The Tomb of Zeus (Laetitia Talbot Mysteries) Paperback – 30 Oct 2007
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"Crisp writing and depth of characterization should please traditional mystery fans."--"Publishers Weekly"
"For readers who love Elizabeth Peters and Jacqueline Winspear and still hanker for Agatha Christie.... [Cleverly] demonstrates a knack for creating full-blown historical puzzlers with complicated plots and engaging characters in unusual settings."--"Library Journal," starred review
"Tucked into the wealth of archaeological and historical detail is a full-blown English houseparty murder.... With a spirited, intelligent heroine, a glorious exotic setting, a clever plot, loads of archaeological detail and a touch of romance there's nothing not to like in this crisply told first book of a new series."--"Denver Post"
Crisp writing and depth of characterization should please traditional mystery fans. "Publishers Weekly"
For readers who love Elizabeth Peters and Jacqueline Winspear and still hanker for Agatha Christie.... [Cleverly] demonstrates a knack for creating full-blown historical puzzlers with complicated plots and engaging characters in unusual settings. "Library Journal," starred review
Tucked into the wealth of archaeological and historical detail is a full-blown English houseparty murder.... With a spirited, intelligent heroine, a glorious exotic setting, a clever plot, loads of archaeological detail and a touch of romance there's nothing not to like in this crisply told first book of a new series. "Denver Post""
A dazzling new novel from Barbara Cleverly, introducing Laetitia 'Letty' Talbot, an aspiring archaeologist with a passion for adventure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Cleverly uses the device of the prologue again in this first-of-series and to great effect. As usual, the seeds of the story are sown in the very early chapters and the author trusts that the reader will stay alert and pick up all the clues as it moves along. Links are made through time and myth - e.g. a golden youth who drives his Bugatti over a cliff makes echoes with the son of Theseus who drove his chariot into the sea, both men fleeing, thousands of years apart in time, from accusations of the same sin. Cleverly never cheats the readers (though she doesn't spoon-feed them) and the clues to the primary and the secondary murders are hidden in plain sight, resulting in one satisfying solution.
The unravelling is done by a dashing new heroine who makes Maisie Dobbs look very frowsty. Armed with spade and Luger and a lot of attitude, Laetitia battles male intolerance in the world of archaeology to dig up and expose truths long buried as well as a fresh and personally distressing murder. The wonderfully evocative setting is Crete in the golden years of its archaeological discoveries and this, along with the intriguing characters and challenging ideas linger long after the last page has been read. You get much more than a mystery story for your money.
She is staying en famille with the head of the dig, a man of great charm and charisma, and his extended household. She soon becomes aware that things are not as they should be, and then she finds that another member of the household is someone from her past, who not only has hurt her badly, but is also morally very dubious.
Then the deaths begin and the accidents start to happen. Letty, being Letty, plunges in headfirst causing mayhem and danger on all sides.
This is an excellent book. The plot is complex and convoluted. Hints are constantly being thrown out about past events, which is tantalising. Some you find out about and some you don't. The characters are also complex. We tend to see them through Letty's eyes and she does not always see clearly, so what you see is not always what you get.
I have enjoyed all the books by Cleverly that I have read (and I think I have read all that are in print) and this one is an excellent addition.
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I love Barbara Cleverly's character Joe Sandilands, however I haven't enjoyed this new character Laetitia Talbot as much. Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Emmabemma
I enjoyed this story - as I have hundreds in a similar cosy vein over the last many years.
No gore, no graphic sex scenes, plenty of descriptions of the scenery and the... Read more