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Scorpion House (A Lacy Glass Archaeology Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maria Hudgins
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It sounds like the chance of a lifetime, to explore the tomb of an ancient Egyptian nobleman and live in an expedition house with other scientists. All expenses paid, and her name on a paper sure to be published in a prestigious journal. But when her housemates start turning up dead, all under unpleasant circumstances, Lacy Glass has reason to suspect she’s next.
Lacy is a botanist, a pigment specialist, recruited to analyze the paint on the walls and the dyes in the linen found in the tomb. Altogether, nine specialists share the house on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, but Lacy isn't sure she can trust any of them. The first to die is her best friend, her mentor, and the only housemate she knows well enough to trust.
These housemates include a cook who believes she's the pharaoh Hatshepsut's daughter, an ex-pat American botanist, an overbearing team leader, and a surfeit of scorpions.

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  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OXKA10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disorienting! August 12, 2014
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The book was fairly entertaining but was convuluted enough that I had to actually go back and re-read the last 5 chapters of so before I was sure of who - at least the author wanted us to think - the murderer was. That was miserable. I'm all for puzzles and who done its but when you finish the book not sure if the lead is standing next to the murderer, it's disorienting. The 4 or so key pages should have not been so ambiguous for such a simple who done it, imo. The cast of characters was pretty large without much setting up of their backgrounds as well. Not unhappy I read it, but not sure I'll bother with the next, either. If you like your movies with a definite bad guy you'll have a little trouble with this.

The voice from the grave and the quoted poem made no sense to me either at the end, and I'm an English major. Maybe the author's trying too hard to be poetic?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scorpions? August 13, 2014
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OK, I will admit to being an archaeology buff, and this book had enough fun Egyptology to keep me interested. The setting wasn't just there to be exotic, there was a lot of technical detail and seemed real. Or as realistic as a murder mystery can be, rather... Characters fleshed out enough to make me interested but without too much information or long-winded description, and a nice set-up for further books in the series (off to look for those now). Only negative - was it really necessary to make Lacy a klutz? It seems so trite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and intrigue, very well done! August 12, 2014
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Suspense, intrigue, great characters, and a fascinating setting! I was starving for a great, suspenseful read with no gore and nothing to give me nightmares. Scorpion House came to the rescue. I think I counted 3 curse words, used judiciously. Otherwise very clean without being goofy or fluffy. The pacing was right on, and I looked forward to opening it up again every time I got a chance to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! January 9, 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters are interesting, realistic, and as complex as the plot. Keeps you guessing until the end. I also liked the fact that although the main character does develop a "love interest", the author keeps it subdued and realistic. The book is well written, too. Highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting storyline November 20, 2012
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I really enjoyed this story and believable characters and I learnt a bit about Egyptian archeology as a bonus. If you enjoy a mystery give this author a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpion House - a real scorcher July 19, 2012
By cori67
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When Lacy arrives in Egypt she fully expects she is there to help her colleagues with plant pigments and analyzing paint colors used by the ancient Egyptians. Little does she know her entire world would be completely turned around the night she gets to Whiz Bang. Who can she trust? And who is the person responsible for all the issues she and the other team members face?

Hudgins has created a wonderful cast of characters from Lacy to Paul, Shelly and Susan and all the others. The plot is strong and the setting is interesting and compelling.

I definitely will be ordering more of her books now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At first I was bored out of my skull July 10, 2014
By Delores
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At first I was bored out of my skull. I would pick it up and start reading it in bed at night and promptly fall asleep. This happened over and over again. The informational passages were so very long. Long discussions about paint, pigment, etc and, of course, Egyptology. I had to reread passages over again because I fell asleep. My bad. But you know three quarters of the way through the book the story picked up. and I started enjoying the book, and trying to figure out "who done it", which is the fun part about reading a murder mystery. The author laid down lots of false trails to confuse the reader, which was good. Made for more fun in discovering the REAL murderer. I ended up liking the book so much that I bought the second one in her two novel series. So there!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read! February 24, 2015
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This was a good read. I enjoyed the archeology entwined into the story. I figure out who was the murderer and the motive pretty early, but I still enjoyed reading to the end.
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More About the Author

Maria Hudgins is the author of four Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries, Death of an Obnoxious Tourist, Death of a Lovable Geek, Death on the Aegean Queen, and Death of a Second Wife (June 2012). These stories are set in Italy, Scotland, the Greek Islands, and Switzerland, respectively. Before using a place as a setting, Hudgins visits and takes copious notes.

Two mysteries in her new Lacy Glass Series are now available on Kindle and Kindle Prime. Scorpion House centers around an expedition house in Luxor, Egypt. The Man on the Istanbul Train follows the young botanist from Istanbul to an archaeological dig in central Turkey.

She lives in Hampton, Virginia.

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