Book Review

Mayan Mendacity – L.J.M. Owen

Book Title: Mayan Mendacity

Series: Dr. Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth (#2)

Author: L.J.M. Owen

Goodreads Link: Click here

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Star Rating: gold stargold stargold stargold star empty star – Excellent new series!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Fortuitous.  That is what I call my stumbling on this excellent little book.  I was searching through Netgalley, hoping to find a book that I could use on my Fall Bookish Bingo.  The description looked promising.  Could I use it for the “suspense” square? Here is the synopsis via Goodreads…

Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle.

What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen?

The bones, along with other remains, are a gift for Elizabeth. But soon the giver reveals his true nature. An enraged colleague then questions Elizabeth’s family history. Elizabeth seeks DNA evidence to put all skeletons to rest.

A pregnant enemy, a crystal skull, a New York foodie, and an intruder in Elizabeth’s phrenic library variously aid or interrupt Elizabeth’s attempts to solve mysteries both ancient and personal.

With archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, Mayan Mendacity takes readers back into the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

This book turned out even better than expected!  It’s not simply a suspense novel, it is a love letter to ancient civilizations and archaeology.  Dr. Elizabeth Pimms is a wonderful character.  Young and brilliant, but also a little naive, she is also incredibly loyal and kind hearted. She’s someone I’d love to make friends with.She is driven to excellence in her work, and truly loves archaeology and making sense of the artifacts that she is presented with.

I also loved the fact that so many cultures are represented in this book. Dr. Pimms herself is Welsh, Chinese, French and Australian (I think). It makes for wonderful interactions with different members of her loving family, and some really delectable descriptions of family meal times.  Ancient Mayan culture is also prominent, and those were some of my favorite parts of the book.  As Dr. Pimms is working at deciphering the remains uncovered in Guatemala, we get glimpses of the Mayan culture and the sudden rise of a Mayan princess. It is a brutal society, but utterly fascinating.

The author of this book is herself an archeologist and the book is full of details about the processes involved in examining the results of a dig. If you like scholarly details, and a glimpse into that life you will really enjoy this book.  The only thing I’m sorry about is that I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series, and I haven’t read the first yet! Well, I’ll fix that in short order. I fully recommend this series.

Bonus link: The author’s website has excellent information about the books, as well as about herself. It’s a good read.

Song for this book: Suo Gan – Kings College, Cambridge

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