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Olmec Obituary : Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Series: Book 1 - L.J.M. Owen

Olmec Obituary

Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Series: Book 1

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Published: 1st August 2016
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Archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Pimms thoroughly enjoys digging up old skeletons.

But when she is called home from Egypt after a family loss, she has to sacrifice her passions for the sake of those around her.

Attempting to settle into her new role as a librarian, while also missing her boyfriend, Elizabeth is distracted from her woes by a new mystery: a royal Olmec cemetery, discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, with a 3000-year-old ballplayer who just might be a woman.

She soon discovers there are more skeletons to deal with than those covered in dirt and dust.

Suitable for readers young and old, Olmec Obituary is the first novel in a delightful cosy crime series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

About the Author

Descended from families strung along the Atlantic fringe, including Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Spain, L.J. currently lives in Australia. Trained in archaeology and librarianship, with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J.’s interests include writing, ancient cultures and existentialism. L.J.'s first novel, Olmec Obituary, opens the archaeological mystery series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Recipes featured in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.

A limited edition first run of Olmec was crowd-funded via Kickstarter in early 2015. In November 2015 Echo Publishing will release Olmec in bookstores across Australia and New Zealand, as well as online. The Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series. Really cold cases

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  • Engaging characters (6)
  • Page turner (4)
  • Suspenseful (4)
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4.0

an excellent debut novel

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Olmec Obituary:

    Olmec Obituary is the first book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth series by Australian author, L J M Owen. Like her grandfather and father before her, Elizabeth Pimms is a librarian. It may be a wonderful profession, but it's not her career of choice: before the sudden death of her father, Dr Pimms was pursuing her life's aspiration as an archaeologist in Egypt, with Luke, the man of her dreams; now, Luke is at a dig in Mexico and Elizabeth is in Canberra, providing a steady income to support her siblings.

    Even though she has made some friends at the library, when an archaeologist from her honours year gets in touch with an interesting proposition, Elizabeth is intrigued. Juan may not have been most reliable student, but the chance to analyse skeletal remains from a royal Olmec cemetery is irresistible. Juan's supervisor, Dr Carl Schmidt has promised to credit her on the paper he will soon publish, so Elizabeth is happy to spend her Saturdays working on the bones. But Elizabeth uncovers a few anomalies, and Dr Schmidt's reaction is unexpected.

    Two narratives tell the story: during 1231 BCE, the circumstances leading to the deaths of Imox, Ix, Tzkin and their children are revealed; in the present day, Elizabeth explores the 3000 year-old mystery of seventeen skeletons. Owen effectively conveys the challenge and frustration of investigating the deaths at a remove of both distance and time (rather a lot of it!). Much interesting information about archaeology and Mesoamerican people is subtly included, although there are also undisguised info dumps where one character enlightens another. After all, dental non-metrics are not something one encounters on a daily basis!

    For much of the book, despite unfailing moral support from her grandparents and friends, Dr Pimms presents as a rather spoiled young woman wallowing in self-pity; luckily, over the last fifty pages, she stops assuming certain things, accepts her error and shows some maturity. Elizabeth is endowed

     
    5.0

    Grabbed me from the start

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    from Adelaide

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters

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      Comments about Olmec Obituary:

      I found the story grabbed me from the very start. Opened page 1 on a flight to Sydney and I was surprised that we appeared to get there so quickly and I had to put it away to disembark. Easy to read and easy to understand even though I'm not an archaeologist. Characters were engaging and real. I love a good mystery and this didn't disappoint. I am looking forward to Book #2 in the series.

       
      5.0

      Refreshing read

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      from Canberra

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      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
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      • Well Written

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          Comments about Olmec Obituary:

          This is such a refreshing read which weaves the past and present effortlessly. Setting little enticing plots along the way and at the same time providing a rich history lesson. The story cleverly moves back and forth between the present and past with mysteries and conspiracies in both. The many threads intertwined in this novel are subtle and sow the seeds and interest to discover more in this novel and the ones to come. If you enjoy a mystery that paints vivid pictures and like to learn along the way you will enjoy this book. Setting the present day in Canberra a most welcome and popular choice. Loved it and looking forward to more.

           
          5.0

          Cosy mystery

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          from Brisbane

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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              Comments about Olmec Obituary:

              Loved it and couldn't put it down! Enjoyed the archaeological detail gently woven through the story. Not an area I previously knew much about but it was very easy to follow. Also very much enjoyed knowing that Olmec is a first instalment and that a series will follow - can't wait to get to know Dr Pimms and her family more.

               
              5.0

              Great cozy mystery with a bit extra

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              from Australia

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Engaging Characters

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                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about Olmec Obituary:

                I love cozy mysteries so this is perfect. I got a copy of this for the holidays. I read it in 2 nights and I love it. Exactly what it said on the cover. Skeletons and soup and libraries and it was hard to work out the answer. I was annoyed it was the only one as not all the mysteries are answered by the end. My cousin whose 15 is reading it now and said she likes it too.

                 
                5.0

                Loved it

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Suspenseful
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Travel Reading
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about Olmec Obituary:

                  I love this book but it is a mystery like Agatha Christie or Midsomer Murder where you have to think to work out what is going on. I like stories that you have to concentrate on so when you read the book again all the clues are there. I think only people who like to think about things will like this book. It's the kind of book my sister and some friends won't like because they like romance, so if you are looking for easy or romance this probably not a book for you. But if you like interesting facts or history you will probably like it like me.

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                  ISBN: 9781760404093
                  ISBN-10: 1760404098
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 272
                  Published: 1st August 2016
                  Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Australia
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6