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!Download ♠ Search the Shadows ♧ Who was her father When twenty two year old Haskell Malone accidentally discovers damning proof that the dead war hero whose name she bears is not her father, she is shattered The revelation only confirms the dark fear that has haunted her since childhood In fact, what little she knows about her birth and her mother s subsequent death, is a fragile web of evasions and liesDetermined to expose the truth at any cost, Haskell takes a job at Chicago s famed Oriental Institute in the city where her mother once lived and loved But as she searched the shadows of the past, she finds that the truth can sometimes be deadly Had read it before, but enjoyed it again even though I did vaguely remember the outcome But living in Chicago now and knowing the University of Chicago and its environs gave me extra enjoyment on this re reading, as a large portion of it is set in Chicago and the U of C area Fun mystery about a young woman who sets out to find out about her mother s life and figure out who her biological father was, and about the trouble dragging up the past brings especially among archaeologists. Search the Shadows tells the tale of an orphan who heads to Chicago to discover her her real father was It s a serviceable mystery, but it s not up to the usual high Barbara Michaels standard. Kind of dated, typewriters and telephones, no computers or cell phones, but it s not too glaring The book was written in the 80 s and has a slower feel to it I think it was slower to try to build tension, but it didn t work too well in my opinion The characters were all somewhat two dimensional, but stuck to the tropes from which they came, with the exception of the big bad and the aunt, who was muchprominent in the beginning than she was when the ridiculously named hMC left for Chica Kind of dated, typewriters and telephones, no computers or cell phones, but it s not too glaring The book was written in the 80 s and has a slower feel to it I think it was slower to try to build tension, but it didn t work too well in my opinion The characters were all somewhat two dimensional, but stuck to the tropes from which they came, with the exception of the big bad and the aunt, who was muchprominent in the beginning than she was when the ridiculously named hMC left for Chicago.The romance was predictable, but completely unbelievable Slight spoiler ahead I detest young female protags with a much older man It is skeevy to me Yes, it happens in real life I rather not read it in my fiction Personal pet peeve The love square was rather unnecessary and had me rolling my eyes The hMC was the typical beautiful but didn t know it character Also, all of the other females were either old and beloved, old and sad and frumpy and bitchy or young, only used as a bitchier foil for our hMC to make the rather judgmental and naive hMC appear in a better light It didn t work I didn t really like the hMC or her eventually love interest Slight spoiler, he was too much of a brute who man handled her He s kissing her and causing bruising He has hold of her by the shoulders and gives her a hard shake, causing her head to snap back, IN PUBLIC, the FIRST TIME they meet Hell to the no The best part of this book for me was the writing, specifically the interactions involving our young and naive hMC with an older and wiser female Though in the beginning our hMC had a few zingers, the older and wiser women ruled in my opinion I especially liked Jessie and Aunt E can t recall her full name right now The parts that actually described the work our hMC was doing was very interesting I love research and digging through old books and journals and hunting for treasures in boxes of dusty old junk It sounded heavenly A whole cellar in a mansion of antiquities to sort through and old journals to transcribe, to hunt down when and where each piece was procured Right in my wheelhouse.Imagine how disappointed I was to get banal conversation while our hMC and one of her guys was eating Boooriiiing More boring The mystery about who was her biological father Don t care Give meresearch I wantresearch Stamping foot and pouting, arms crossed Not a bad book, but it doesn t compare to her Houses of Stone , which I enjoyedHad asupernatural feel,danger andexcitement Full disclosure, I skipped from page 280 to about 30 pages to the end because I got too bored to continue reading straight through If I read ONE MORE scene of the hMC and someone else eating, the book was going to be pitched across the room The only exciting part wasn t even exciting, with the fire happening while our hMC was half out of it and therefore was a semi conscious narrator As a result, less than terrifying fire scene and rescue.If you like her other works, you will most likely enjoy this I wasn t thrilled, but it wasn t bad An entertaining way to spend the morning of afternoon Three solid stars I very much enjoyed all the specialized knowledge the author had about Egyptian antiquities It s like this book was a precursor to the Amelia Peabody series but set in modern times I had trouble feeling close to the main character, though the same problem I have with Peabody herself , and found myself also having a bit of trouble believing who she finally hooked up with I saw it coming but couldn t think of a good reason why it should be that particular person I much preferred one of the ot I very much enjoyed all the specialized knowledge the author had about Egyptian antiquities It s like this book was a precursor to the Amelia Peabody series but set in modern times I had trouble feeling close to the main character, though the same problem I have with Peabody herself , and found myself also having a bit of trouble