The Skull Mantra - Eliot Pattison Eliot Pattison's The Skull Mantra is an elegant literary mystery set in contemporary Tibet. This is an unusual setting for a detective novel yet the author fills it with detailed and knowledgeable information of the land, the people, and the religion. The novel can be read for either the mystery or the description of a troubled part of the world and the reader will enjoy both. Recommended for those who lie their thrillers on the exotic side.