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Book reviews - Curses

Curses


Author: Aaron Elkins
On an archeological excavation in Mexico, the Skeleton Detective must solve an ancient riddle and a modern murder: “A series that never disappoints.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Mayan ruins in the Yucatán . . . a secret room in a tomb . . . age‑old skeletons. To anthropologist Gideon Oliver, the renowned Skeleton Detective, the invitation to join the archaeological excavation of Tlaloc promises two months of paradise on Earth.

That is, until an ancient series of Mayan curses against desecrators of the site is unearthed. When the first one comes to pass (“The bloodsucking kinkajou will come freely among them”), it is taken by all as a practical joke. But by the time the fourth one is apparently consummated (“The one called Xecotcavach will pierce their skulls so that their brains spill onto the earth”), nerves have begun to fray and suspicions and discord are mounting.

The steamy jungles weigh down on the band of eccentric anthropologists as one by one the curses continue to materialize. It takes Gideon’s special talents for deduction—along with the enigmatic insights of Mexico’s one and only Mayan Indian inspector of the state judicial police—to resolve an ancient riddle and a modern, murderous mystery.

Curses! is the 5th book in the Gideon Oliver Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.


US publication: 1989
Detective: Gideon Oliver
Genre: novel