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The African Quest (Archaeological Mysteries, No. 5) Hardcover – February 1, 2001

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About the Author

Lyn Hamilton is the author of four previous Archaeological Mysteries. Her first, The Xibalba Murders, was nominated by the Crime Writers of Canada Association for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425178064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425178065
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through a quirky set of circumstances, Lara McClintoch finds herself in a partnership with her ex-husband Clive Swain. Clive has grandiose ideas, but expects everyone else to do the work to make them happen. Lara put up with Clive because her best friend is involved with him. She reluctantly agrees to his latest scheme to draw attention to their antique business starting with her acting as a tour guide to the ancient and mysterious North African country of Tunisia.

Lara plans to purchase artifacts and furnishings for a client while guiding her charges. The trip starts off on the right foot. Everyone seems congenial and friendly towards one another. However, over time Lara notices strange happenings amidst the people on the tour. The weirdness turns sinister when guests die in what seems like accidents until finally a clear- cut murder occurs. The local police insist everyone remain in country while they investigate all the deaths. Unable to idly sit by, Lara decides to take matters into her own hands and begins her own investigation.

The exotic world of Northern Africa comes vividly alive within THE AFRICAN QUEST so much so that the audience will believe they accompany Lara on tour. The characters are fully developed, especially the heroine and the who-done-it is engaging. However, what makes Lyn Hamilton's novel worth reading is the varying perspectives of Tunisia seen through the eyes of the tourists, Lara, and the locals, which adds much color to a strong amateur sleuth tale.

Harriet Klausner
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THE AFRICAN QUEST finds Lara McClintoch leading a tour group to North Africa. It seems like a good way to earn extra money and promote the antique store while hunting for antifacts. At least, it seems like a good idea until members of the group start having fatal "accidents".

This is the fifth book in Lyn Hamilton's Lara McClintoch series. Of the five, I've enjoyed THE MOCHE WARRIOR and THE AFRICAN QUEST the most. In THE AFRICAN QUEST, the whodunit is intriguing and well-plotted, with a clearly delineated sequence of events and related clues, and without blind leaps of insight on Lara's part (see THE CELTIC RIDDLE for examples of contrived leaps of insight). In addition, the characters are quirky and interesting, and the Tunisian setting is nicely visualized by Ms. Hamilton.

One of the pleasures of a series is the on-going development of the life of the main character. In this series, readers must take the good outings with the not-so-good to stay current with what's new in Lara McClintoch's life. THE AFRICAN QUEST is one of the good outings. If you're into the series, enjoy this one. If not, this is still a good read. It's a solid four stars in my book.
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When I like Lyn Hamilton's books - and I liked Xibalba and Moche a lot, I like them because there is fascinating archeology and myth to be learned while journeying to interesting places with a cast of characters, appealing and formidable. This one had too many characters, none of whom were likable or frightening, and very little about the art or mythic history of the Carthaginians. I'm looking forward to her next one, but I'd give this a pass.
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Lyn Hamilton was a gem! I love all of the exotic location that we get to visit through this series. Africa, or Tunisia, is fascinating! If you love to travel, love history, and mysteries... you'll like this book. If I had a criticism, it might be that pace may slow down with unnecessary details at times.. personal histories, relationships, etc.
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New style of writing for me, I can admit I enjoyed reading this novel, especially the caring for details about Tunisia the culture, the history, the site and even the food, I already visited Morocco and Algeria, and Tunisia for sure is next on the list and this time for family, fun and archeology

The book is will written, the characters are well developed even though I felt the event were little bit slow, it is informative about archeology, history and culture, and I believe the writer did good job in her research.

I'm planning to go a head and continue reading other novels from Lyn Hamilton series, one done 10 to go
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Kind of fuzzy and not as well written as the earlier Lyn Hamilton mysteries. I would read more if there were any but the author passed away a few years ago.
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By Alicia R. on November 13, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book and the entire archaeology murder mystery series.
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