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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 b 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.


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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 b 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    I read and enjoyed this one when it first came out and read it again because I wanted to see what changes were made in the Hallmark Movie based on the book. The book is a lot more complex (no big surprise there) and quite a bit darker. Several key relationships have been changed in the movie, in a couple of cases leaving people alive who are killed off in the book and turning at least one villain into a quasi-friend. As always, movies and books are like apples and oranges, and it's possible to e I read and enjoyed this one when it first came out and read it again because I wanted to see what changes were made in the Hallmark Movie based on the book. The book is a lot more complex (no big surprise there) and quite a bit darker. Several key relationships have been changed in the movie, in a couple of cases leaving people alive who are killed off in the book and turning at least one villain into a quasi-friend. As always, movies and books are like apples and oranges, and it's possible to enjoy both versions as separate entities. The Emma of the novels is less self-assured, which in my opinion makes her more interesting since it gives her room to grow in later books in the series. I also prefer the fact that, in the books, she's married nd has friends who are not connected to archaeology.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Slan

    Loved this. Absolutely ate it up with a spoon. Fed my inner desire to work at an archeology site, and my love of spunky female heroines.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary JL

    This is the first novel in the series of mysteries regarding archaelogist Emma Fielding. Workign on an archaelogical site dating back from the 1700's , Emma also discovers something else--a very modern corpse. When a second body turns up, Emma must solve a real life puzzle. I did like this book; but the pacing was uneven. Parts were very good; aprts really dragged. Also, I learned at little more about archaelogy than I wanted or needed to. When we do get to the final confrontation, it is well writt This is the first novel in the series of mysteries regarding archaelogist Emma Fielding. Workign on an archaelogical site dating back from the 1700's , Emma also discovers something else--a very modern corpse. When a second body turns up, Emma must solve a real life puzzle. I did like this book; but the pacing was uneven. Parts were very good; aprts really dragged. Also, I learned at little more about archaelogy than I wanted or needed to. When we do get to the final confrontation, it is well written--but it seems to take a while getting there. That said, this is only a first novel and I really hate to give two stars---but I did. However, I notice three more have been published in this series, so perhaps they improved with practice--or others liked them better tan I. Worth a try for the average mystery reader but nothing outstanding about this either.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Style irritated in places and reduced enjoyment. The plots are excellent, there is great flow, and action! The background of a married archaeology professor is unique. Most characters are full-dimensional. We understand how the elder property owner became her best friend, feel the notoriety of her Grandfather's reputation in the field, there is a workplace nemesis, and a privileged student who frustrates her. Ms. Cameron knows a student's demeanour well! I love her description of one who dismiss Style irritated in places and reduced enjoyment. The plots are excellent, there is great flow, and action! The background of a married archaeology professor is unique. Most characters are full-dimensional. We understand how the elder property owner became her best friend, feel the notoriety of her Grandfather's reputation in the field, there is a workplace nemesis, and a privileged student who frustrates her. Ms. Cameron knows a student's demeanour well! I love her description of one who dismisses her talent. I easily picture a clean, textbook-perfect digging cell and concentrated, careful brushing. The implications of the site's age are interesting too. Focusing on physicality like a whistle to students, bugged me beyond belief. Please just call the students; don't detail doing it! As I recall, it took 2 1/2 pages to discuss a shower. I understand the protagonist was dusty and weary. But for an over-emphasized scene, it lacked clarity as well. We think this shower is in progress. After some paragraphs, we find the character still hasn't stepped in! Then we sit through a monologue about how the water feels. Describe the relief of the water stream but leave it at that. A beef with authors is the cliché of being desperate for coffee! Dana over-states this cliché second to none and continues mentioning it. Relationships are well developed but the image of the protagonist is flat. We are told she is tired and dirty so exclusively, there is scarcely information to form a picture except of unattractiveness and groaning. Finally, I admit this impression is trite but the cover portrait exudes a more eerie, or other-worldly story than it is. Do try the novel; maybe the sequels improved.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarahandus

