January 2, 2012

Murder in Lascaux by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden

Terrace Books (University of Wisconsin Press), 2011

284 pages, $26.95 (cloth)

This is the kind of book that you are glad when it is finished. Not because it isn’t good—murder in prehistoric caves, hidden French/German collaboration, endless meals and a cooking school—but because you’ve had enough. The cast of characters is OK and it is interesting how a book written by a couple focuses on the perspective of the female character.

Let me add that the parallels between modern family members and those of the past give the reader some first- hand involvement. And the last sentence of the book is one of the best I have ever read.

Thoroughly researched, I would recommend this for those attracted to historic writing or writing about place. Though there are surprises to keep you wondering, the story lacks a dramatic arc. I fault the fastidiousness of the authors. Had they played even a little looser with events Murder in Lascaux might have proved a more exciting journey.

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