I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, but I think this is the best so far. It was a little slow to start, but quickly got down to business and it's a wonderful and educational addition to the series. As with most series, it's best to read them in order just for the back story, but this one will keep you entertained.
A lively blend of mystery, history, and romance
Lyn Hamilton's archaeological mystery series has her protagonist travelling the world and includes a lot of fascinating information about various cultures.
Antiques dealer Lara McClintock meets some old friends from college - the Davenport Divas - and ends up at a museum exhibition where she unexpectedly runs into some other college friends. The exhibition is for the Magyar Venus, a prehistoric carving, and some really odd things happen during the event. What's behind the later suicide of one of the Divas? Is the carving real? Is the provenance real? Lara travels to Hungary and starts checking it out. I have to admit I have not really enjoyed the last couple of these books. To me the plot drags and there are too many coincidences. Seems like I also remember infodumps, where the whole thing grinds to a halt while a character explains something for the reader's benefit. But the characters are well developed, there's enough backstory to keep them moving along like real people, and Lara gets to a different country every outing. I won't be reading any more in the series, but if someone had an interest in antiques and exotic locales they could do worse than check out this series.
The saga of Lara McClintoch, the Toronto antiquities dealer continues with this adventure in Hungary. Down in the dumps after splitting from her life partner Lara runs into some old friends from college. They talk her into going to a museum opening where she chances upon her college love. The man is using a different name and reveals the story of a beautiful artifact from Paleolithic times named the Magyar Venus. Before the night is over Lara witnesses a couple of disturbing scenes involving her fiends and one of them commits suicide. Before long Lara and the other women are on their way to Hungary to check the provenance of the figure. The other women have revenge in mind while Lara seeks the truth both about the figure and the man from her past. Not as convoluted as some of the other stories in the series it does, however, reveal more about Lara and her life.
this series gets better and better, if that's at all possible. Another can't put down book in the archaeological mysteries - great mysteries that let you travel through the past and around the world. What more could you ask for?