Gina Miyoko was a police officer for three years before she became a private investigator. She's sure she can find the man stalking her best friend, Rose Delgado. She does, but Cruz Veras is more than a journalist trying to write a story about Rose. He's also an archaeologist in Mexico who knows that Rose, who works for the National Park Service, is scheduled to testify in a case involving stolen antiquities. When Rose is put out of commission, despite Gina's best efforts, Gina goes undercover in place of her friend. With the blessing of Rose's boss, Gina and Cruz head to Mexico, where she will pose as the wealthy girlfriend of a collector and he will act as her bodyguard. Gina counts on the lucky pieces from her Japanese father and Russian mother, but whom can she trust on an expedition into the jungles in search of stolen artifacts? VERDICT Star Wars novel coauthor Bohnhoff (The Last Jedi) pens an action-packed debut mystery straight out of Romancing the Stone or an Indiana Jones adventure. The sexual tension sparks between Gina and Cruz, two well-developed, intriguing characters. Readers of Gigi Pandian's "Jaya Jones" mysteries, or, the gold standard, Elizabeth Peters's mysteries, will relish this fast-paced book.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN
This energetic series launch from bestseller Bohnhoff (The Last Jedi with Michael Reaves) introduces San Francisco PI Gina Miyoko. When Gina’s best friend, National Parks Service operative Rose Delgado, is shot and wounded in the line of duty, she teams with archeologist Cruz Veras to investigate. Their search for answers takes them to Cancún, Mexico, where Gina infiltrates the world of powerful antiquities traffickers and learns of newly discovered ancient cities with relics worth millions on the black market. Once Gina and Cruz travel deep into the jungle, Gina has to rely on her own wits as she tries to figure out who’s responsible for shooting Rose. A tough, sassy, and relatable investigator, Gina drives a Harley, packs a baby blue Magnum, and is trained in the martial arts. Her rich backstory and family life—her father was a San Francisco cop; her mother, a Russian émigré, plies her with oberegi and other good luck charms—adds unusual depth to a fun story. Readers will want to see a lot more of Gina. (Oct.)
The Antiquities Hunter is a great read, with a mystery that kept me guessing. I love feisty Gina Miyoko, I could read her all day! She is intriguing, exciting, witty and cool. Next one please!
A witty and thoroughly engaging page-turner that would make Lara Croft's head spin. Gina Miyoko is a unique, sassy, and very welcome addition to the top rank of fictional private eyes.
Witty, feisty, sassya character to give Philip Marlowe a run for his money any day of the weekGina 'Tink' Miyoko is my new favorite heroine. With whip-smart crackling dialogue and a plot that could turn on a sixpence, this is a fine and exciting debut and a thrilling piece of modern crime writing. Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, I salute you.
Bohnhoff’s The Antiquities Hunter is a fast, fun ride into the fresh world of high stakes, black market artifacts trading. Her cast of fantastically unique characters sucked me in from the start. I especially loved Tinka sharp, witty, but still soft-around-the-edges female protagonist who is tiny but fierceand I can’t wait to see what trouble she gets into next.
Bohnhoff’s The Antiquities Hunter is a wild, breathless ride, a true pager turner. The plot alone, although full of exciting and unexpected turns, isn’t what makes it so compelling. Rather, it’s the energy, humor, and no-nonsense of its lead detective, Gina “Tink” Miyoko, an absolute original, that grounds the story, pulls us in, and makes us care.
Maya Bohnhoff has delivered a delightful mystery with an intrepid heroine who is part female Sam Spade and part Indiana Jones. A page-turner to the very end. A fast-paced, action-packed tale that will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. Sequel, please!
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's The Antiquities Hunter breathes new life into the PI genre. Fast-paced, witty, and full of intrigue, it's a layered mystery with a deeply complicated and memorable main character in Gina Miyoko. Such a terrific ride.
Action-packed. Gina's mixed heritage and insatiable curiosity make her a wildly entertaining character, sure to appeal to fans of Stephanie Plum.
An entertaining debut introducing PI Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko. Gina is a unique series lead, but she sweeps across the pages like an adrenalin-fueled soul sister of Janet Evanovich’s flamboyant characters, presented in an equally biting and outrageous narrative that turns on a dime. A promising start to an exciting new series with plenty of crossover YA appeal.