I love the balance <b>Lyn Hamilton</b> distributes over her vibrantly archaeological quests: detail when warranted, momentum in between. My sole critique was mumbling about her ex-husband and getting nowhere with Rob. Her first four adventures easily earned 5 stars. I savour reading only one per year or two! What a pity to find that “<b>The Thai Amulet</b>” is my least favourite. It may also be that two years of reading other authors caused an aversion to a faux-pas that might not be new to <b>Lyn</b>. I cannot stand anybody employing “I said” in a sentence that is a query! I prefer not annotating dialogue because speakers should be obvious but at least use “asked” or “wondered” in queries.
<b>Lyn</b> referred to 40 year-olds as if they were elderly, which got my gall. It has dawned on me that she would have been my Mother's age, so perception has changed. Her mid-forties heroine is a favourite trait of this series. Creative storylines abounded with her firsthand Bangkok flavour. Honestly, this was slated for 4 stars until her character acted stupidly: nearly smashing clues out of anger that someone died, while she checked on the welfare of a stranger. Sleuths don't belittle their mission.
I love originality, a switch from typical endings. A missing person is normally brought home. It was an anticlimactic judgement call not to show us the most fascinating person from a local legend. I was caught up in exciting revelations and Lara's well-varied investigating. This mystery about who Rob's daughter, Jennifer was courting is colourful. I loved its expansion to even more compelling stories. Thus 3 stars for that clue-destroying nonsense and not seeing the most explosive storyline through. Also, although they were used, this novel was not really about amulets. I had anticipated quite a surreal atmosphere.