    This is a well written book of murder and archeology and a woman's response to multiple tragedies in quick succession. There was perhaps more theorizing that necessary, I always keep saying, "get on with it!". However I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one sitting, all 340 pages of it. Perhaps the characters weren't as fully fleshed as they should have been, as I have no image of any of them as people. The writing kept the story flowing and interesting. I will have to find the rest of This is a well written book of murder and archeology and a woman's response to multiple tragedies in quick succession. There was perhaps more theorizing that necessary, I always keep saying, "get on with it!". However I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one sitting, all 340 pages of it. Perhaps the characters weren't as fully fleshed as they should have been, as I have no image of any of them as people. The writing kept the story flowing and interesting. I will have to find the rest of the books in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cat clark

    Love archaeologist Emma Fielding! Started with book 3, liked it so much I must read the entire series. The field has always held fascination for me and I love the detail in her writings on not just that but academia as well. The characters that are her friends are witty and engaging so that you have a sense of already knowing them. Emma herself is headstrong, independent, exacting in her work and a bit of a slob at home. In other words, flawed and believable. First rate mystery! I look forward to Love archaeologist Emma Fielding! Started with book 3, liked it so much I must read the entire series. The field has always held fascination for me and I love the detail in her writings on not just that but academia as well. The characters that are her friends are witty and engaging so that you have a sense of already knowing them. Emma herself is headstrong, independent, exacting in her work and a bit of a slob at home. In other words, flawed and believable. First rate mystery! I look forward to following Emma and company on all her digs!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori Inouye

    The book kept me on my toes. While I guessed the villain pretty early on it was the how and why that kept me guessing and reading late into the night. Now to watch the Hallmark movie... hopefully they stayed true to the actual storyline.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Emma Fielding is an archeologist on a dig looking for a settlement pre-Jamestown. There are murders and fires and it is a rather complex mystery which was good but not as satisfying to me as some.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I have to create another subgenre of mysteries that I'd like to call "anthropologists/archaeologists in distress," joining the genre of "lawyers in distress." There was one scene in this book that reminded me powerfully of the gothics of the mid-twentieth century where the nightgown clad heroine flees in terror from an ancient brooding castle/manor. This time the heroine is sans nightgown and the brooding building is an academic building. Emma Fielding, granddaughter of a famed archaeologist, is I have to create another subgenre of mysteries that I'd like to call "anthropologists/archaeologists in distress," joining the genre of "lawyers in distress." There was one scene in this book that reminded me powerfully of the gothics of the mid-twentieth century where the nightgown clad heroine flees in terror from an ancient brooding castle/manor. This time the heroine is sans nightgown and the brooding building is an academic building. Emma Fielding, granddaughter of a famed archaeologist, is a junior faculty member at a college in Maine working an archaeological dig on the property of a dear family friend. She believes she's discovered a European settlement that predates Jamestown. As the dig progresses sucessfully, she discovers a body washed up from the river and then a violent pothunter confronts her. As the dig progresses, the mystery and violence also accelerates hitting sadly close to home. Meanwhile back at the college, the politics intensify and her reputation hangs in the balance. With an exciting finish and discovery, this series promises the return of the villain and the continuing story of Emma's career and rather inept detection work. She also qualifies for another of my subgenre, "one beat up woman detective." She's likeable, and smart. The story is good and while it could use some improvement, it's clever and interesting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I love mysteries and I love smart women so this book by Dana Cameron was definitely my cup of tea. Cameron's characters are crafted so precisely that by the middle of the book you feel like they are old friends and trusted colleagues. When things go awry you can't help but get involved on a personal level. Emma Fielding isn't that worn out female hero who can go from professor's closet office to superwoman karate star in the flick of a page. She is as real as any woman you might know. She is vul I love mysteries and I love smart women so this book by Dana Cameron was definitely my cup of tea. Cameron's characters are crafted so precisely that by the middle of the book you feel like they are old friends and trusted colleagues. When things go awry you can't help but get involved on a personal level. Emma Fielding isn't that worn out female hero who can go from professor's closet office to superwoman karate star in the flick of a page. She is as real as any woman you might know. She is vulnerable and uncertain at times. She makes snap decisions she later regrets but she has incredible insight into the people she deals with at her school and on her archaeological dig. You never doubt that she could be a real person. You might even wonder if she isn't a lot like yourself. An extra added bonus is that this book is smart and you will learn something along the way. I loved this story and I am eager to see the dramatization and to get into the next book in the series. Finding this series-- which I hope goes beyond the current six books, was a delightful gift. I should note that I stayed up one night until 2:30 a.m. because I couldn't put it down. Consider that before you pick it up for a casual few minutes of reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cooper

