The most recent one I read was a read and review book I received.
A Shadow Away (Alex Cort Adventures Book 1) by Joan K. Lacy
Here's what it's about.
"When British archaeologist Andrew Seaton discovers a jewel-encrusted golden statue, he realizes he may have uncovered the key to the lost city of El Dorado. The statue disappears before he can verify his findings, and Andrew must rely on private detective Alex Cort to recover the prized artifact.
The two men find themselves caught up in a dangerous race against a corrupt colleague and a ruthless art thief who will stop at nothing to claim the statue for themselves.
As each new clue leads them up the Amazon River and deeper into the jungle, they soon discover things are not quite what they appear. When all seems lost, the mystical powers of a beautiful woman guide them out of danger and ultimately to the ruins of an ancient city, where Andrew must right the wrongs he committed in a past life and Alex discovers a secret of his own.
Fans of magical realism authors like Madeleine L’Engle's A Wrinkle in Time; Lisa Tuttle's The Silver Bough; or Sonya Deanna Terry's Epiphany, will love the world of Alex Cort's first adventure. If you're a fan of A Wrinkle in Time, Indiana Jones, and a quest like the Lord of the Rings, the race to the finish will have you clamoring for more."
My thoughts: As the description says, fans of A Wrinkle in Time (me) and Indiana Jones (also me) will like this first in a series book. Alex and Andrew make a great team in finding the missing golden statue of The City of El Dorado. There are great descriptions of the Amazon; trees, rivers, and critters. Also interesting mentions of the different cultures and "superstitions". Throw in another dimension, magic, and maybe reincarnation, bad guys, near misses and you have a really exciting story.
There was a time when I thought about "being an archaeologist". I enjoy stories about interesting finds and movies where people go on "digs" and find really cool stuff. I realized pretty early in my fantasy that there is a lot of sifting of dirt and not finding anything so I dropped that idea. I also like stories and movies with magic and sci fi thrown into the mystery. I enjoyed this first in a series. I like how it ended with Alex being called to investigate a problem with another artifact. It leads you right into Book Two - All Under Heaven. While Book One takes place in the Amazon, Book Two takes place in China. It looks like it is yet to be released and several more books are planned with each taking place in a different country. Looks like an interesting series.
I received a free copy and voluntarily provided a review.