A clever and amusing prequel to The Tomb of Zeus,
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This review is from: Bright Hair about the Bone (Laetitia Talbot Mysteries) (Paperback)
This is the second of Barbara Cleverly's books featuring Laetitia Talbot, but it is a prequel, set just over a year before the Tomb of Zeus.
It is the 1920s, Laetitia is an archaeologist and although she has been to university, is finding it very difficult to find anyone who takes her seriously. This is very galling for someone of Letty's temperament. Finally she finds a place on a dig run by her godfather in Burgundy. Her father will only let her go if she is chaperoned by an ex-army chaplain whose life has been wrecked by his experiences in the trenches. Letty has to agree, but it annoys her so much that she is even more pig headed, obstinate and self-righteous than usual.
Her godfather dies violently and Letty is convinced that it was not a random act of violence. As she investigates, she discovers that the local nobility's beliefs in myths and legends will lead them to act in a way that could cause political mayhem. This may sound very Gothic and far-fetched, but Cleverly handles her plots and characters very deftly, leading Letty out of the tunnel of her prejudices into some sort of self-awareness and knowledge.
Intriguingly we discover some of the events of Letty's past that were hinted at so tantalisingly in the Tomb of Zeus, but perhaps not all . . .
An excellent thriller that combines humour with excitement.