believing who she finally hooked up with I saw it coming but couldn t think of a good reason why it should be that particular person I much preferred one of the other male characters, and even though he wasn t chosen to be the hero, I m also thankful that he wasn t the bad guy That s what usually happens when I like a Barbara Michaels character I had the villain figured out fairly early on but I enjoyed the various red herrings and twists that got in the way of my certainty I would have liked a good bitclosure at the end, though Too much was left in the air with a shrug that could have made for a stronger ending Not sure I d recommend it but it s not awful, just not up to the standards I ve come to expect from other Barbara Michaels books Whenever I m not sure what to read next, I know I can always pick up a Barbara Michaels book and be able to slip right in They re especially good when I m suffering from a book hangover when you finish a book that was so good you couldn t put it down and when you do finish it way too soon you have trouble pulling yourself out of the world of that book , making them, I guess, a good chaser Haskell Maloney has been raised by her aunt, losing her mother when an infant and the man she thought was Whenever I m not sure what to read next, I know I can always pick up a Barbara Michaels book and be able to slip right in They re especially good when I m suffering from a book hangover when you finish a book that was so good you couldn t put it down and when you do finish it way too soon you have trouble pulling yourself out of the world of that book , making them, I guess, a good chaser Haskell Maloney has been raised by her aunt, losing her mother when an infant and the man she thought was her father before she was even born When, as an adult, she discovers that man couldn t possibly be her father, she sets out to solve the mystery of her parentage, going back to the academic world her mother inhabited in her Egyptological studies When researching her origins, she becomes involved with the eccentric, crazy, and sometimes crazed people her mother interacted with in her own youth She also finds that someone doesn t want her to find out who her father was A good suspense with a little romance thrown in and an eclectic cast of characters, this got me through my book hangover admirably Now, what to read next Although I enjoyed the story and mystery, I felt like the book went off on long, detailed, and unneeded storylines The characters were underdeveloped and Michaels conjured romances for the sake of a happy ending To me, a good mystery novel has a sense of ambiguity and lack of knowledge, but Michaels wanted us to know every second of Haskell s day even if it didn t pertain to the central conflict While I was reading, I would forget what her goal also was I did enjoy the references of Egyptolo Although I enjoyed the story and mystery, I felt like the book went off on long, detailed, and unneeded storylines The characters were underdeveloped and Michaels conjured romances for the sake of a happy ending To me, a good mystery novel has a sense of ambiguity and lack of knowledge, but Michaels wanted us to know every second of Haskell s day even if it didn t pertain to the central conflict While I was reading, I would forget what her goal also was I did enjoy the references of Egyptology and archaeology since I studied those topics in my undergraduate career and found it all fascinating I also enjoyed the final scene when we know the truth about her father and mother It was exciting and I wished there werescenes that were as thrilling This isn t a bad book I m not sure if it was the narrator or intentional but there s even humour amid the dark tragedies of secrets meant to stay buried The author even manages a touch of misdirection which actually works A bit top heavy with the he said she said but all iin all not a bad read at all. Amazingly, this is the first Barbara Michaels I ve ever read It was a good page turner, and the mystery was satisfyingly atmospheric in its gothicness and twisty with its misdirection The romance, however, felt sort of tacked on at the end I was pleased to have a romance with an intentionally unlikeable heroine, for a change She s rude and selfish, snide towards all other women, and feels very little sense of guilt over neglecting her relations She also does not hesitate to use any tools av Amazingly, this is the first Barbara Michaels I ve ever read It was a good page turner, and the mystery was satisfyingly atmospheric in its gothicness and twisty with its misdirection The romance, however, felt sort of tacked on at the end I was pleased to have a romance with an intentionally unlikeable heroine, for a change She s rude and selfish, snide towards all other women, and feels very little sense of guilt over neglecting her relations She also does not hesitate to use any tools available to her to achieve her own ends, including people But of course, she is also beautiful and unaware of it, feeling that her dark coloring makes her unattractive in comparison to her fair skinned and fair haired mother This makes pretty much every man she encounters willing to view spoiler literally hide spoiler walk over fire to help her.I read this for the 2017 Romance Bingo It fits the Gothic Romance square, as it has most of the elements of gothic literature, except the usual supernatural one, if you discount several characters who seem to have almost psychic thought connection or leaps of intuition I liked it until the ending, but It is still a read worthy book, I m just very picky personally to give something a lot of praise,ect I like the fact the author was very educated and esp on this subject and after I read it I found out she had passed away