The Xibalba Murders (An Archaeological Mystery #1)
But when he turns up dead, Lara soon finds out that her client and his new home share a troubled past -- a past that stretches back to the ancient world, and reaches out with the insidious hand of modern intrigue...
A technique I’...more
The good things first, it was refreshing to read a book set in Mexico and about Mexican history. Since M...more
Lara knows she must retrace the doctor's steps to find out wh...more
Almost immediately after Lara's arrival, Castillo Rivera disappears and Lara finds herself drawn into intrigue not only surrounding the archaeological site but also the museum for which Castillo Rivera was once the director.
I began to suspect the "whodunnit" at about the...more
Lara was an interesting main character and this is the first in a series of archaeological mysteries that take...more
In THE XIBALBA MURDERS, Lara McClintoch has just gotten divorced from Clive Swain who forced her to sell her beloved antique/design shop so he could make a grab for all she has. She decides to enroll in college to study the ancient Maya.
As her university break begins, Lara receives a mysterious call from an old friend who is an archaeologist in Mexico. He wants her to come help him find "what the rabbit w...more
There is a lot of history tied up in this one. Some I was able to follow, some lost me completely. I'm not up on Mayan calendars, gods and beliefs. It was a good read but not an easy one.
I did figure out part of the "who dunnit" part, missed the other part. There is a good mystery here but it takes some effort to work through it in and amongst all the historical information given.
I'm going to have to think about...more
At first I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book, partly because I had just read a book that I literally could not put down, partly because it took a bit to get used to the writing style in this book. For example, the author begins a lot of se...more
The premiss of the series is mysteries that take place around archeological sites.
It's a bit dry and the author tried to squeeze in too many facts that slowed down the flow of the story. I really didn't care about the characters or what happened to them. I did learn something about Mayan history so I'm giving this two stars.
I have the second in the series already checked out from the library, so I'm not completely writing her off. (Oh, my, a pun?)
She worked in communications in the public service and private companies before publishing her first novel at the age of 50. She had been director of Cultural Programs Branch for the province of Ontario and director of public affairs for the Canadian Opera Company. Later, Hamilton taught mystery writing for the School fo...more