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Celtic Riddle finalBy Lyn Hamilton

The reading of the last will of wealthy Eamon Byrne sets off a murder spree and a treasure hunt in the Irish countryside, and antiques dealer Lara McClintoch is in the middle of the action. Lara’s friend Alex is one of the beneficiaries of the Will, and she is worried he may be on the murderer’s list.  The Byrne family is feuding and there are hints of a troubled past.  Lara enlists her new Irish friends to help decipher clues based on a poem of mythic Ireland, and risks her own life to follow the clues Byrne left behind.


Praise for The Celtic Riddle:

“Steeped in Irish lore, this multilayered tale will please both puzzle enthusiasts and those who demand a logical but totally surprising solution to a crime.”

Publishers Weekly 

“The fourth outing for Toronto antiques dealer Lara McClintoch is a sparkling classical puzzle mystery…to solve the riddle and locate the treasure and killer Lara has to dig dangerously deep in Eamon’s past as well as Celtic history.  Steeped in Irish lore, this multi-layered tale will please both puzzle enthusiasts and those who demand a logical but totally surprising solution to a crime.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is the fourth ‘archaeological mystery’ form Hamilton, and it is funny, cleverly plotted, and rich in ancient Celtic lore.  A rewarding change of pace for mystery lovers.” —Booklist

“As in earlier Hamilton novels, the key to the present lies not only in the personal histories of those directly involved, but in the entertaining history, even pre-history, of the land itself.  And Lara, with her antique collector’s fascination with the past, is well placed to undertake the unraveling…. The result is a challenging puzzle bolstered by a recognizably human cast of characters – altogether heady stuff for the readers.” London Free Press

“Lara McClintoch, heroine of three other ‘archaeological mysteries’ is back and she comes into her prime in this clever tale set in Ireland’s picturesque County Kerry… as the bodies drop, Lara moves into solve the puzzle. —Globe and Mail

“Like its predecessors, The Celtic Riddle sets out to demonstrate that ancient history is very much alive, and apt to throw mythological monkey wrenches into the present….McClintoch make a no-nonsense, likable heroine…the action moves along smartly, and armchair enthusiasts of archaeology and legend will find the mystic bits lip-smackingly spooky.” —Quill & Quire

“Toronto’s Lyn Hamilton returns with a fourth smooth blend of murder and history.  Globe-trotting antiques dealer Lara McClintoch is at it again, this time running into a mystery about local treasure and murder in County Kerry, Ireland.  It takes all of McClintoch’s savvy wiles to comprehend the riddle of Irish history behind it all.”   —Toronto Star

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