The Chinese Alchemist: An Archaeological Mystery

The Chinese Alchemist: An Archaeological Mystery

by Lyn Hamilton

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ISBN-13: 9780425219065
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Series: Archeological Mystery Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Chinese Alchemist: An Archaeological Mystery 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Toronto antiques dealer Lara McClintoch agrees to purchase a Tang silver box for a friend at a New York auction. The box is withdrawn from sale at the last minute, but it later resurfaces at a Beijing auction house. Lara travels to China, but her attempt to purchase the box is again thwarted when the box is stolen from the auction house. As Lara searches for the stolen box, she discovers that someone will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep her from succeeding.One of the things I like about this series is the cultural aspect. Each book takes place in a different country and focuses on that country's cultural history and antiquities. It didn't take me long to realize that this one would be one of my favorites in the series, largely because of the setting. The descriptions of China's cities and cultural artifacts held my interest all the way through. The mystery didn't work for me quite as well as the setting. I liked the atmosphere of suspense, and the feeling that several of the characters might not be what they appeared to be. However, the resolution of the mystery involved several leaps of logic without an adequate foundation.The silver box was somehow tied to the pursuit of immortality, hence the alchemy referred to in the title. It was a poignant read since it was the last book published before the author's death.
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