Thursday, September 8, 2011

Anasazi Intrigue- Linda Weaver Clarke


Anasazi Intrigue
Linda Weaver Clarke

This is first in a series of 4 about the adventures of John and Julia Evans. Julia is a newspaper reporter for the town’s local paper, always on the look for that big break and the ‘assignment of a lifetime’. Typically getting the stereotypical ‘fluff’ stories, Julia’s interest is peaked when she finds a number of dead fish and cats killed by cyanide. She is determined to find out what is poisoning the water and who is sneaking up the mountainside to the abandoned mine.

John shares a fondness for archeology with his friend Paul and they have been involved in digging in some local Anasazi archeological sites. Though the site was currently on hold, there were fresh diggings. It is illegal to collect artifacts and keep them, and John and Paul need to find who is up to this recent raid.

Both Julia and John have an investigation to see too, yet each hold out on the other bits of information. John leaving out info so that Julia doesn’t pursue it as a story lead, and Julia not telling John of the dangers she is encountering when those travelling up the mountain find her nosing around.

Mystery and suspense intertwined with fascinating facts about the Anasazi culture! The thing I absolutely loved most about this book was the relationship dynamics between John and Julia. Their relationship with each other symbolized to me a model of what faithful Christian marriages can look like, even 20 years after the ‘newness’ wears off. I loved how Linda Weaver Clarke used descriptions in each chapter of the ebb and flow of John and Julia’s relationship, the physical love for each other, the respect, and the learning to bear one another’s burdens. I also loved how conflict was resolved between the two, showing that even in strong relationships there are problems, yet with God as the center of the relationship, good can come from the resolution.

I am excited to read the rest in this series as I so enjoyed the historical insight behind the Anasazi and the mystery that went along with it. Historical suspenseful fiction, the best of the best!! Add in a strong Christian family and you have a super fantastic story!


12 comments:

  1. That's a great review for a good work Linda. Wishing you the very best in your writing endeavours.

    BLESSINGS.

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  2. Linda's book sounds like a fascinating read with all of the archaeological information with mystery and true love added. Congratulations, Linda!

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  3. What an incredible review and so well deserved for an author who values kindness and connection to others in all she does not just her works of fiction.

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  4. ...and to think I thought it wasn't my kind of story! I should have known that if Linda Weaver Clarke wrote it, I would love it. Time to put it on the top of the list!

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  5. What a great review. Thanks for the shout out about Linda's work. :)

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  6. Great review - I particularly liked the last couple of paragraphs and the parallels you found in the book. =D

    Tina "the Book lady"
    http://familyliteracy2.blogspot.com

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  7. Linda-- I read the review and it is wonderful. You deserved it, too. Congratulations and best wishes for many sales.

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  8. Linda's books are very deserving of high praise. Great review!

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  9. Ohhh, I love books like this! Great review for such an intriguing book. Congratulations.

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  10. Great review. Congratulations and continual success.

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  11. Thanks, Melanie, for such a wonderful review. Your words touched my heart. Why? Because you could understand who my characters were, their beliefs and passions, their innermost feelings. All families have their little spats, etc, but the secret is how to resolve them. Thank you.

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