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Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Book 1

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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 may have been a woman.

Dr Pimms soon discovers there are more skeletons to deal with than just those covered in dirt…

Suitable for readers young and old, Olmec Obituary is the first novel in a delightful crime series:  Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. 

Really cold cases.


'A cosy and rollicking tale in a sub-genre that is refreshing to see in Australian crime fiction... Through flashes into Olmec’s brutal history, debut author Owen builds the tension in a mystery that is more than 3000 years old.' —Books + Publishing

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The first book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series introduces archaeologist and librarian, Dr Elizabeth Pimms, as she investigates the ancient Olmecs, snuggles with her cats, eats delicious food and struggles with a surprisingly abrasive colleague.

Originally self-published via Kickstarter, Echo Publishing (Bonnier Australia) went on to publish Olmec Obituary in 2015. 

Olmec Obituary was Highly Commended in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

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One Year Ago
Al-Fayum Oasis, Egypt

Pinpoints of light studded the inky sky, taunting Dr Elizabeth Pimms with their stubborn persistence. The distant pyramids were dark triangles of nothingness, made conspicuous by an absence of stars. Sitting cross-legged atop a sand dune, breakfast laid out before her, Elizabeth willed the day to begin…

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Australia and New Zealand

Olmec Obituary is available for purchase at Booktopia, and in all good bookstores across Australia and New Zealand. 


For international purchase with free delivery worldwide, please click through here to Book Depository.


The Dr Pimms series is available in e-book through Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and other regular online booksellers.


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