Best Archaeological Mysteries

If you like archaeological mysteries, here I have a few great ones for you reviewed. These types of novels are in fact some of my favorites ever. They usually includes riddles to decipher, mysteries to solve, great descriptions of archaeological sites and a glimpse into a world unknown for the most of us.

If I were young again, I would go to a college where I could learn archaeology, however as there were no courses related to this subject in the college when I graduated, I am left with simply reading about it and dreaming…

Dreaming about exotic places, past times long gone by, following the steps of ancient leaders who were buried surrounded by their treasures, about a light slant on the mystical and esoteric, about strong female archaeologists who

The Last Secret Of The Temple by Paul Sussman
discover and uncover the past.

Come along on a ride with me to reach some of these worlds through the books I’ve read (or are on my wishlist to ‘buy soon’). If you have read archaeological books that are not on this list, feel free to let me know the titles in the Guestbook below (open to anyone, not only to members of this site).

Top 10 Best Archaeological Mysteries

He Shall Thunder in the Sky: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense
By Elizabeth Peters

“Passion among the pyramids.

  • “I have read every one of her books at least 3-4 times each.” – “psychokat”
  • “This book pretty much ties up all of the loose ends in the Amelia Peabody series and there’s a surprising twist at the end.” – Tara McCarthy
  • “The dialogue is wonderful, the plot fascinating, the suspense is palpable, the historical backdrop is magnificent, and the exploration of the themes is masterful.” – Donald Mitchell

The Last Secret of the Temple
By Paul Sussman

In the year 70 AD, as the Romans sacked and destroyed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, a young Jewish boy was hidden away and chosen as the guardian of a great secret.

  • “This book is a very good book with lots of twists and turns in the storyline.” – Brenda Pink
  • “I took more time reading this book than I normally do.” – CharDixon
  • “And it did hold my interest but as the story unfolds you start to realize that it just contains way too many coincidences to be considered a really well-crafted book.” – J. Tomko

The Lost Army of Cambyses
By Paul Sussman

In 523 BC, the Persian pharaoh Cambyses dispatched an army across Egypt’s western desert to destroy the oracle at Siwa.

  • “The author does a great job or intertwining the various characters and subplots in to a very exciting novel with compelling characters.” – Bob Drennan
  • “I found the first half of the book rather slow and boring.” – Jeannie Mancini
  • “This book is perfect for beach reading, which is where I was when I read it.” – Frank J. Konopka

The Labyrinth of Osiris (Yusuf Khalifa, Book 3)
By Paul Sussman

Detective Arieh-Ben Roi of the Jerusalem police is tasked with the investigation into the death of a well-known Israeli journalist, Rivka Kleinberg, who is found brutally murdered in a cathedral in Jerusalem.

  • “I enjoyed reading this book very much…sad that it is Mr Sussman’s last book as I’m a fan of his writings.” – Wickednan
  • “Great writing, interesting and intelligent plot.” – d.i.a.
  • “Not to give away the ending but was very much saddened and joyful.” – JAN PIOTROWSKI

The Hidden Oasis
By Paul Sussman

Freya Hannan arrives in Egypt for the funeral of her elder sister Alex, a desert explorer who has lived in the Middle East for the past fifteen years.

  • “Interesting; also, a good murder mystery.” – Jeanr
  • “Not to mention the fact that the story line and characters lost credibility the more I came across these unfortunate mistakes.” – S. Albenali
  • “If you haven’t read any Sussman books I suggest reading his first two and skipping this one.” – IT Forme

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Book 1)
By Elizabeth Peters

Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father’s fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well.

  • “I loved this book; highly recommend for mystery readers who also enjoy some humor thrown in.” – Ronald L. Zeiler
  • “I read the entire series (unfortunately out of chronological order) and found this first book to be one of my favorites.” – “freyja-j”
  • “I loved reading the book, but the audio is great for times when you can’t pick up a book.” – Carla K. Konrad

The Mummy Case: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Mysteries)
By Elizabeth Peters

Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, has earned the nickname “Father of Curses”—and at Mazghunah he demonstrates why.

  • “This remains one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.” – Yvette
  • “This third book in the Amelia Peabody Emerson series is a great one.” – Avid Reader
  • “Beyond the fact that the baby talk made the book difficult to read, I found it mildly insulting.” – Amy G. Rogers

Lion in the Valley: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Mysteries)
By Elizabeth Peters

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses.

  • “Finally, Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson gets her very own pyramid!” – Nina M. Osier
  • “I enjoyed this book, I have all of her books in this series now, was just missing this and one other.” – mary hamner
  • “I really enjoy the couple’s (mis)adventures and recommend this, or any other book in the series, to readers of all ages and interests.” – Shelley M. Abernathy

Deeds of the Disturber: An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense (Amelia Peabody Mysteries)
By Elizabeth Peters

Can fear kill? There are those who believe so—but Amelia Peabody is skeptical.

  • “Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters is the fifth book in the Amelia Peabody series.” – Christina Lockstein
  • “Ms. Peters has a real knack for characterization.” – S. Schwartz
  • “They are set in Victorian times when there were still very strict rules of etiquette and polite behaviour was the norm.” – J. Chippindale

The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, Book 6)
By Elizabeth Peters

Bestselling author Peters brings back 19th-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her entourage in a delicious caper that digs up mystery in the shadow of the pyramids.

  • “The Amelia Peabody books may or may not be an acquired taste, personally I love them.” – J. Chippindale
  • “In my opinion, THE LAST CAMEL DIED AT NOON is the best of the first six books in the series (the first one did get me hooked).” – Lynne P. Caldwell
  • “A must read for Peters fans.” – Amanda Goodwin

Suggestions of the Best Archaeological Mysteries

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