Mystery in the Keweenaw Peninsula
by D.J. Martin

"Then she saw the reflection of the knife and closed her eyes. She didn't want to see anymore. He said she could trust him."

Although an amateur, Jane is passionate about archaeology and understands the dig process. When a volunteer opportunity is available for her to help excavate ghost towns in Michigan, she welcomes the chance to take a break from teaching history. Leaving her husband behind, Jane meets many like-minded individuals and heads off to the university dorms where the archaeological dig team will be stationed. What others don't know about Jane, and what she barely understands herself, is that she has whispers of clairvoyance; she can sense danger and get a general read on people's intentions. Under the guidance of Joyce, a family friend, Jane uses the trip to help herself become more attuned to her abilities, focusing on reading the auras of the other volunteers. She never, however, expected to communicate with a spirit nor find herself mixed up with murders, past and present.

Martin's book has many elements of classic adventure: hidden treasures, mysteries to solve, and greedy villains willing to go to any length to get what they want. What Martin adds to this formula is a smart heroine with extraordinary, though untested, powers and a fearless pursuit of the truth. The small group of volunteers she is partnered with add personality to the story and allow Jane access to resources to help her unravel the mystery. Also, their friendships make the peril facing the group resonate emotionally. The story unfolds in a linear fashion without ever confusing the reader, and the pace of the writing is quicker than the 335 pages suggest. Making an exception for the half dozen grammatical mistakes, including two in the author's blurb, the writing is clear, simple, and in pursuit of the plot. If you are looking for an archaeological adventure and enjoy plucky heroines, this is one you should consider.

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