The Tomb of Alexander

Written by Séan Hemingway
Review by Jo Ann Butler

Tom Carr is a modern-day archeologist leading a dig in Crete when a delicious new lead is found on an ancient stele. It mentions the long-sought tomb of Alexander the Great, saying that it had been moved from Alexandria by the Roman Emperor – but to where? The rest of the inscription is worn away. Modern technology has transformed the field of archaeology, revealing structures still buried and traces of ancient paint no longer visible to the eye. Carr’s find is scanned, and words once missing point Carr toward the Pantheon in Rome.

And what of a vision described to Carr by a glamorous artist, Victoria Price? She’d been on a museum tour led by Carr when she fainted after “seeing” herself as a grave robber trapped within the tomb of Alexander, surrounded by the famed conqueror’s belongings. She describes an amulet which provides vital clues which send the couple racing from New York and across Europe to find Alexander’s tomb before ruthless grave robbers can beat them to it.

The Tomb of Alexander is the first novel from archeologist and Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Séan Hemingway. This Da Vinci Code-style tale does a fine job of putting the reader in an archaeologist’s shoes, and if you love an entertaining mystery, The Tomb of Alexander is for you.