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The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton
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First in the Lara McClintoch archealogical thriller/mystery series. Lara is just out of a divorce, has lost her antique dealer business to her dead beat husband, and has been court ordered to not be able to start up another business for another year unless her husband retracts or remarries. So on an extended stay-cation Lara gets a call from a friend in South America, and from the mysteriousness of it flies down to meet with him. Thus ensues her very first mystery murder to solve involving fantastic Inca info and artifacts leading her to a fifth Codex she uncovers in an underwater cave, the finding of new friends, the start of her flings with the wrong kind of man, and the awakening in herself that she has been in a depression and now must wake up. It ends happily of course, and buys back her old business with a new partner after her ex remarries into a wealthy family.

I always love these books because the information and adventure is parallel to Indiana Jones, only on a less 'yeah right, like that could happen' scale. the writing is more like fluff, but its very descriptive and Hamilton always researches her stuff very well. Lara of course is a very endearing character, she is easily relatable and I enjoy a female hero that is intelligent and knowledgable, and definitely not a damsel in distress.

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