• Title: The Xibalba Murders
  • Author: Lyn Hamilton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Xibalba Murders Lara McClintoch her marriage ended and her antiques business sold eagerly embarks on a trip to Mexico to help an old friend solve a mystery On arrival her friend puts off their meeting and then dis
    Lara McClintoch, her marriage ended and her antiques business sold, eagerly embarks on a trip to Mexico to help an old friend solve a mystery On arrival, her friend puts off their meeting and then disappears After Lara witnesses a brazen robbery of a valuable statue of the ancient Mayan civilization and stumbles on a corpse in a museum of antiquities, she becomes a policLara McClintoch, her marriage ended and her antiques business sold, eagerly embarks on a trip to Mexico to help an old friend solve a mystery On arrival, her friend puts off their meeting and then disappears After Lara witnesses a brazen robbery of a valuable statue of the ancient Mayan civilization and stumbles on a corpse in a museum of antiquities, she becomes a police suspect Afraid of the police and unsure whom to trust, Lara follows clues pointing to black marketeers and zealous revolutionaries This dangerous trail takes her to remote archaeological ruins, lush jungles, and bustling streets filled with revelers Lara engages in a thrilling battle of wits and courage to unmask a killer and stop a tomb robber in the shadowy world of Xibalba, the Lords of Death.

    One Reply to “The Xibalba Murders”

    1. I need to mention I received this book from GoodReads giveaways.A Canadian store owner Lara McClintoch is recently divorced. It seems to me lately having a main heroine suffering from a bitter divorce, but always finding tall, dark, and handsome guy (or looking for him really hard) is a necessary part of the book to be qualified as cozy mystery. I have a really hard time trying to picture Miss Marple searching for the Right Guy, but it did not prevent her from becoming one of the most famous fem [...]

    2. Sadly, Xibalba was only the background color and not the actually murderer (or recipient of victims) and the plot was pretty easy to unravel (for me, not the dumbass doing the investigating) but this was still a moderately entertaining mystery. I appreciated the effort the author made to incorporate the Mayan calender and it was nice to have an archaeological mystery set in Mexico rather than the over-played Egypt.

    3. Number one in the Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery series, takes our heroine from her home in Toronto to the Yucatan peninsula. Lara’s marriage has ended and she’s lost her business, so when a former teacher and mentor calls and asks her to come to Merida, Mexico to help him with an important new discovery, she jumps at the chance. But Dr Hernan Castillo is killed before she can meet with him and now she’s a suspect in his murder. She doesn’t know whom to trust, but is certain if sh [...]

    4. This book was little more then OK, I didn't care to much for any of the characters, because we hardly got to know any of them and the heroine made way too many bad personal decisions (view spoiler)[She blames her ex for her trip to Mexico, and we see by the end of the novel that he is not a sterling character, but she married him and stayed married too long by her own admission. The next guy she gets involved with, I had long pegged as the villain of the book, he tries to kill her, she's saved b [...]

    5. BORING! BORING! BORING! Need I say more? Well I will anyway.This is dry as dirt and it gets so bogged down in explaining the intricasies of the Mayan calendar that you actually lose sight of the storyline. Too much information that really isn't necessary to solving the murder mystery. I had to force myself to continue to read and to finish this book. I should have followed my instincts and put it down after the first 50 pages of tedious writing.

    6. Entertaining archaeological mystery set in the Yucatan. I liked the twist at the end, except (view spoiler)[I wish that the fate of the Smoking Frog (love that name!) codex was dealt with a little better (hide spoiler)]

    7. Every time I read something like this I pause somewhere along the line (perhaps more than once) and say to myself, gosh, this is an enjoyable reading experience, and I'd love to go for lunch with the protagonist. This one also grew on me as I read it, and I liked it (as well as the protagonist) more as I went along. I began reading it on my phone at odd moments, but at some point near the middle I noticed I was having more than the usual number of odd moments, and finally decided to dive in whol [...]

    8. Why do all of these kinds of Cozy Mystery stories all have women who think they are the best people to solve murders, or that they are the only ones who can discover the facts of what is going on and solve all of the clues? They do dumb things and risk their lives and everything turn out well in the end. Is this reality? As for the story. It was okay. I liked some of the characters very much and thought some of them were just too "much". What I liked best was the information on the Maya. I thoug [...]

