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The celtic riddle: an archaeolocical mystery
Hamilton, Lyn.
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Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2000.
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Toronto shopkeeper Lara McClintoch is back--and heading for Ireland--in this thrilling new novel in the series called exotically absorbing and culturally colorful by The Midwest Book Review.

Author Notes

Lyn Hamilton was born on August 6, 1944. She attended the University of Toronto. She worked in communications in both the public and private sectors before publishing her first novel at the age of 50. She was director of the Cultural Programs Branch for the province of Ontario and director of public affairs for the Canadian Opera Company. She taught mystery writing for the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Her first novel, The Xibalba Murders, was published in 1997. She wrote the Archaeological Mysteries series. The Celtic Riddle became a made-for-TV movie starring Angela Lansbury. She died of cancer on September 10, 2009 at the age of 65.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Late Irish business magnate Eamon Byrne speaks to his dysfunctional family from beyond the grave and presents them with a treasure map of sorts. Speaking on videotape at the reading of his will, Byrne attempts to force his family to work together by giving each one a line from an ancient Celtic epic poem. Taken together, the lines lead to a great treasure, which can only be found if the family pulls together and shares the clues. Drawn into this mess are Lara McClintoch, a Toronto antique dealer, and her associate Alex Stewart, who become involved in the treasure hunt as a lark and as an excuse to explore the lovely County Kerry countryside. When the hunt turns deadly, amateur sleuths Lara and Alex can't resist the temptation to ferret out the killer. This is the fourth "archaeological mystery" from Hamilton, and it is funny, cleverly plotted, and rich in ancient Celtic lore. A rewarding change of pace for mystery fans. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

Toronto antiques dealer and amateur sleuth Lara McClintock (The Moche Warrior) accompanies co-worker Alex -and two other friends - to Ireland for the reading of a video will. Alex's bequest is a cliff-top cottage and one of seven clues that, if put together, lead to an "item of great value." Depairing of the teamwork needed from the deceased's greedy and dysfunctional family, Alex and Lara determined to find so-called treasure, spurred on by the suspicious deaths of a servant and gardener. The well-drawn characters' foray through Irish countryside and Celtic myth willdelight readers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.