The Maltese Goddess

The Maltese Goddess

by Lyn Hamilton

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BN ID: 2940044585416
Publisher: Bev Editions
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Series: Lara McClintoch Archaeological Mysteries
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 774,571
File size: 430 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lyn Hamilton (1944-2009) wrote 11 archaeological mystery novels featuring feisty antiques dealer Lara McClintoch. Lyn loved travelling the world and learning about ancient cultures. Both passions are woven into her novels. She lived in Toronto, Canada, and worked in public relations and public service, with a focus on culture and heritage. The Xibalba Murders, first published in 1997, was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel in Canada.

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The Maltese Goddess 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone coined the term "anthropological mystery" for works that use the story to expose the reader to other times and places or the arcana of specialized interests. This is definitely Lyn Hamilton's strong point. It has fascinated me in the five books that I have read by her and I recommend them to anyone who likes this in a mystery. This is wholly a matter of taste -- Jacques Barzun has commented that this annoys him, so I guess he doesn't want to read her books. I bothered, however by the amorality of the book. I don't read Jonathan Gash novels for that reason. WARNING: I'm about to reveal part of the ending. STOP READING NOW if you don't want any sort of a hint. One of the characteristics of mysteries has historically been that they generally take place in a moral universe. The detective is a guardian of moral order either in cooperation with the officials, or as in the case of the "knights in shabby armor" of hardboiled detective novels, in spite of them. I was inspired to write this after watching a television adaptation of a Hercule Poirot story in which he reminds the characters, and the readers/viewers, that it is wrong to murder even a despicable person. Almost every author has a book in which the detective lets the murderer go, but in Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express", the victim was not only a violent criminal, but the law had tried and failed to deal with him. In this case, Hamilton's character lets the murderer go, but I find her reasoning disturbingly shallow. The murderer's reasons simply don't justify the killing. No question but that the victim was a rotten, selfish person, but one can walk away from such people, and certainly should in lieu of murdering them. Especially when one has tacitly encouraged their bad behavior by meekly tolerating it. I'm am too cynical at 50 to be impressed by promises to lead a good life hereafter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Made me feel and see Malta from the comfort of my living room. I absolutely did not see the end coming. I'm hooked on the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After enjoying the author's first book, I found this one extremely disapponting. There was a lot of unnecessary rambling history and tour guide style information that I found quite boring. If you skip over all that, the mystery is mildly interesting. I did find the ending inappropriate and the main character's reaction not believable. I don't recommend this book at all, but based on the previous book, I will be giving the author one more try. JB
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible..i don't understand why this book would be considered a mystery. It was all over the place never making any sense except for the fact that you knew who did it the whole time and dragged on with no real good descriptive understanding of the characters, which to me defines a books quality. I would not recommend this book to anyone and would not read any more of her books because frankly it just wasn't written well.