You know how it is when you just can’t remember the name of an author who writes a series you want to revisit? I sure do! Well, Libby is asking for our help in identifying her lost/misplaced/forgotten author:
Do you know of a book that is about an American woman married to an English man (or perhaps a Scot) who travels to Orkney Islands. There is an archaeological dig going on on one of the other islands which they visit. Of course, there is contention about this and next thing you know the sponsor who is underwriting the cost is murdered. There’s lots of rain, a resident cat that is quite ferocious, the woman and her husband have a dog, she visits a knitting shop on Orkney’s mainland and gets to know some of the locals.
I read this last fall, but didn’t make a note of the title or the author (I thought I could remember – instead I have spent months racking my brain and cruising the internet for possibilities.) I know there are others in the series with this woman (who I’m ashamed to say I can’t remember the name of!) as the detective. Is it possible that this rings a bell with you?
If you think you know who the author Libby is looking for, please post a comment. Thank you!
Was it Jeanne M. Dams Dorothy Martin Mysteries? Watson the dog?
I think I found it. Try The Orkney Scroll in Archaeological Mysteries, No. 10 by Lyn Hamilton. It meets the things you listed above in a book. Amazon.com listed it. Hope this helps!!
Shadows Of Death (Dorothy Martin #14)
by Jeanne M. Dams
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 · rating details · 115 ratings · 19 reviews
Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt go to Orkney in Scotland to see some intriguing Stone Age excavations. When the donor of the dig is found murdered, Dorothy and Alan launch an unofficial investigation into the murder.Some really great characters add to the plot: a crazy feral cat named Roadkill
Description from Goodreads ~
This is the right book. Love this series.
I think that’s “Shadows of Death” by Jeanne Dams.
Libby, I believe you’re looking for Jeanne Dams, one of my favorites!
Lyn Hamilton writes archaelogical mysteries in the Orkneys
It sounds like Lyn Hamilton’s Lara McClintock series!
Oops, that should be McClintoch.
Dorothy Martin perhaps?
Just goggled it..could it be Shadows of Death, Dorothy Martin book 14 by Jeanne M. Dams?
Try Lyn Hamilton. The Orkney Scroll?
Margaret M. says
It is not a series or author I have read, but I asked a friend who enjoys books set in Great Britian and those set around an archaeological theme and he sugested Lyn Hamilton? He mentioned the main character is Canadian and the stories traveled a bit. Hope this helps.
Sounds like the Dorothy Martin series by Jeanne Dams.
I think the author you are seeking is Jeanne M. Dams. The book you read was probably Shadows of Death. Hope this helps. 🙂
Could it be Jeanne E Dams. Her Dorothy Martin series, #14 is about a dig on Orkney Island.
The name of the author is Jeanne M. Dams. She lives in South Bend, Indiana. The American woman married to an Englishman is called Dorothy Martin. The series is set in the Cotswolds.
They maybe the Dorothy Martins mysteries.
Try Shadows of Death by Jeanne M. Dams
Libby may possibly be talking about “The Orkney Scroll”, part of the Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery series by Lyn Hamilton.
The book in question is Shadows of Death by Jeanne M. Dams, part of her Dorothy Martin series. I just caught up on her books last month.
Sherry B says
This sounds very much like a book in the Dorothy Martin series written by Jeanne Dams. The name of the book is Shadows of Death.
It could be The Orkney Scroll by Lyn Hamilton. Here is the link on Amazon: The Orkney Scroll. I hope this helps.
Well I did some investigating once I read this because it sounded interesting. Could it be Shadows of Death by Jeanne M Dams
I think the author could be Sharyn McCrumb. Her “detective” is named Elizabeth MacPherson and she lives in NC, I believe.
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Oh my goodness! Thank you ALL for your comments!
Libby, it looks like it’s either:
Jeanne M. Dams ‘ Shadows of Death
Lyn Hamilton‘s The Orkney Scroll
Ceelee Sunshine says
Shadows of Death has a feral cat in it. That is what tipped me off on the possibility it might be the book you are trying to remember.
I read Lyn Hamilton. Now I’ll have to find some Jeanne M. Dams
Deb B says
Looks like I have a few more mysteries to read. Couldn’t help find the one she was looking for, but thank you to everyone for a whole list of new books.
Wow, you guys are good! ?
Danna - cozy mystery list says
Jazz, they are, aren’t they?!?
Thanks for recommending the Dorothy Martin mysteries. I love mysteries with archaeology and also love Scotland. If anyone else has any other suggestions, I’d appreciate them.
Wow! I’m so glad Libby asked her question and that so many cozy lovers came up with answers. I’ve now added the Dorothy Martin series by Jeanne M. Dams to my TBR list and I’m also going to check out Lyn Hamilton’s “Orkney Scrolls.” Any book with an archaeological theme works for me! Can’t wait to try these new-to-me authors. Thanks ladies!