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A Fly Has A Hundred Eyes by Aileen G. Baron
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A Fly Has A Hundred Eyes

by Aileen G. Baron

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This is the first in the Lily Sampson archeological mysteries.

Lily is a graduate student who is working on a dig outside the volatile Jerusalem of 1939, when the eminent archeologist who is directing the dig is murdered, and an amphoriskos, a small, blue, glass vial that Lily had uncovered goes missing.

When Lily is unsatisfied with the response from the police, she begins to search for answers, herself.

With WWII on the horizon,the rich ME in play, and Israelis and Arabs fighting over the land, no one appears to be as they really seem, and Lily is hard-pressed to know who to trust.

This book was a lot of fun. I was reminded of Elizabeth Peters' work, and I think her fans would enjoy this. I must admit, though, I do prefer Peters' character Amelia Peabody. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Dec 31, 2012 |
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It is the summer of 1938 and Jerusalem is in chaos. The atmosphere teems with intrigue as terrorists roam the countryside and the British are losing control of Palestine, even as Europe nervously teeters on the brink of World War II.

Against this backdrop of international tensions, Lily Sampson, an American graduate student, is involved in a dig—an important excavation directed by the eminent British archaeologist, Geoffrey Eastbourne.

As he makes his way to the opening of the Rockefeller Museum, an important member of the dig is murdered. Precious artifacts from the dig are missing, one of which is a beautiful blue glass amphoriskos (a vial about three and a half inches long) which Lily herself had excavated. Upset by this loss, she searches for the vial—enlisting the help of the military attaché of the American consulate.

But when she contacts the British police, they seem evasive and offputting—unable or unwilling either to find the murderer or to look into the theft of the amphoriskos. Lily realizes that she will get no help from them and sets out on her own to find the vial. When she finds the victim’s journal in her tent, she assumes he had left it for her because he feared for his life.

Lily’s adventurous search for information about the murder and the theft of the amphoriskos lead into a labyrinth of extreme danger and intrigue.

This impressive historical mystery novel has already won first place in its category at both the Pikes Peak and Southwest Writers Conferences in 2000.

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