Human Sacrifice by Cindy L. Hull
When two mysterious deaths occur at a gathering of Mayan scholars, Professor Claire Aguila confronts the possibility that someone close to her might be a murderer. “How many anthropologists usually die at your conferences?” This is the question Detective Roberto Salinas asks Dr. Claire Aguila after two mysterious deaths at a gathering of Maya scholars in Merida, Yucatán. When a souvenir vendor in a nearby town is murdered, the faculty members of the newly formed Keane College Mayanist Program find themselves under scrutiny from Mexican authorities and U.S. Customs agents. Professor Claire Aguila becomes a reluctant police collaborator as she confronts the possibility that someone close to her might be a murderer. Claire’s knowledge of Mayan culture unites her with Detective Salinas in the investigation; however, a long-ago romance with the detective complicates things, forcing Claire’s colleagues to question her loyalties.
“Hull’s decades of extensive research in the Yucatán, and her descriptions of academic shenanigans are on spot.” —JANET G. BRASHLER, Research Associate for Special Collections, Grand Valley State University and President, West Michigan Archaeological Consultants
“A mystery that will keep you guessing. Only a retired cultural anthropologist like Hull with decades of research in the area could so seamlessly weave in the details of fact and fiction into such an intriguing story. You are in for a treat!” —HEATHER VAN WORMER, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University
“This who-dun-it is anything but typical. Rich in Mayan culture, Human Sacrifice whisks you away to another land where suspects are many and murder abounds.”—MARY K EASTMAN, author of Return to Sleeping Bear