Emma Fielding Mystery, Book 1
Synopsis: Brilliant, dedicated, and driven, archaeologist Emma Fielding finds things that have been lost for hundreds of years–and she’s very, very good at it. A soon-to-be-tenured professor of archaeology, she has recently unearthed evidence of a 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body that accompanies it–a corpse washed ashore near the site–has embroiled Emma and her students in a different kind of exploration. With her reputation suddenly in jeopardy–due to the ruthless machinations of a disgruntled rival–and a second suspicious death, heartbreakingly close to home, Emma must unearth a killer among the artifacts. But that means digging deep into her past to dark secrets buried in the heart of the archeological community–which, in turn, could bury Emma Fielding.
Review: I love Dana Cameron’s Fangborn series, so I was curious about her earlier Emma Fielding series. The first couple of books are out of print, but I managed to hunt down a second hand copy of Site Unseen. (Yes, I know: I could have gotten the ebook, but I wanted a print copy.)
When the book arrived I was about to start on another book, but decided to have a peek at the beginning of Site Unseen…
Yup: I got hooked right away and read it immediately instead of letting it wait its turn. It’s that good.
I liked Emma from the start, and soon was rooting for her. The archeological dig she’s working on was very interesting to read about (and having Time Team on in the background helped set the mood, I must say), and when the mystery part kicked in I almost couldn’t put the book down. I had to know what was going on.
This isn’t a fast paced mystery. There’s a slow pace at which things progress, but still I was hooked. Both by the developing story, and the way this book is written.
All in all this is a really enjoyable read, and I will most certainly try to get hold of all books in this series, because I want more.
This book is out of print, but available as ebook here
i guess i will have to hope for a reprint then 😉
thanks for telling us about this series!
Happy you enjoyed it. Not really my thing.
Great when you are hooked on a book from the start like this. I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was little and so books like this always hold a fascination for me.
Chasing after books that are out of print? Now that’s what I call passion! 🙂 Don’t know this author, but she must be good if she has got you scouring the web for her out-of-print work… I’m adding her to my list. Great review, I really enjoyed it.
This isn’t probably my cup of tea, but I’m glad it worked so well for you, Sullivan!
Wow, that’s some dedication. Good thing it paid off! Why is it out of print? Not enough sales?
I’m not sure because it’s slow paced… but I really like the sound of the book so I might give it a shot! Great review 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it.
At first I thought this was meh (because of the cover and summary), but you have intrigued me.
I love that you found this and loved it! Great review!
I always like books that feature archeologists but there aren’t too many of them out there. This looks like a good read. Thanks for the recommendation.
You always find the most interesting books Melliane! When i need some variety i come to you! lovely review 🙂
I have never tried her books
Oh that’s awesome you were able to find a print one 😀 Have totally done that let me just take a quick look and then 300 pages later…oops!
I love archeology based murders. This book really sounds similar to The Finder, a tv show which originated from Bones. He wasn’t an archeologist, but it has a similar theme. I might have to see if this has an audio version.
Ooooh. This does sound like a great mystery. 😀 Thank you for sharing. And bummer that it’s out of print. *sigh* 🙂
Those are the best, aren’t they? The ones that gets you so hooked you don’t even notice the time passing. Lol. Glad you loved this one!
This sounds so good. I love when a story grabs you like that. I am glad it’s at least available as an eBook.
Thanks for the comments everyone.
And I’m guessing it didn’t sell well enough ringer a reprint.
Ringer should be to get…weird auto correct
Haha, sometimes you just have to have a print copy, and ha! Love that you were just having a peak and then HAD to finish it. 😉