FromNew York Timesbestselling author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, a new private detective seriesfeaturing Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko, whomust go undercover in the Mexican jungle to hunt down a mysterious antiquities dealer.
Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko is not your typical private eye. Armed with a baby blue Magnum, a Harley blessed with Holy Water by her dramatically disposed mother, and a Japanesemingeitucked in her pocket (a good luck charm from her Sherlock Holmes-obsessed father) Tink spends her time sniffing out delinquent dads in the San Francisco Bay area and honing her detective skills.
But when her best friend Rose, an undercover agent, discovers there’s a stalker on her tail, she hires Tink as a bodyguard.Someone must be trying to intimidate Rose and scare her out of testifying in an upcoming case on looted Anasazi artifacts. But when Tink tries to flush-out the stalker, things take a far more dangerous turn.
Now, with a dead black-market dealer and an injured Rose on her hands, Tink must take her best friend’s place and follow the looters’ trail towards a powerful and lucrative antiquities collector in Cancun, Mexico. Equipped with an ingenious disguise and a teasingly coy persona to match, Tink is determined to find out who is behind the attack on Rose and the illegal trafficking of these priceless artifacts. Along the way, she will find help in the most unlikely of partners…
Deep in the jungle and far from civilization, Tink must decide who she can trust as she tries to unearth the ones responsible behind the pilfering and bloodshedand still make it out alive.
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About the Author
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoffis the award-winning author of short fiction that has appeared in publicationssuch asAnalogandInterzone. She has authored a number ofStar Warsnovels, including theNew York TimesbestsellerThe Last Jedi.Maya lives in San Jose, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great mystery! This story held my interest with realistic, well-developed characters that, along with great writing, pushed the story forward. I also love the personalities of all the characters; each one seemed perfectly created for their role in the story. The Antiquities Hunter is an entertaining mystery that holds you in suspense, creates question and wonder, and comes across as believable. This was an easy, enjoyable read, and I highly recommend this book!
I’m a long time fan of Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s work, especially her “alien anthropology” stories, so I was delighted with this mystery that combines suspense, action, a bit of romance, a powerful yet flawed heroine, and a peek into the fascinating world of archaeology and those who either preserve or loot it. The author hits all the right emotional notes, from Gina Miyoko’s mother, a Russian Orthodox witch, to the Society for the Appreciation of Sherlock Holmes, to the sensitive portrayal of the vulnerability of Native artifacts and the black market for stolen treasures, to the skillfully controlled arc of tension. This isn’t an “easy” book in the sense of spoon-feeding the reader or marching from one blandly familiar cliche to the next. Instead, Bohnhoff invites us to engage on many levels with a hugely entertaining story. The result is a tale filled with fresh twists and turns, characters that are original and complicated and very much themselves, not to mention fascinating setting and background material. I was left hungry for more — more Gina Miyoko, but also more archaeology! The usual disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book, but no one bribed me to say anything about it.
There was a lot to like about this series! Nearly all the characters were people of color, the main character was a kick-butt female who both showed emotions and also took no shit, the locations frolicked nicely between the US and South America, which was a treat for the mind. All in all, I'd say this was a great start to a new mystery series I will really enjoy.
All her life, Gina Miyoko has been surrounded by charms and talismans. She has also gotten the not-so-subtle badgering to settle into marriage by friends and family, particularly her mother. Never one to listen to others, Gina has always chosen to forger her own path, which was why she became a P.I. “Kipling had it that he kept ‘six honest serving-men’ who taught him all he knew. Their names were, “What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.” (17) Ever the methodical investigator, Gina has always employed the "stickie" method, in which she uses sticky notes to write down clues and sticks them to a white board. A traditionalist―I like it. She’s almost like an Indiana Jones character. Gina is witty, smart, and wields a mean gun―qualities that were undoubtedly needed for this rather complex case. In fact, it was so complex that you don't completely understand it. Gina was working with a team of field agents in a theft case, which had something to do with ancient artifacts and international spies. The mystery was definitely a puzzling web of intricacy, which was punctuated by strong writing and a tough protagonist; however, the case was so explicitly detailed that you almost lose track. I thought the investigation moved pretty slow, too. I am all for strong female sleuths and interesting mysteries, but I just felt that this story was much too complex and I would've preferred a simpler approach.
New York Times bestselling author, Maya Bohnhoff, has written her first mystery, The Antiquities Hunter, due out October 2, 2018. I thoroughly enjoyed this enthralling mystery, in fact, I was hooked on page one, and quickly found myself engrossed in the search for bad guys and ancient artifacts. Who knew there was a black market for pre-Columbian and Mayan artifacts? Just as stolen art being used to raise money for terrorism, Bohnhoff shows us that historical artifacts are used in this way as well. Gina Miyoko, often called Tink because of the childhood nickname “Tinkerbell”, is a police officer turned private detective who tracks deadbeat dads. Gina’s friend, Rose, is National Park Service agent. Who knew the National Park Service had its own undercover agents for people who steal artifacts from the parks? When it becomes clear that Rose is being stalked and threatened, Gina jumps in to help. Enter Cruz Veras, Ph.D., professor and director of the Instituto Nacional de Aantropoligia e Historia in Mexico. After Rose and Gina are convinced that Cruz is not out to hurt them, and after Cruz is convinced that Rose is not a “crooked agent”, the three team up to find the source of the thefts and damage to historical sites. The book is full of action and suspense that kept me turning digital pages far into the night. I highly recommend The Antiquities Hunter, and I am anxious to read the next book in the series.