The Intermillennial Sleuth hits New Orleans in 2016!

for bloggers and reviewers: Your pass to the world of dr pimms

for bloggers and reviewers: Your pass to the world of dr pimms

Love history, mystery, libraries, food and cats? 

Then Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth might be your favourite new archaeological mystery series!


Reader Reviews, Comments and Feedback


"If you like the forensic analysis of KATHY REICHS, the archaeological settings of ELIZABETH PETERS, the light-touch erudition of LINDSEY DAVIS, the historical perspective of JOSEPHINE TEY, or the sheer Australian charm and class of KERRY GREENWOOD, you are going to enjoy this book."

- SARAH BYRNE, at the launch of Olmec Obituary

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An entertaining read full of history & forensics & a good first book of what I believe will be a series of nine! The story centres on a bright young academic who with her combined love of archaeology, libraries & family, embarks on a journey to solve a mystery of the past all the while seeking to establish herself professionally Good writing & an engaging subject if you're into ancient civilisations & puzzle solving


Libraries ACT

"LJM Owen is a Canberran and her references to local landmarks immediately connected me to her book. Living as I do within book tossing distance of Beyond Q bookshop, I could evoke in situ images of the characters meeting to compare notes on the anomalies in the discovery and documentation of the Olmec burial cave." - Libraries ACT


“If you like the forensic analysis of Kathy Reichs, the archaeological settings of Elizabeth Peters, the light-touch erudition of Lindsey Davis, the historical perspective of Josephine Tey, or the sheer Australian charm and class of Kerry Greenwood, you are going to enjoy this.”


Bouchercon Character Silent Auction: An Archaeologist or Librarian Character in Book Three

the 'name a character in book three' pack at the bouchercon silent auction

the 'name a character in book three' pack at the bouchercon silent auction

Purchase the right to name an archaeologist or librarian character in Book Three of the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series at Bouchercon this year.

Alexandrian Athenaeum, the third in a planned series of nine books, will see Australian archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Pimms travel to Egypt to meet a New York librarian and dig for the forgotten history behind an ancient Queen.

With murder, secrets, food, cats and plenty of cups of tea, Dr Pimms has been described as 'the thinking person's cosy mystery'.

The Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series.

Really cold cases.

For Bloggers and Reader/Reviewers

Bloggers and reader/reviewers at Bouchercon 2016 are invited to download copies of Books One and Two in the series from NetGalley.

The books may be found by searching in NetGalley for 'Olmec Obituary' and 'Mayan Mendacity' or via the following links:

NetGalley Olmec Obituary

NetGalley Mayan Mendacity

Find out more about the books below or in this Author Interview...continue reading


Olmec Obituary is the thinking person's cosy mystery.” 


Olmec Obituary, Book One in the Series

Archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Pimms thoroughly enjoys digging up old skeletons.

But when she is called home from Egypt after a family loss, she has to sacrifice her passions for the sake of those around her.

Attempting to settle into her new role as a librarian, while also missing her boyfriend, Elizabeth is distracted from her woes by a new mystery: a royal Olmec cemetery, discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, with a 3000-year-old ballplayer who just might be a woman.

She soon discovers there are more skeletons to deal with than those covered in dirt and dust.

Suitable for readers young and old, Olmec Obituary is the first novel in a delightful cosy crime series.


“If you are a bibliophile, if you love libraries or ancient history, if you are drawn to warm and comforting homes, families, or foods – then you need to read this book.”


Mayan Mendacity, Book Two in the Series

Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle.

What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen?

The bones, along with other remains, are a gift for Elizabeth. But soon the giver reveals his true nature. An enraged colleague then questions Elizabeth’s family history. Elizabeth seeks DNA evidence to put all skeletons to rest.

A pregnant enemy, a crystal skull, a New York foodie, and an intruder in Elizabeth’s phrenic library variously aid or interrupt Elizabeth’s attempts to solve mysteries both ancient and personal.

With archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, Mayan Mendacity takes readers back into the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth.

Really cold cases.


“Elegant and refreshingly different addition to the mystery genre.”


What's the genre?

The Dr Pimms series is reminiscent of lighter works from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction where the reader pitted their skills against the fictional sleuth of the hour. 

Evidence from ancient mysteries is presented in a modern-day setting. The archaeology, ancient history, forensic science and library services described in series are based on significant academic research. Olmec Obituary explores the ancient Olmec culture of Mexico, including the riveting and violent Great Ballgame, while Mayan Mendacity provides a glimpse into the society of the Mayans, including their political system, female rulers and practice of human sacrifice.

With a warm cosy setting, including Elizabeth’s multicultural family, delicious meals, a rambling house and glorious gardens, the series is suitable for new adult readers and up.


“There are no car chases, no raids with guns drawn, no lurid sex scenes. The chase for the truth is an intellectual one; the hunt is for facts, not fabrications.”


Who is Dr Pimms?

The protagonist of the series, Dr Elizabeth Pimms, is a skilled archaeologist, knowledgeable Egyptologist and reluctant librarian at Australia’s Mahony Griffin Library.

Young, curious, intellectual and a touch naïve, from an early age Elizabeth dedicated herself to the exploration of ancient civilisations. She is aided in her voyage of discovery by the machinations of her phrenic library...and a growing sense that all in her world is not as it seems.

About the Author

Dr L.J.M. Owen escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women's history.

A trained archaeologist and qualified librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J. spends as much time as possible creating Dr Pimms' world to provide refuge for bookworms everywhere. Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.

Find out more in this Author Interview...continue reading