Burial Ground by Malcolm Shuman

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Disclaimer:
This review is based on the reading of the advanced reader’s edition of this novel provided by the publisher via NetGalley. The review, in its entirety, is of my own opinion of the novel.

Synopsis:
Digging for ancient Native American artifacts, an archaeologist finds murder instead

Louisiana’s past is as layered as an onion, with American, French, and Spanish history all resting atop the myriad tribes who have spent millennia on the Mississippi. Alan Graham knows how to peel back the layers. A contract archaeologist in Baton Rouge, he scrapes out a living one dig at a time. Hired by a wealthy landowner to search his property for a cache of long-lost Tunica Indian relics, he expects to find only dirt. But when the client is murdered for his curiosity, Alan knows he is close to the discovery of a lifetime.

To find the artifacts and sniff out the murderer, he must work alongside his competition: the overeducated Yankee Pepper Courtney. As the two dig into the dead man’s past, they find it may be safer to leave some things buried.

Review:
Dr. Alan Graham is a contract archaeologist who is hired by a man named T-Joe Dupont to survey some of his land in search of Indian artifacts where there may have once lived a Tunica village. After the mysterious death of T-Joe Dupont, who was killed after driving into a pole, T-Joe’s son, Willy, contacts Dr. Graham and tells him to continue the survey of the land. The mystery continues as people go missing.

Alan is soon joined by one Dr. P.E. Courtney, a recent Harvard graduate and the newest archaeologist in town, and they begin their adventure for the Tunica Treasure, as well as some answers to the mysterious happenings going on around them.

Burial Ground is a novel that starts as a journey of one man’s search for treasure and ends with another man’s search for the truth. This novel is packed with action and confrontation, and the ending is one that I was not expecting.

Rating:
I gave this novel a solid 3 out of 5. I liked this book and enjoyed the mystery of the events surrounding the search for the Tunica relics, but I felt that there were parts of the novel, such as some character interactions and descriptions, that were a bit boring and added for length—and could have been shortened, or even just omitted.

To whom would you recommend to read this novel:
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy reading a good mystery novel.

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