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The Magyar Venus (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #8)

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After the unveiling of the Magyar Venus--a head and torso of a woman carved from mammoth ivory during the Upper Paleolithic period--one of Lara's friends commits suicide. Determinedly tracing the Venus's provenance to Budapest, Lara discovers a truth that arises from the secrets of the past.
Paperback, 259 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published 2004)
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Terri Lynn
I have to say that while I sort of liked this book, it definitely was not as interesting and exciting to me except for the historical and cultural info about Budapest,Hungary.

In this story, antiques store owner (with ex-husband Clive Swain) Lara McClintoch has just dumped her boyfriend Canadian Mounted Police Officer Rob Luczka, much to his shock, because "It's not working for me. We see the world from different viewpoints." Frankly I have considered Lara to be a complete idiot throughout the e
Aug 27, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
It took me a fourth try at reading this book to make it past the first chapter. Interesting topic, but written so poorly! The excerpts from some "diaries" regarding a prehistoric artifact bored me to tears and were completely unnecessary. The only time I was interested in this book was when the main character was out and about, investigating, but even then, dialog was was flat. The worst part was how she worked on piecing the bits of info together, but the reader was not exactly clued-in. As in ...more
I have to agree with the reviews that compared this book to Nancy Drew! Fortunately I remember Nancy fondly and enjoyed this for what it was- a fun, easy read.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Judith K
Good Archaeology in this, and lovely writing, describing the views, the countryside. A few too many characters to keep them all straight.
(Asked Judy if she wants it, for parts about Budapest and Hungary)
May 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
This book was a total miss. There was nothing believable about anything written, except maybe the descriptions of the landscapes. If I didn't need to count this for a reading challenge I would have given up after the first 20 pages. The main character was incredibly annoying and naive-I mean, come on, she's supposed to be a worldly woman who has an accomplished life, and has traveled the world. For a mature woman she was behaving worse than and had the gullibility of a teenager. The diary excerp ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Lara has broken up with her boyfriend, Rob, and runs into her old college friends, The Dovercourt Divas, from the University of Toronto. They end up at the unveiling of the Magyar Venus at the Cottingham Museum. The museum curator is Karoly Molnar, who as Charles Miller, was Lara's flame in college (he also dated most of the Dovercourt Divas). Lara got drunk (or was slipped something in her drink) and doesn't remember the rest of the evening. Anna, one of the divas committed suicide, and there w ...more
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting enough to read it through discussions on the diaries, wars, and prehistorically old graves.
The partial setting in Hungary was the mysterious surprise, and a description of the people and places to visit.
With an additional exciting journey to England to dig up the truth about what was discovered by a skeleton. Lara McClintoch struggles with her personal life while trying to prove either the item is actually real or a fraud. It aims to save much of their respect for their
The storyline is thin and the plot twists are a bit cliché. But the archaeological plot twists and points are still what make the novels in Hamilton's series worth reading.

In this one, Lara connects with old college friends who have much to hide and much to lose. The mystery is centred around the find of a prehistoric ivory sculpture of a Earth Venus in an Hungarian cave in 1900. All of the mystery plot hinges on one thing and one thing only. It works or not. For me it worked until about midway
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, series
This wasn't quite as enthralling as I remember the others of Hamilton's series being. I still enjoy Lara McClintoch's explorations and investigations, which this time took her to Budapest. But the story moved a little slowly, and then all of a sudden was wrapped up quickly at the end -- I felt somehow like I hadn't gotten the chance to participate in the process.
Jane Dugger
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-books-read
I like Ms Hamilton's stories but feel she sometimes has too many new characters in each installment instead of developing other recurring characters. I keep reading the series because I enjoy the history & the exotic locales.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Goodreads Giveaway - 3.5 stars truly. It was a light, enjoyable read. The diary entries were extraneous and I found myself skipping over them. The mystery seemed to be solved entirely behind the scenes and I know little about the character. Despite all that, it was engaging enough to read through.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Authors stories only continue to improve and entice reader into an exciting plot. More than enough twists for any well read mystery fan. Had several interruptions which did not lessen impact of story line.
Patty Sutton
lots of hungarian history woven into the story - good mystery
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked, hungary
The main character just irritated me. I read a few of this series and liked them. I skimmed this one. I had wanted to include it in my UN World Challenge. I did not because I did not enjoy it.
Totally dumb mystery novel that takes place for a few pages in Budapest.
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like Lyn Hamilton.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hungary
Harmless if not particularly good mystery novel with a Budapest setting.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Love books that are set in Hungary
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Heavy on the Maltese history - lots of archaeology, antiques. Loved it!!
Cooper Renner
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Light and entertaining mystery concerning an ancient artifact, its authenticity, its provenance.
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Lyn Elizabeth Hamilton was a Canadian author of archaeological mystery novels.

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
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