Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Barbara Cleverly's new series

The seventh in Barbara Cleverly's Joe Sandilands series, FOLLY DU JOUR, comes out next month and is closely followed in October by the first in a new series, THE TOMB OF ZEUS. The new series features aspiring archeologist Laetitia Talbot and begins in Crete in 1928.

Book description fron Bantam Dell:
With the same flawless storytelling that earned her the CWA Historical Dagger Award, Barbara Cleverly delivers a dazzling new novel. Sweeping us to the exotic island of Crete in 1928, Cleverly introduces a marvelous new heroine: whip-smart and spirited Laetitia Talbot, an aspiring archaeologist with a passion for adventure–and for the mysteries that only the keenest eyes can see.

Born into a background of British privilege, Laetitia Talbot has been raised to believe there is no field in which she may not excel. She has chosen a career in the male-dominated world of archaeology, but she approaches her first assignment in Crete the only way she knows how–with dash and enthusiasm. Until she enters the Villa Europa, where something is clearly utterly amiss…

Her host, a charismatic archaeologist, is racing to dig up the fabled island’s next great treasure–even, perhaps, the tomb of the King of the Gods, himself. But then a beautiful young woman is found hanged and a golden youth drives his Bugatti over a cliff. From out of the shadows come whispers of past loves, past jealousies, and ancient myths that sound an eerie discord with present events. Letty will need all her determination and knowledge to unravel the secrets beneath the Villa Europa’s roof–and they will lead her into the darkest, most terrifying place of all….

You can also read an extract on the site. I do like the cover on the advance copy...

Currently, there doesn't appear to be a UK publication date but the US edition is listed on at a shade under six pounds.

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