Friday, May 3, 2013
Feature and Follow - Sneak Peak at What I'm Reading
I am currently reading Lyn Hamilton's archaeological mystery The African Quest. It is a quirky mix of what archaeological tourism used to be before all the turmoil in Tunisia, Libya and other nations, a modern story and the ancient backstory that sets it up. So far (about halfway through) it is both well crafted and well-paced.
One scene in the book that worked well was when the protagonist, Lara McClintock, was following a suspected thief through the markets of Tunis. One could feel the jostling of the crowd and the myriad smells good and bad assaulting one's nose.
A scene that did not work, for me, was the meet-up scene at the hotel on arrival in Tunis. The descriptions were not nearly as crisp and vivid as the market scene and the dialog a bit tired.
The above notwithstanding, I would recommend this for mystery buffs, especially if you like your mysteries with a little bit of historical spice and exotic locations.
Any other mysteries with a twist you'd recommend?