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Even better than "The Xibalba Murders"!
on July 31, 2012
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.