Friday, February 2, 2018

Mayan Mendacity - Review


The Second Dr. Pimms Intermillennial Sleuth Mystery

Dr. Pimms is back! Eagerly awaiting the return of her boyfriend, Elizabeth Pimms gets a devastating surprise. Not one to dwell in her sorrows Elizabeth decides to work on the archaeological remains brought to her. This time she has a Mayan mystery to uncover.

A horrific event in the ancient past actuates this story of vengeance. The Mayan culture was a ruthless one filled with violence and L.J.M. Owen does not shy away from the gruesome realities of that time while providing a compelling drama in both time periods. Both stories, that of Mayan Princess Lady Six Sky and modern day Elizabeth Pimms, showcase detailed planning, patience, and revenge by almost all of the characters. Family relations and their dynamics are explored and challenged in both time periods.

I always learn something new when I read a Dr. Pimms mystery, from history and genetics to the modern day culture of Australia and the wonderful food described in delicious detail. I found the Mayan portion fascinating and the parallels between the past and present stories compelling. MAYAN MENDACITY is a riveting novel that kept me reading 'til my bath water was cold!

1 comment:

  1. I agree, the Pimms novels are fascinating, thoroughly researched, and really well constructed. That food, whether it's an Aussie delight or a Welsh family treasure, always makes me hungry. SO glad you're enjoying Owen's books as much as I am, Kathy!! --kate, writing as c. t. collier