The Celtic Riddle - Lyn Hamilton

Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch can't seem to keep out of trouble. What should have been a simple trip to Ireland, to support a friend who is receiving an unexpected inheritance, sees McClintoch enmeshed in family drama, murder and mayhem.

This is the second of Lyn Hamilton's books that I have read and, as with The Xibalba Murders, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hamilton's characters are complex, entertaining and believable -- as are the situations in which she places them.

It is always hard to review a mystery without delivering spoilers. However, this one is especially good; once again, Hamilton surprised me with the "whodunnit."

A bonus is that this book's mystery is based, in part, on an ancient Irish poem called the "Song of Amairgen." From where I sit, Hamilton's clever mixing of ancient history with a modern mystery earns her bonus points!