    If you've watch the Hallmark movie based on this book, please please please read the book. It's rare that Hallmark makes a less than stellar adaptation for their mystery series (I'm a huge fan of Aurora Teagarden series) but unfortunately with this one it was a huge miss. When I read the overview of this series, I loved the premise of a female archaeologist who finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Overall I found the story to be engaging and the mystery well thought out. Even though I If you've watch the Hallmark movie based on this book, please please please read the book. It's rare that Hallmark makes a less than stellar adaptation for their mystery series (I'm a huge fan of Aurora Teagarden series) but unfortunately with this one it was a huge miss. When I read the overview of this series, I loved the premise of a female archaeologist who finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Overall I found the story to be engaging and the mystery well thought out. Even though I figured out who the killer was, the ending had some twists and turns that I hadn't seen coming and who I thought was the killer sorta kinda was and wasn't. As much as I loved the book, there were a couple issues for me. One, the pacing and two, Emma herself. Whenever the focus was taken away from Emma and the murder(s) and focused on her husband, Brian, it slowed the pacing down to a snails pace and took me out of the mystery part of the story. Regarding Emma herself, there were times when she acted contrary to how she was initially presented...I felt there were some unevenness to her character that would really piss me off. I will continue reading this series and overall, I found this to be a better than average cozy mystery.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darryl Brashier

    Funny, well-written, and the mystery lasted. If you like Aaron Elkins, you'll probably love this one too. If you don't, you may very well love it anyway. Emma is a very cool person and, like Kathy Reichs, Dana Cameron writes about her own area of expertise. You get all kinds of observations on doing an excavation, like how to do the sifting of the dirt removed from the site and how to tell a post hole and why that's important (and the impressive part is that you *care* bout that post hole when s Funny, well-written, and the mystery lasted. If you like Aaron Elkins, you'll probably love this one too. If you don't, you may very well love it anyway. Emma is a very cool person and, like Kathy Reichs, Dana Cameron writes about her own area of expertise. You get all kinds of observations on doing an excavation, like how to do the sifting of the dirt removed from the site and how to tell a post hole and why that's important (and the impressive part is that you *care* bout that post hole when she's done). The mystery is set in Maine and you get a view of some of its people and the things that go on in a small town, but it sure isn't Jessica Fletcher's vision of the place! I'll not say much about the mystery (it is, after all, a mystery), but I've read a whole lot of these and didn't have it figured out. I didn't feel cheated at the end, either and plan on following the further adventures of Emma Fielding (of which there are already about 7). Since I just finished Seven Kinds of Hell, her new "Fangborn" series opener, and loved it too, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go right through the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I picked up this book because Hallmark Channel created a movie based on the story this year. I am glad I did. The story in the book is much better than the movie. Emma is an archeologist who is looking for the oldest settlement in America. She is convinced the settlement was in Maine. While she is out walking along the shore, she discovers a body. Because Augie spent a lot of time drunk, everyone thinks he took his boat out and had an accident. It isn't until other things start happening, that E I picked up this book because Hallmark Channel created a movie based on the story this year. I am glad I did. The story in the book is much better than the movie. Emma is an archeologist who is looking for the oldest settlement in America. She is convinced the settlement was in Maine. While she is out walking along the shore, she discovers a body. Because Augie spent a lot of time drunk, everyone thinks he took his boat out and had an accident. It isn't until other things start happening, that Emma begins to think murder. The mystery was interesting, the plot fairly fast paced, and I liked the characters. It didn't get 5 stars because there were a couple of times when I thought an intelligent woman like Emma would not go rushing off into situations that could get her killed. Or maybe that was the author's point, that anyone can be put into a situation where they weren't thinking clearly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Fielding

