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Maltese Goddess An Archaelogical Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM); Berkley Prime Crime ed edition (March 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425162400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425162408
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I LIKE TO THINK OF myself as an honorable person, but once I've explained to someone slowly, in words of one syllable, why it would be cheaper for them to deal with someone else, then if they insist, I'm as happy as the next person to take their money. Read the first page
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By Carolyn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Lyn Hamilton's first mystery enough to call her "the best Canadian author I've ever read". I admire how she refrains from stating the obvious. This keeps action at the forefront, so stories are full of it. She kept unnecessary dialogue and steps at bay so well; I merely said she could indulge in more description. If the author received these observations of her first work, I praise her for making "The Maltese Goddess" even better!

It contains all the excellent research and cultural flavour I love but this time, she coloured in magnificent description. You accompany the protagonist, Lara, as a newcomer getting to know this island and feel her affection for the hosts and key players. The characters are developed superbly, an achievement in a story with a large quantity who are each distinct. Using students and a passionate teacher to present Malta's ancient history is entertaining and well done. Crazy driving conditions of the country are humorous and really speak to a visitor's awkwardness.

Lyn's work is highly recommended by me again. There is a touch of politics, murder mystery, the exciting elements of old secrets and hidden artifacts, and relationship threads that are particularly complex this time round. Not least, it's a pleasure to acquaint series staples better, like Lara's shop partner and close friend, Alex. Every time I turn Lyn Hamilton pages, I learn even as I am entertained.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7 1999
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Somewhat intrigued by the cover and title, I ended up reading this book and came away disappointed. Already a short book (245 pages), it would have been even shorter had the author left out the pages of interior-design filler material and the constant archaeological lectures of the young man (I forget his name) on Malta. These lectures were the most annoying part of the story; I had the impression the author was copying information out of an encyclopedia and spitting it back out of this convenient character's mouth. Don't waste your time on this one. Tim Thompson
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I like Lyn Hamilton's style of writing, and I like the way she really gives a complete picture of her locales. I like the character of Lara also, and I don't find her coy or pretentious. That said, this isn't the best of these books, but it is worth reading. It fills in the story of how Lyn meets Rob, and how their friendship develops.
The story is slow in some places, and I didn't find a lot intrigue as I have in her other books. I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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