A mystery bookstore might seem an unlikely place for receiving advice a Caribbean vacation, but that is what Dirk Wyle, author of Yucatán Is Murder, will be serving up at the Murder On The Beach bookstore.
“Everyone knows the Mayan Riviera as a great fun-in-the-sun destination," Wyle says, "but fewer know about the pyramids, monuments, cenotes and Mayan and Spanish-colonial history of Yucatan.”
Wyle will make these connections in a slide show at 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 18 (Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach), showing photos and locations of important pyramids and spectacular cenotes.
“Cenotes are water-filled holes and caves in the limestone bedrock that are connected to the peninsula's extensive underground water system," Wyle explains. “They were the source of water that made the Mayan city-states possible.”
After suggesting pyramids to climb and cenotes to swim in, Wyle will sketch out over one-thousand years of Mayan history, making connections to their religion, astronomy, calendar and counting systems. He will explain how knowledge of their glyph writing system was lost with the Spanish conquest and has been restored by scholars in the last several decades. And he will answer practical questions like whether it is best to arrive by cruise ship or airplane.
He will also be available to autograph copies of his mystery-thriller, Yucatán Is Murder, which is the sixth book in his Ben Candidi (PhD)/Rebecca Levis (MD) series. The present-day couple discovers a present-day victim of a murder which has the earmarks of an ancient Mayan rite. Moved by the tears of the mother -- a Maya villager who speaks no Spanish -- and disappointed with lack of interest by the police, the couple investigates, bringing their medical, scientific and cultural-tourist skills to bear.
LOCATION AND TIME:
7:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
273 Pineapple Grove Way
Delray Beach, FL 33444
http://www.dirk-wyle.com/press-s.htm (Press Kit)