    In order to understand all of the threads of the mystery presented in Dana Cameron's debut novel, you needed to have a contextual understanding of the field of archeology and how dig sites actually work. This context becomes essential for you to really understand the characters and their motivations. And Dana Cameron does this effortlessly. I think she would be a great archeology teacher. This is because she has a nice style of description and dialogue that allows for explanations, but keeps the In order to understand all of the threads of the mystery presented in Dana Cameron's debut novel, you needed to have a contextual understanding of the field of archeology and how dig sites actually work. This context becomes essential for you to really understand the characters and their motivations. And Dana Cameron does this effortlessly. I think she would be a great archeology teacher. This is because she has a nice style of description and dialogue that allows for explanations, but keeps the novel moving. Although the mystery itself wasn't as intriguing as I would have liked it to be and it seemed to take Emma Fielding, the narrator, a long time to notice some obvious clues, the novel was very enjoyable, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery novels.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Great mystery This book is a great mystery. It has an archaeological theme. The main character is Dr. Emma Feilding, an archaeologist, professor, and amateur detective, and pretty realistic and interesting character. She's married, she's smart, and has a job she loves Doin ( and she's very good at it). The mystery happens to start when Emma is out walking on the beach, and discovers the body of a friend, Auggie Brooks. Afterwards certain other events unravel around the site she is excavating, to Great mystery This book is a great mystery. It has an archaeological theme. The main character is Dr. Emma Feilding, an archaeologist, professor, and amateur detective, and pretty realistic and interesting character. She's married, she's smart, and has a job she loves Doin ( and she's very good at it). The mystery happens to start when Emma is out walking on the beach, and discovers the body of a friend, Auggie Brooks. Afterwards certain other events unravel around the site she is excavating, to say the least this is a very riveting, fast paced mystery. It has great realistic characters, and a vivid, detailed setting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    An excellent story. The main character is very likeable and the mystery builds organically out of the story. I loved the details and the background of the story and wanted to pick up a trowel and join in the excavation with Emma's team. And at the same time, I was intrigued by the gradually developing mystery and kept reading just one more chapter because I wanted to find out what happens. I was surprised by the revelation of the murderer - and yet not surprised because it was one of those thing An excellent story. The main character is very likeable and the mystery builds organically out of the story. I loved the details and the background of the story and wanted to pick up a trowel and join in the excavation with Emma's team. And at the same time, I was intrigued by the gradually developing mystery and kept reading just one more chapter because I wanted to find out what happens. I was surprised by the revelation of the murderer - and yet not surprised because it was one of those things that you can look back at and say "oh yeah, I should have seen that coming". I recommend it and I am immediately picking up the next book in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I thought this book was only okay. It's filled with details about the field of archaeology, which I found interesting. The mystery part of it was also decent with several twists and turns and a fair amount of action. While it ended with Dr. Fielding's amazement that a Republican saved her life and leaves the reader on a cliffhanger, I didn't like the cursing and probably won't read other books in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arthur L Spain

    An enjoyable mystery! I like Dana Cameron. She’s a good storyteller. This is the first mystery I’ve read of hers. I believe it’s also her first book. She keeps you wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens next. I thought the ending was a bit too predictable, but not so much that I’m complaining. I’ll definitely keep reading the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Teryl

    A very good mystery with a little archeology thrown in the mix. Dana Cameron is a talented writer who knows her way around the English language and an archeological dig. * I took one star away because of language. (there was a moderate amount of offensive language by the main character as well as by several other minor characters)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Msjodi777

    A decent start While this one was not bad, I got the feeling the author was trying to stuff all the mystery/thriller cliches into one book. There were a few places where things just dragged way out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Gregory

    I LOVED this book! I had to go searching for it after I saw that a movie was coming out next month but it was worth the hunt. The story was steady, interesting and had some twists I didn't expect, which is all I ask of a good suspense novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn W Stubenrauch

