Book Review: Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth #1) by L. J. M. Owen

Posted August 15, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in Books, COYER Summer Vacation, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth #1) by L. J. M. OwenOlmec Obituary by L.J.M. Owen
Series: Dr Pimms Intermillennial Sleuth #1
Published by Echo Publishing on August 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Crime
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 9781760404093
ASIN: B01610FEE4
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation
Buy on: Amazon

Archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Pimms thoroughly enjoys digging up old skeletons.

But when she is called home from Egypt after a family loss, she has to sacrifice her passions for the sake of those around her.

Attempting to settle into her new role as a librarian, while also missing her boyfriend, Elizabeth is distracted from her woes by a new mystery: a royal Olmec cemetery, discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, with a 3000-year-old ballplayer who just might be a woman.

She soon discovers there are more skeletons to deal with than those covered in dirt and dust.

Suitable for readers young and old, Olmec Obituary is the first novel in a delightful cosy crime series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

I received Olmec Obituary from the publisher via Netgalley. It’s an archeological crime thriller written by L. J. M. Owen that is told from two points of view. One is from a family that lived in ancient Mexico over 3200 years ago. Another is through the eyes of Dr. Elizabeth Pimms. Pimms is an archeologist living in Australia, who is forced to return home from Egypt after the death of her father. Once back home, Elizabeth begins working as a librarian in Canberra when she gets the offer of a lifetime.

The overall mystery of what became of a 3200-year-old ballplayer was pretty interesting, and unfolded in a great way. I loved getting a glimpse of Olmec life, while Elizabeth worked to uncover the mystery. The archeological clues and they way she worked on the case reminded me a lot of Bones, which used to be one of my favorite tv shows. I still like it, but haven’t watched it in a while, so this mystery was fun to read. However, I didn’t like the main character.

I found Elizabeth to be a spoiled, cry-baby that moped throughout the book over having to care for her family. I also couldn’t stand how blindly she went on about her boyfriend, though blindness wasn’t just restricted to him. Elizabeth was so self-involved, that she never seem to really seer understand anyone around her. My dislike for this character made reading difficult at times, despite liking many of the other characters in the novel.

Excluding Elizabeth I really enjoyed the story, but feel that the ending left too many loose ends. I don’t mind reading series, but I hate feeling forced to. By the end of the book, there seemed to be several open mysteries in Elizabeth’s life. I don’t think her relationship with her boyfriend is what she believes it to be. I also felt as if Owen was setting up a new love interest for Elizabeth, that never really went anywhere. Plus, there was still the mystery of why one of Elizabeth’s co-workers seems to hate her so much. I assume these loose ends will be tied up in the next mystery, but I doubt I will read it. I just don’t think I can take any more of Elizabeth’s crying.

About L.J.M. Owen

Descended from families strung along the Atlantic fringe, including Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Spain, L.J. currently lives in Australia.

Trained in archaeology and librarianship, with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J.’s interests include writing, ancient cultures and existentialism.

L.J.’s first novel, Olmec Obituary, opens the archaeological mystery series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Recipes featured in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.


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2 responses to “Book Review: Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth #1) by L. J. M. Owen

    • @Angelized_1st

      I just can’t deal with the main character. IF she was written differently, I definitely would pick up the next novel. If you check it out, I’d love to read your take on it.

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