    9. Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch goes to Mexico at the calling of her local expert, Dr. Hernan Castillo Rivera, because he tells her there is an important archaeological dig going on that may result in some new finds for her shop.Almost immediately after Lara's arrival, Castillo Rivera disappears and Lara finds herself drawn into intrigue not only surrounding the archaeological site but also the museum for which Castillo Rivera was once the director.I began to suspect the "whodunnit" at about the [...]

    10. A very interesting murder mystery involving the MayaCulture.Lara McClinton was forced to sell her antique designshop due to a divorce. She enrolled in college tostudy the ancient Maya. While on break a friend contactsher to come to Mexico. He is an archaeologist andwants to consult her on a discovery.Disappearance, murder, archeological digs, Xibalba who isthe Lord of Death, lush jungles, writing rabbits, robberyof a statue, revolutionary forces, black marketeers plussuspense, drama, danger and [...]

    11. Antiques and archaeology are not quite the same thing; however this intelligent and interesting mystery takes a Toronto antique shop owner with a love of ancient cultures and embroils her in ill deeds in Mexico. I like the way that we are told a good deal of landscape, culture and history through the tale, and see different sides of life. There might be more climbing out of windows in the dark than seems realistic, but I've never been there so it may be accurate. This is the first in a series an [...]

    12. This was a decent mystery chock full of interesting Maya history and culture. Things fell into place a bit too easily for our heroine and I had most of it figured out by the end - something I can rarely do when reading mysteries - but the historical aspect of it made it worth the read, although the whole Maya calendar bit got old pretty quickly. It was interesting but just too coincidental that the day never failed to bring exactly what it was meant to and that she seemed to have the calendar me [...]

    13. This was boring and lacked any personality. I already have the second one (which is a bit better, according to the reviews), but I won't be rushing to read it.

    14. This series was recommended to me recently because of my interest in archaeology and my love of reading mystery series. Since this is billed as an archaeological mystery series, it certainly seemed like the perfect fit.The Xibalba Murders, the first book in the series, seemed especially promising since it is set in Mexico and involves a mystery about a Mayan artifact and archeological dig. I've been fascinated by Mayan history ever since my long ago college days when I did a research paper about [...]

    15. Initially I picked up The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton for two reasons: 1) It's got a lovely "X" right there at the beginning and that knocks off a rather difficult letter for the Alphabet Soup Challenge and 2) It's set in Mexico, so it works for the Around the World Challenge. It also counts for a whole boatload of other challenges, so I thought it was all good. But geez, Louise, it was difficult to finish this rather blah, rather predictable book. First problem: It's written in the first pe [...]

    16. Description- Lara McClintoch, her marriage ended and her antiques business sold, eagerly embarks on a trip to Mexico to help an old friend solve a mystery. On arrival, her friend puts off their meeting and then disappears. After Lara witnesses a brazen robbery of a valuable statue of the ancient Mayan civilization and stumbles on a corpse in a museum of antiquities, she becomes a police suspect. Afraid of the police and unsure whom to trust, Lara follows clues pointing to black marketeers and ze [...]

    17. I must admit that although the blurb seemed intriguing enough I only picked up this book because I need an X title for my A to Z Challenge. I thought that it would be a fun challenge but now it seems wrong somehow to spend my time reading books just because I need to strike out a letter. Having said that, it doesn't mean I wasted my time by reading this, there were good things and bad things. The good things first, it was refreshing to read a book set in Mexico and about Mexican history. Since M [...]

    18. I am so excited to have discovered this series of archaeological mysteries by Lyn Hamilton.In THE XIBALBA MURDERS, Lara McClintoch has just gotten divorced from Clive Swain who forced her to sell her beloved antique/design shop so he could make a grab for all she has. She decides to enroll in college to study the ancient Maya. As her university break begins, Lara receives a mysterious call from an old friend who is an archaeologist in Mexico. He wants her to come help him find "what the rabbit w [...]

