Long reads

A Wake of Vultures


A murder in a remote African river valley.  Fossil hunters competing to find remains of a rare,  ancient human species.  Palaeontologist Professor Lizzie Lamb and local National Park boss Thomas Nkhoma  join forces to investigate.
Set against a vividly painted African landscape, with walk-on parts for the wildlife, this is more than just a murder mystery, it’s an armchair safari.
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Professor Lamb – Lizzie – has dug up the jawbone of a rare ancient human in a remote African valley. Now the vultures of the fossil-hunting world are flying in, desperate to find more. One of the first to arrive is murdered. Was the ancient jawbone behind the death? Was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man mixed up in something far more disturbing – and dangerous?

The murder is just the beginning. As a wave of crime threatens to engulf the valley, Lizzie is determined to stop it in its tracks with the help of the eccentric boss of the local national park.

  • 256 pages
  • Published in 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-9535418-3-6

The author

Mary Earnshaw is a writer and poet living near England’s north west coast. Her first experience of Africa was with Philips Telecommunications, visiting their facilities in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Since 1993 she has been regularly spending time in Zambia with her archaeologist husband, Professor Larry Barham.  The couple met in Swaziland when Mary was managing camp for an archaeological expedition.