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The Tomb of Zeus: A Laetitia Talbot Mystery

Barbara Cleverly, Author . Delta $13 (353p) ISBN 978-0-385-33990-2

Dagger Award–winner Cleverly takes a break from her acclaimed Joe Sandilands series (The Bee's Kiss , etc.) to launch another 1920s series, this time with an amateur sleuth protagonist. Laetitia “Letty” Talbot, a neophyte archeologist, turns detective while visiting Theodore Russell, an authority on Crete's history who's determined to find the tomb of the Greek god Zeus on the island. Letty dislikes Theodore but befriends his frail wife, Phoebe. Soon after, Phoebe hangs herself, an act so out of character that Letty joins forces with the local inspector to probe deeper. When the autopsy reveals that Phoebe was pregnant and Theodore could not have been the father, Letty finds a range of potential suspects in the potential fathers-to-be. A witness to the crime eventually turns up to solve the case, making this less of a puzzler than the Sandilands books, but the crisp writing and depth of characterization should please traditional mystery fans. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/06/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
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