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Site Unseen (Emma Fielding Mysteries, No. 1) Kindle Edition

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“A rip-snorting good mystery.” (Aaron Elkins)

“This is one terrific read which will keep you turning the pages.” (Rendezvous Magazine)

About the Author

Dana Cameron is a professional archaeologist, with a Ph.D. and experience in Old and New World archaeology. She has worked extensively on the East Coast on sites dating from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. Ms. Cameron lives in Massachusetts. Site Unseen is her first novel.

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  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VYX96C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dana Cameron's novels and short stories are inspired by her career as an archaeologist. Her crime fiction has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, and has been short-listed for the Edgar Award. HELLBENDER, the third urban fantasy novel set in her Fangborn 'verse, will be published in March 2015. Dana lives in Massachusetts, USA; learn more at

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Emma Fielding is trying to find the site of Fort Providence. The Fort is the first known English settlement in the United States, predating Jamestown by a few years. By good chance the likely site is on the property of her old friend Pauline Westbrook who gives her blessing to the dig. Shortly after arrival Emma finds a body on the beach and is threatened by a pothunter with a gun. Strangely, a senior colleague with no interest in New England archeology stops by to examine the site. Worst of all, Pauline's house burns down with her in it. She had just changed her will to benefit Emma, so now she is a suspect. There are also alot of strange things going on in the anthropology department at her college. Emma has to get to the bottom of things, hopefully without adding her own corpse to the body count.
This is a very quick moving mystery. The author takes the reader into the world and work of the archeologist. She goes into just enough detail for illustration and not so much that you are bored. The characters are very vivid and there is alot of action. It wasn't too difficult to solve the mystery, she leaves alot of clues, but it is alot of fun getting to the solution.
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Emma Fielding, a young archaeologist, is excavating the earliest English settlement in the US. As if this wasn't exciting enough, the site ends up yielding more than 17th-century pot sherds. Before long Emma is confronted by a very modern dead body, then another, then a third. Soon she's feeling the heat : the locals are wondering if she's somehow responsible for the sudden crime wave in their sleepy Maine town. In the meantime, Emma is beginning to suspect a rival may be out to destroy her reputation - or worse. So Emma finds herself puzzling over not one, but two mysteries : who is the killer- and what is the link to her precious archaeological site ? With the help of an unforgettable cast of friends and supporters, Emma gets to the bottom of it all, but not without considerable danger to herself.
"Site Unseen" stands out from the many books with female heroines in mystery fiction in many ways.
The most important one is that from the very first page on, Emma Fielding strikes the reader as REAL. She's not a superthin glamour-gal, nor a physical fitness freak with the muscles of a SWAT team member. Her dreams (to get tenured, to be able to spend more time with her husband) and her worries (is she good enough ? Will she make it ?) are instantly recognizable and easy to identify with. An interesting aspect of Emma's life is her happy marriage to Brian. I find it refreshing to meet a heroine who's got her personal life more or less under control - no three divorces in her past, no abusive ex-boyfriends, no sexual confusion. Brian is one of the most attractive domestic partners for fictional characters I've come across in years. As a laid-back Californian, he's the perfect foil for Emma's East-Coast personality.
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Emma Fielding is an archaeologist trying to succeed out of the shadow of her famous archaeologist grandfather. She's returned to her childhood home to work on a site that could guarantee her receiving tenure, but her discovery of a body could destroy that chance.
Soon more deaths follow, and although the sheriff believes she's innocent the town's suspicion of her grows. Emma must also deal with a cockey student worker, another sullen student who seems to wish that he were anywhere but on the site, and that student's father who sees Emma as a rival to his position at their college.
Emma herself is a wonderful character. She's impulsive, decisive, and survives the academic politics through her sardonic sense of humor. She also has a great relationship with her husband, who happens to be Asian (yet this is refreshingly treated matter-of-factly and never made an issue). Other characters are as well entertaining and believable, including an ancient medical examiner who ironically sees Emma as a morbid invader of the dead.
Emma's struggle to retain her sense of humor as well as retain control over her career at the college, her site, and the students who work it creates a fast-paced read that also provides a fascinating glimpse of an archaeological excavation. My only disappointment with this novel was that it had to end. I look forward to the next Emma Fielding mystery, Grave Consequences.
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This book has ALMOST everything I want in a good mystery.It starts off with a great opening paragraph, always a good sign in my opinion. The characters are engaging, and there is an interesting subject to learn about in the form of the archaeology and the academic atmosphere.
What is missing is a good mystery. There is only one suspect, and the denouement is completely predictable, a real disappointment. (It didn't help that the back of the book gave away too much of what little suspense there was.) I was enjoying the other aspects of the book so much I had looked forward to something a little cleverer.
This was Dana Cameron's first book, and if she can learn to plot a better mystery, I think she'll have a good future as a mystery writer. Otherwise, perhaps she should consider a different genre?
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