    19. Lara is obsessed with the Mayan culture. She loves finding rare and beautiful artifacts. She has just sold her Toronto antiquities store and is unsure of the direction her life will take. Then she receives a cryptic phone call from Dr. Hernan Castillo, an expert in Mayan history, to help him with a mysterious project. But when she arrives in Mérida the good doctor is nowhere to be found --until his lifeless body is found in his office.Lara knows she must retrace the doctor's steps to find out w [...]

    20. I highly enjoyed this first novel in this series. If I guessed the bad guy early on, it did not diminish my enjoyment of the detailed Mayan mythology and history, the artifacts, the setting, and the story. The main character was interesting, engaging, and complex and the writing style was good. I will definitely read more of this series.

    21. Hm. Well, not terrific. This series has come highly recommended by several folk whose opinions more often than not coincide with mine. I will therefore have a look at the next in this series, but this first one is not impressive. The identity of the Bad Guy was obvious from the very first meeting; there is considerable foolish, ham-handed exposition (e.g.: our heroine, a grad student in MesoAmerican studies, has also lived in Merida in the past, yet we have a scene with an archaeologist explaini [...]

    22. Several books in Lyn Hamilton's “archeological mysteries” series have been on my to-be-read list for some time. Given the titles and blurbs, I was anticipating a well-researched complex mystery, and actually had passed on starting a few times; I assumed that the language and tone would be intimidating.I was wrong. On several levels.In “The Xibalba Murders”, recently divorced and former Toronto-based antiquities businesswoman (she had to sell the business as part of the divorce) Lara McCl [...]

    23. The premise of this book (and I presume the whole series) is mysteries that occur during archeological digs. The main protagonist is the owner of an antiquities store who travels the globe and gets involved in solving the mysteries that occur. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book, partly because I had just read a book that I literally could not put down, partly because it took a bit to get used to the writing style in this book. For example, the author begins a lot of se [...]

    24. Wow! I can’t believe how swiftly this novelist swept me away. The motion chugs along so well on every page, I wonder if Lyn Hamilton paired her manuscript down to these parts or if it was action-packed from the start. She had room to pause now and again for details. A few scenes were glossed over, I’d like to have savoured. Notwithstanding it’s a resounding A+ and for a début novel! I’m also pleased and proud to discover this gifted writer is Canadian. Lyn’s style truly stands out.A t [...]

    25. This is a good cozy mystery, although I lost interest here and there, which is why I gave it 3 stars. Lara McClintoch is a student of the Mayan culture and travels to Mexico at the request of her friend to help him in a mysterious search. Unfortunately he is discovered dead soon after her arrival, so not only is she looking for his killer, but she's also trying to figure out what he had discovered and why he needed her help. I thought the story got bogged down in some of the ancient culture and [...]

    26. Hamilton's details of Mayan history, archaeology, and artifacts are interesting and beautifully woven into the fabric of the mystery, but that said, they rather overshadow everything else (and this is coming from someone who truly has an interest in those details!). In comparison, there was just too little attention to characterization but in the opening pages, and actual action (as opposed to thought or discussion) was so rare and quick that it might be slipped into the space of a paragraph, un [...]

    27. For my A-Z challenge. If it hadn't been for needing this one for the challenge, I wouldn't have finished it. I give it 1.5 stars only because the mystery was ok despite the fact that it took half the book to get going. The main character relied too heavily on her dreams which seemed to be presented as valid as actual Mayan history. I had high hopes for it because I love archealogy, but not sure I'll read another at this point.

    28. OK mystery but fascinating info about Maya culture and history. I had recently watched a program on Chichen Itza (Nat Geo? Science Ch?) with computer generated reconstructions so that made the story more vivid in my mind. Know I had read at least one other book from this series but somehow missed this first book. Can't say this first one made me wild to continue with the series but knowing that later books continue to focus on interesting archaeological topics might just keep me returning.

    29. I did not really care for the writing style of this book. There was too much of the mythical characters and that part really didn't make sense. I had to end up skimming those parts. I really wanted this series to be good, I was looking forward to reading the books set in all the different countries. However, it was not meant to be, I doubt I will read any more of these. I also figured out half of the mystery.

    30. Quite entertaining mystery set in Mexico, with lots of interesting background on Mayan culture. Occasionally a bit too much info dumping, though.

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