Posts Tagged ‘archaeology’

The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

This book (Find in our catalog) is the third mystery by Elly Griffiths. Her first book in the series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway was The Crossing Places, her second book was The Janus Stone. Ruth Galloway is an interesting character, single, a little on the heavy side, and a scholar who lectures at a local university. She lives in a house on the wild coast of Norfolk, England nearer to salt marshes than people. In the mysteries she is called upon by the local police department to help them solve crimes where bones have been unearthed. She finds herself in dangerous situations for which she is ill-prepared and in a developing and complicated relationship with the married Detective Chief Inspector, Harry Nelson. Anyone who enjoys a mystery with an engaging heroine,  a definite location, and delving into the past (whether it be as far back as the Romans, or as recent as WW2) will find something to like in these books. As this series progresses, various connnections and relationships become stronger, adding more depth to the stories. It is better to read them in order and know that as the author is settling in with her characters and themes the books are definitely becoming more appealing.

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The Last Ember by Daniel Levin

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

If you are interested in a mix of archaeology, history, religion, lost artifacts, puzzles and deception, this is a great book to read. Levin tells his story in depth and detail and although his characters’ escapades may sometimes stretch belief, his descriptions of historical events keep the book grounded. Jonathan Marcus, a former doctoral classics student and current lawyer, is in Rome to examine some ancient stone fragments. He discovers a hidden message in them, reunites with a former colleague and preservationist, Dr. Emili Travia, and before he knows what is happening is off on a quest for an ancient artifact that will take him & Emili from Rome to Jerusalem and back again. They are not the only ones looking for this object, however, the mysterious Salah ad-Din and his men will stop at nothing to get to the artifact. Full of action and mounting tension, the search gets more dangerous as Jonathan & Emili uncover more of the mystery surrounding the object and put their lives at greater risk.

Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School said – “What a glorious journey from the tumultuous world of today’s Middle East to the Imperial world of Roman antiquity and then back. With a flair for detail, drama, and elegant prose, Daniel Levin keeps us transfixed by his page-turning tale of deception, politics, history and life.”

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New TV series based on novel

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Past Life, a new FOX-TV series inspired by M.J. Rose’s novel The Reincarnationist (Find this book in our catalog), will have its network premiere Thursday, February 11.

More information about the show is available on the FOX website.

This is what our catalog says about the book: “A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white light, and photojournalist Josh Ryder’s world exploded. From that instant nothing would ever be the same. As Josh recovers, his mind is increasingly invaded with thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories. But they are not his memories. They are ancient – and violent. A battery of medical and psychological tests can’t explain Josh’s baffling symptoms. And the memories have an urgency he can’t ignore, pulling him to save a woman named Sabina, and the treasures she is protecting. But who is Sabina? Desperate for answers, Josh turns to the world-renowned Phoenix Foundation, a research facility that scientifically documents cases of past life experiences. His findings there lead him to an archaeological dig and to Professor Gabriella Chase, who has discovered an ancient tomb: a tomb with a powerful secret that threatens to merge the past with the present. Here, the dead call out to the living, and murders of the past become murders of the present.”