The opportunity to spend some time at an archaeological dig on an Arizona ranch was everything a young graduate student trying to prove herself might want. And it was...until Hank suffered an accident, then disappeared. Suddenly, the guests were eyeing each other - and D. J. - with fear and suspicion. Only the person responsible knew what was going on, and when D. J. got too close to uncovering the truth, she discovered that some of the games being played by the people at the ranch have a deadly intent - and that she might just be the intended.
©1979 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The setting of this novel is fascinating: the desert of the American Southwest, with all of the mystery surrounding the Anasazi and other ancient peoples....Fans will enjoy this work." (Library Journal)
I'd read this before, and had liked the story. I had a hard time with the narrator; she tended to drone a bit; well, if not drone, certainly flat lined a character that I'd imagined to be far more lively. Not a waste.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
Elizabeth Peters a thousand times yes. NOT a fan of Grace Conklin.
As a paper book, yes. As an audio read by Grace Conklin, no.
Her reading infused the main character, D.J., with an offhanded careless attitude.Quick wit but not coming across as putting any thought behind what she said. The voice just really made me dislike the character.
Elizabeth Peters always makes me want to learn more about archeology.
The romance I figured out early. The mystery led me to suspect another person as my main suspect and the real villain second. I like books that keep me guessing, so I was glad the bad guy wasn't the obvious one. I loved that Hank cared for all those animals. Loved the scene toward the end with the mountain lion - except for my concern the mountain lion would get shot. Loved that D.J. tried to climb into the rabbit cage.
Fun, intelligent, engaging
I loved the interplay between DJ and Tom.
She did a wonderful job with the character of DJ.
It's hard to find when you don't know what you're searching for.
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
Good when you don't want to concentrate on the story. Interesting characters and mysterious happenings. Still don't know what it has to do with a dragon though.
thin plot, very poorly characterized; if you're a fan of well written (Crais, Baldacci, Vince Flynn, etc) mysteries, don't waste your time and money.
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