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

Dana Cameron
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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, she has recently unearthed evidence of a seventeenth-century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body that accompanies it 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 relics. But that means digging deep to get to dark secrets buried in the heart of the archaeological community -- which, in turn, could bury Emma Fielding.



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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: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VYX96C
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Entry into the Archeology type of Mystery July 26, 2002
By Moe811
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not your average woman protagonist February 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of a Great Series April 25, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating academic mystery February 7, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Emma Fielding works as an assistant professor of archeology at Caldwell College in Maine. She is doing everything she can to guarantee she obtains tenure when she is eligible for it. She is heading a dig off the Maine coast belonging to her closest friend Pauline and she is looking for the oldest settlement in the New World, one that was founded fifteen years before the landing at Plymouth.

Things start going wrong when Emma stumbles across the body of a dead man. Then a grave robber pulls a gun on her in front of a witness. While she is dealing with those two traumas, Pauline's house catches fire with the owner inside. Later it is discovered that arson occurred, leaving Emma vowing to find Pauline's killer and bring that person to justice.

SITE UNSEEN is a fascinating academic mystery starring a very intense heroine who has a strong sense of morality and a fierce desire to see justice happen. Her relationship with her husband is given the same attention and devotion that she brings to her profession. Readers will definitely like Dana Cameron's first novel and will want to see more adventures starring the intrepid archeologist.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mystery read, adventures were interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Sheila R Forman
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow start
Almost gave up on this one. It didn't pick up speed until about three quarters of the way through and then finished in the last few pages only. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SalemJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Digging can't be all that much fun
Unless you have undergrad students to do it and they occssionally find something. There aren't many surprises in the plot, but it is a pleasant read
Published 6 months ago by CRB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
a good mystery for a quiet evening. well written. Believable characters. looking forward to reading the rest of the series
Published 8 months ago by bonnie salzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Fast paced. Interesting characters. Perhaps not too original. But a good read. I would recommend it to people looking for an entertaining mystery.
Published 10 months ago by Royann Janus
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery That Teaches
I wanted to give 4.5 stars as I really enjoyed this first book in Cameron's series. Not quite five-star enjoyment, but better than four. Read more
Published 10 months ago by authorsam
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
Unusual concept a mystery series set in a university and around archeological digs. Gets slow in a few places but the heroine is engaging. And the plot twists and turns. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Sight
Theme is a little overworked and author is determined to educate you regarding the science of archeaology. Plot is transparent
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in a series
I bought books 2,3, and 4 used at a booksale and read them before I got this book that is the first one in the series. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Jane Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig into the Past
Emma Fielding has the opportunity to add an important archaeological site recovery to her accomplishments in Dana Cameron's SITE UNSEEN. Read more
Published on August 30, 2010 by Nash Black
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More About the Author

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. PACK OF STRAYS, the second urban fantasy novel set in her Fangborn 'verse, will be published in April 2014. Dana lives in Massachusetts, USA; learn more at www.danacameron.com.

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