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What is a Forensic Archaeologist to do?

The Crossing Places Book Cover The Crossing Places
Dr Ruth Galloway 10 books, 11th coming out soon
Elly Griffiths
Fiction, thrillers, mystery,
Houghton Mifflin
2009
303

Summoned by Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson to help the investigation of bones found near England's Saltmarsh region, archaeologist Ruth Galloway discovers that the remains are bizarrely linked to a case involving a disturbed anonymous letter-writer and a missing child.

It seems  that her job is to solve murders – both new and ancient, and those somewhere in between. 

I confess, I read every book in this series without a break. 

i got fascinated by Ruth Galloway, Dr. And kept wanting more. I wanted more of her expertise in solving murders, old and new; and more of her daughter; and more of her romances; especially with her daughter’s father, but we are cleverly always on the hook about that one!

For me though, there was one problem. reading the books in a series burst, the style and content of the writing become very obvious, and I felt that the latter stories from around book 6 onwards, were getting thinner. 
There was less forensic archaeology and more ‘soap’ – more people relationships and less crime if you like and for me that let them down.

They are still good stories and I love the landscape in which they are set. I have visited this area quite a few times and the bird sanctuaries and have even been to a seal birthing site – a little way up the coast which is very like that one described except that you can very close to the babies – behind a wire fence – and they are very curious and come right up to you, and are cute beyond belief!

A Norfolk Seal Baby

So overall, I liked the books and was happy to pay for them, and will certainly continue to read this series in the future, but I need a change now after 10 books!  Oh, and PS, the wooden henge is real – I’ve seen it…

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Go Hunt a Relic






Torrent #1, Destiny Unchosen #1.5, Thornfall #2 Book Cover




Torrent #1, Destiny Unchosen #1.5, Thornfall #2




Rust and Relics





Lindsay Buroker





urban fantasy




Kindle



When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself crawling through abandoned mine shafts, scrounging for rusty pickaxes and gold pans to sell on auction sites, but Indiana Jones didn’t have to make student loan payments.

Scouring the mountains of Arizona with Simon, her best friend and computer geek extraordinaire, Delia dreams of turning their scavenging enterprise into a legitimate business. More, she longs to earn the respect of peers who shun her for turning into a treasure hunter. What she doesn’t dream of is stumbling across a decapitated body in an old mine near Prescott.

Something dangerous has come to the mountains, and two Harley-riding strangers are the only ones who seem to have a clue. They speak a language Delia has never heard and carry mysterious artifacts she’s never seen. Investigating these strangers might lead her to discoveries that change the face of archaeology forever… or it might lead her and her best friend into a deadly monster’s lair.

One of the things I really like about compilation books is that you often find new authors with a style that you enjoy and read more of. With the best will in the world – and even with my reading speed of some 300 plus a year (!) – you just can’t read all the new authors (and old ones too) out there and so being led into a group of friends who write in a similar style is great.

So it was with the box set ‘Witches and Warriors’ which led me to Lindsay Buroker. A new author to me but one that has been writing Secondary World Sagas for about 7 years, and has managed to write some 6 different sets of novels in that time. All steam-punk and fantasy and is now a full-time author with her earnings.. but hasn’t she worked hard to get there?…

So I discovered Lindsay’s other series and was drawn to the new saga based on Earth – Rust and Relics .

A female Harrison Ford. Why not? A bull whip can be very handy it turns out for fighting, substituting for rope,useful in collecting items, and generally giving the wearer an air of menace!

A great collection of characters were all connected up into a fighting and relic hunting group with some amazing foes – and a strong hint that human behaviour is how these foes are created.

 

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No Dragons Involved






Dragon Bones Book Cover




Dragon Bones




Nia Rivers #1





Jasmin Walt, Ines Johnson





urban fantasy, mythology, romance




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition




(9 May 2017)



omb Raider meets urban fantasy in this new, spine-tingling adventure series... Meet Nia Rivers: archaeologist, fashionista, and an ancient immortal with a serious memory problem. For the last couple of centuries, Nia has been trying to fill in the blanks of her past by shedding light on history's darkest stories. Her motto: the ugliest stories are the ones that deserve to be told the most. But when a mysterious woman comes forth with a two-thousand year old relic from Nia's past, Nia isn't sure if the story connected to it is one she wants told to the world. Unfortunately, Nia has no choice but to uncover the truth--fast--before a greedy land developer buries the site forever. The fact that he's also an immortal, with a millennia-old grudge against her, doesn't help. Neither do the dark assassins who have been stalking her for centuries, and who've suddenly decided to up their game to end her life. Letting her enemies have their way might be best for Nia, especially when the truth might expose a horrific crime from Nia's past. But all stories deserve to be told. Even the ugliest ones. Even if they say you might be a mass murderer.

Absolutely no Dragons  involved in this story but plenty of mythology come to life.

A Dragon Bone is, according to this novel, an ancient artefact with writing on it, usually fund in China. Often a shell and ground up for medecine.

it seems that there are – or were – 12 immortals ‘birthed’, possibly in the Garden of Eden but they are not quite sure. What they are certain of, is that they were born at different times and the oldest is 1 – as numbered on his back in Aramaic/Hebrew script.  Nia is number 9.

Nine, aka Nia, Nueve or other variants, is an archaeologist who is several thousand years old, but she is not sure as she forgets. She tells this story in the 1st person as she goes to China to find a Dragon Bone which seems to say something about her ancient history  and which she has forgotten. In fact she doesn’t remember ever visiting China in all her years on Earth.

I liked this fantasy story as it starts with a very different premise. The immortals are not Angels, fallen or otherwise. I will be following this series through.

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