The Thai Amulet

The Thai Amulet

by Lyn Hamilton

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The Thai Amulet by Lyn Hamilton

When Will Beauchamp locked the door of his antique shop in Bangkok for the last time and quietly disappeared, he left behind a family in Toronto and a lot of questions. When fellow antiques dealer Lara McClintoch tries to find him in Thailand, she faces suspicion and deceit. Did Will run away? Was he involved in corruption? Why was he fascinated by an old murder case? Now people he knew are under attack. Lara regrets she started this search, but she won’t stop looking.

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BN ID: 2940045353304
Publisher: Bev Editions
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Series: Lara McClintoch Archaeological Mysteries
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 611,537
File size: 351 KB

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 Thai Amulet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Lara McClintoch, the series protagonist, is a Toronto antique dealer who specializes in ancient artifacts-a wonderful excuse for globe-trotting to exotic places. In this outing, Lara travels to Bangkok, Thailand in search of treasures... and something else. A fellow antique dealer, William Beauchamp, has gone missing in Thailand, and his wife Natalie convinces Lara to try to find out what happened to him. It seems likely that William is dead, but Natalie would rather know for sure. Conveniently, Lara's niece Jennifer is in Thailand, too, meeting her young man's family. Chat's family is quite prominent and very wealthy, so Lara and Jennifer have the finest of accommodations in one of the Chaiwong family's homes. In her search for Beauchamp, she has precious little to go on, but she bumps along, soon discovering that Beauchamp was involved in something very sinister, something with roots in the distant past. Throughout The Thai Amulet, a parallel-and true-story from 16th Century Thailand is interwoven with the contemporary mystery. Lyn Hamilton did a masterful job of blending the two. In lesser hands, the juxtaposition might not have worked. The author also makes it easier for the reader to keep track of the unfamiliar (to me) names of the people from both centuries by including a list of characters in the book's first few pages, and explaining their relationships. I had not read any of Lyn Hamilton's mysteries before, but my enjoyment of the story was not diminished by not knowing Lara McClintoch's history. I thought the writing was top-notch, the characters interesting and unusual. The plot moved along nicely and all threads came together at the end. I tend to like mysteries in which an old mystery is dusted off and solved, and The Thai Amulet is right up there on my list of favorites. I can't think of a single thing I'd change and can highly recommend it. First published in Mystery News, June-July 2003 edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another exciting story set in a fabulous location.
PageSlave More than 1 year ago
Like the oriental art in this book the mysteries (yes, there is more than one) are steeped in spice and exotic flavor. Lyn Hamilton's descriptions of Bangkok and surrounds are vivid enough that I could hear the clamor of traffic, fell the heat and the smell the ginger and jasmine. I always enjoy the way the past and the present are blended to set the scenes and advance the plot. This book develops the relationship between Lara and her life partner's daughter Jennifer. Even if you are not an avid fan of the series this book can stand alone without loosing any of the suspenseful thread.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It is the first of Hamilton's books I have purchased and I will certainly pick up the others. The lead is like a young Jessica Fletcher stumbling into a mystery. It is a little difficult to keep all the Thai characters straight but still great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lara McClintoch and her ex-husband Clive Swain are in business together. Why she went into business with her ex-husband, she's not sure, but they get along better as business partners than marriage partners. They own an antique shop called McClintoch and Swain. Lara goes abroad to do the buying. This time, while abroad, she is going to Bangkok, Thailand to visit Jennifer, Rob's daughter, who is there with her boyfriend Chat Chaiwong. Rob, a policeman, is Lara's significant other. Clive asks Lara to look into the disappearance of William Beauchamp. He left his wife, Natalie, and disabled daughter some time ago fleeing to Thailand. He opened an antique shop there. Now, he hasn't been heard from or seen for months. Lara finally agrees and meets with Natalie to get any pertinent information. He sent her some amulets which Lara takes with her. They might help with her inquiries. The many characters she encounters in Thailand, and the many escapades she and Jennifer experience, are very believable and add to the intrique. I think Lyn did a great job at creating the Chaiwong family -- showing their wealth and thus various attitudes throughout the book. She always brings some history into the books as well. This history adds to the story. Most of the books in this series have exotic settings. I know that Lyn does a lot of research and it shows in the great descriptions and knowledge of the areas. It makes me feel like I've been there after reading the book. Lara is a great character. She is very well developed and her actions are quite believable. She doesn't do really stupid, dangerous things like some characters. Most her dealings are something a regular person might do. If you like exotic settings, history and mysteries, you'll like her books. I recommend them!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thailand is an exotic place and when William Beauchamp goes there on a buying trip, he sends his wife Natalie a fax saying he is not coming back. Unable to keep the business going and care for her severely handicapped daughter, Natalie sells the store and lives off the profits. Two years later her resources are nearly depleted and Will has gone missing, not seen at his home or store in Bangkok for months. She needs to know if he is alive so she can get a good divorce settlement or dead so she can collect on his insurance. Lara McClintoch, the owner of an antiques store in Toronto, Canada, is going to Thailand on a buying trip and agrees to look into the matter for Natalie. She learns that Will was working on a book about a vicious killing that happened to an American in the 1950¿s but no trace of his computer or manuscript is found. She starts asking questions about Will and the missing manuscript that stirs up some people who want certain skeletons (literally) to stay buried. Lyn Hamilton has written an amateur sleuth tale that shows why visitors are fascinated by Thai culture. The protagonist is like Sherlock Holmes on the hunt and when she picks up the scent she stays with it even if it means making people uncomfortable. THE THAI AMULET is a fascinating tale about greed, treachery, betrayal and murder, and readers won¿t rest until they find out what happened to Will and why. Harriet Klausner