The writing is OK but the mystery isn't. (Though it's a wee bit better than the Celtic Riddle). The author uses the device of a fictitious piece of Etruscan art to take you on a quick European tour and give you a lesson on antiquities. Unfortunately, she is very bad at story-telling. The plot is a mess. And she is fond of getting rid of good-looking men. The ridiculous last chapter where the mystery is explained should be used as a lesson to writers on how not to solve a mystery.
I enjoyed all of Lyn Hamilton's books and was sad to hear she has passed away. The main character in her books is an antiques' dealer, who travels to many countries in search of something or other, with a good mystery thrown in.
This book didn't really have much to do with archeology. I selected it because most of my favorite authors are between books :) I was disappointed with this one and will not be reading anything else by this author. At some point during the book I became aware that the author was using the word "rather" very frequently and the word "quite" almost as much. It became "rather" distracting - lol.
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