How many people put a visit to remote and mysterious Easter Island on their life to-do list? Lara McClintoch and her best friend Moira share a yearning to hug one of those famous giant carved heads. But when they get to the island, someone is bumping off members of a strange congress gathered to study local culture. Who has murder on their bucket list? Lara must figure out what the victims have in common as she races against time to stop the killing.
“Vivid descriptions of the terrain, as well as details of the history and cultural evolution of Easter Island’s people, enrich this chatty whodunit... Hamilton...puts a first-class twist on the traditional locked-room mystery.” -Publishers Weekly
“Hamilton makes maximum use of her setting with superb research and lots of local colour. This book is a lot of fun, and should make a great companion for the beach or the pool.” -Globe and Mail
“There’s also the pleasure of spending time with smart, independent, funny Lara who, always keen to travel, is a reliably entertaining instructor in far-flung histories and geographies – useful for the real traveler and perfect for the armchair sort.” -London Free Press
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.read more
Reviews for The Moai Murders
I grabbed this off the shelf because I was on an Easter Island kick. I usually hate starting a series in the middle; I'm kind of obsessive about reading from volume 1. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and I will be looking for the rest of the series.This book was well-written. The characters made sense. They clearly had a history together, and even though I didn't know what that was, the backstory was neither heavy-handed nor too skimpy. I really liked the story. In addition, the setting was well done. I felt like the author had actually spent time on Easter Island, and gotten to know some of the people there and the local culture.Finally, the mystery made sense and was well put-together. There were things that I didn't understand that I put down to weird writing that later turned out to be integral to the plot, and I mean that in a good way. (I can't explain more without spoiling a major plot point.)Definitely a nice, cozy mystery that I enjoyed with tea and a napping dog.read more
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