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The Maltese goddess : an archaeological mystery (original 1998; edition 1998)

by Lyn Hamilton

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Title:The Maltese goddess : an archaeological mystery
Authors:Lyn Hamilton
Info:New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c1998.
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The Maltese Goddess by Lyn Hamilton (1998)

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This is the second volume of the Archaeolgical Mystery series by Lyn Hamilton. Lara McClintoch, co-owner of a Toronto Antique shop is hired by a famous Maltese architect to furnish his new home in Malta. JHe is in a rush as he will be holding an important business party in less than a week. Shipping items from Canada too Malta has become a problem: French transportation strikes and a blizzard threaten. The architect's wife won't be attending the party, so Lara has to go to Malta to prepare the house and organize the furnishings. Upon arrival Lara stays in the nearly empty home. The housekeeper, husband and son help Lara in the preparations. However, despite the beautiful surroundings Lara is feeling very uneasy. Something is seriously wrong. A school Goddess play, Murders, a Canadian Mountie, and political intrigue make Lara's stay anything but relaxing. I enjoyed the beautiful description of Malta and the Goddess temples, the oldest Neolithic temples on earth. Matter of fact, I had to research a bit about these temples. Absolutely amazing I must add. Lots of history and background are woven into this tightly written mystery. It gets a bit too wordy at the end, as the author tries to tie up loose ends. All in all a good read. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | May 10, 2018 |
I like this series. The main character Lara McClintoch is invited to go to Malta to set up a house for a wealthy client who purchased a lot of valuable home furnishings. He is a handsome charming man who made his own fortune in architecture. He is found dead inside a piece of furniture shipped from her store. There is an odd man who arrived on the same plane as Lara and she keeps running into him. She calls him the great white hunter or gwh because of how he dresses. She then finds him dead. This turns out to be a plot by a politician who wants to arrange his superior to die.
  taurus27 | Jan 11, 2017 |
I would give the book 2½ stars partly because this Kindle edition has a few editing errors that were annoying. However, my biggest complaint was the unnecessary 'talk' of the Goddess at the beginning of each chapter -- I liked it at first but it didn't really have anything to do with the story so I lost interest. Much of the history of Malta contained in those section was also presented in the main story line as well so it didn't even have that purpose.

I also found it extremely distracting in the climax of the mystery for the author to suddenly switch from writing in the past tense to present tense (just for that one chapter). ( )
  leslie.98 | May 11, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425162400, Mass Market Paperback)

Lara McClintoch is obsessed with finding rare and beautiful artifacts. Her travels take her to the ends of the earth, where history jealously guards its treasures--and where the mysteries of the past meet the dangers of the present... Lara flies to Malta to personally furnish the home of Toronto's Martin Galea, whose reputation as an architect is rivaled only by his reputation as a womanizer. But when he turns up dead, Lara soon finds out that her client and his new home share a troubled past--a past that stretches back to the ancient world, and reaches out with the insidious hand of modern intrigue...

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Lara McClintoch is obsessed with finding rare and beautiful artifacts. Her travels take her to the ends of the earth, where history jealously guards its treasures and where the mysteries of the past meet the dangers of the present. Lara flies to Malta to personally furnish the home of Toronto's Martin Galea, whose reputation as an architect is rivaled only by his reputation as a womanizer. But when he turns up dead, Lara soon finds out that her client and his new home share a troubled past, a past that stretches back to the ancient world, and reaches out with the insidious hand of modern intrigue.… (more)

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