    Fun mystery with an archaelogist! I thoroughly enjoyed this first book of the Emma Fielding series. Love that she's an archaelogist, you get to explore her very interesting world. Great plot, interesting characters - I am definitely moving right on to book 2!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Richards

    Who has not had fantasies of digging up a new settlement and changing history? But perhaps not having to deal with an inconvenient corpse. One of these heroines who takes independence to an absurd extreme. So a bit irritating in places.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen McCormick

    Good beginning to series Good beginning to a new series with interesting possibilities. I like the main characters & the archeological sites. Looking forward to next installment. Good beginning to series Good beginning to a new series with interesting possibilities. I like the main characters & the archeological sites. Looking forward to next installment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Archaeology in New England This was an interesting read. However, I felt there was too much in the way of exposition after the crimes had been solved.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danie Hermes

    Thrilling and intelligent A truly entertaining and well crafted mystery. Perfect for fans of archaeology, history, and a great murder mystery. A must read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Archaeologist Emma Fielding discovers a dead body near New England dig site. Body seems unrelated, but things aren't always what they appear, and when local creeps start impinging upon the site and a dear friend is killed, Emma is drawn into a cat and mouse game with a killer or killers she can't identify. I LOVE this book. The descriptions are fantastic, the language superb, and the main character so well put together that she's either the author or she's me. I'm not sure which. And, honestly, no Archaeologist Emma Fielding discovers a dead body near New England dig site. Body seems unrelated, but things aren't always what they appear, and when local creeps start impinging upon the site and a dear friend is killed, Emma is drawn into a cat and mouse game with a killer or killers she can't identify. I LOVE this book. The descriptions are fantastic, the language superb, and the main character so well put together that she's either the author or she's me. I'm not sure which. And, honestly, now I want to go learn about archaeology, and anything that makes me want to learn something new is always a good thing. This isn't to say that the book is flawless - there are some editorial issues, but that's probably due to the Kindle edition that I read, and there are a couple of unresolved questions at the end that almost made me knock off a star. But in the end, I really just loved the language and characterizations so much that I couldn't bear to do that. On to the next Fielding Mystery!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I liked the details about the archaeological work and the academic life - as an academic myself, fully aware of departmental politics and what it takes to move up in the ranks, and a literary historian, I could fully relate and those elements rang true. The mystery part of this novel was good, but not great. There were times I found the evolving mystery tedious and sometimes even a little too convoluted, but it was interesting. And I do like that the ending wasn't tied up in a nice little packag I liked the details about the archaeological work and the academic life - as an academic myself, fully aware of departmental politics and what it takes to move up in the ranks, and a literary historian, I could fully relate and those elements rang true. The mystery part of this novel was good, but not great. There were times I found the evolving mystery tedious and sometimes even a little too convoluted, but it was interesting. And I do like that the ending wasn't tied up in a nice little package, making me curious enough to want to read another Emma Fielding mystery to see if that unresolved element does get ultimately resolved.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Kasza

    I enjoy several other similar series of books, and this one seemed right up my alley. But it didn’t live up to my expectations. It drug on and on without much substance. Emma sticking her nose in things, rather than letting actually qualified people do the investigating, drove me nuts. I don’t know enough about archeology to know about the accuracy in that regard, but I do know her accounting of which bones she broke did not correspond with the body parts she hurt. I think I’ll skip the rest of I enjoy several other similar series of books, and this one seemed right up my alley. But it didn’t live up to my expectations. It drug on and on without much substance. Emma sticking her nose in things, rather than letting actually qualified people do the investigating, drove me nuts. I don’t know enough about archeology to know about the accuracy in that regard, but I do know her accounting of which bones she broke did not correspond with the body parts she hurt. I think I’ll skip the rest of the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jolynn Hightower

    Solid mystery but I struggled getting into it. The book was good and maybe I struggled because I watched the hallmark movie version before reading but I liked the plot. Just seemed like I did not really feel connected to any of the characters. I wanted it to be great because I loved the movie. I will read the next one to see if it improves since I don't know anything about the story.

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