. Left orphaned after her father was killed in Vietnam and her mother short months after Haskell's birth in a car accident, Haskell was raised by her mother's sister, who doted on and loved her into adulthood.
When a pre-marital genentic ...more
Young Haskell Maloney is quite shocked to discover that she carries the genes for a rare disease called Tay-Sachs, which she could not possibly have gotten unless she'd inherited it from both parents--which means that one of her parents isn't who she thought. Her quest to find out the true identity of her father, and by extension what caused her mother's death, le ...more
I loved her struggle with her inner demons, and the way Ms. Michaels wove true Egptology into the plot.
Every book of Michaels' is a treasure filled with so much humor and life.
There are little jokes throughout that kept me laughing, while I was so involved in the mystery of the story that I can't believe Michaels pulls that off.
I did remember it about half way through... but this one is a fine novel. What I love about Michaels is her obvious intellect and ability to inject big issues and problems (murder of a parent, Tay-Sachs disease, illegitimacy, Egyptology etc) into a suspense novel.
A Vicki Blissesque plot with a less appealing heroine, a bit of gothiciness, and lots of good description, but this is another Peters that feels too outdated to me.
She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.