- Publisher: Unknown (2006)
- ASIN: B0028QCLQA
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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STILL AS DEATH Hardcover – 2006
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When Sweeney seeks a particular beaded collar from the museum's Egyptian collection to round off her exhibit, she cannot locate the piece. The last person to handle the collar, back in 1979, was Karen Philips, a troubled young woman who later committed suicide. When Sweeney questions the museum's director, Egyptologist Willem Keane, and his assistant, Tad Moran, they insist that the item is still in the collection but must have been misplaced.
Sweeney's life becomes infinitely more complicated in short order. Several murders in the museum lead to an investigation by Detective Tim Quinn, a man whom Sweeney has known for years and secretly admires. Will her affection for Quinn keep Sweeney from moving to London with Ian? Tim's investigation and Sweeney's amateur sleuthing lead to a resolution of the case, which turns out to be an intricate tale of cruelty, greed, and betrayal.
"Still as Death" has its strengths; Taylor's portrayal of Sweeney St.Read more ›
While trying to put the perfect finishing touches on it, she learns of an Egyptian funerary collar in the museum's collection that would be perfect. But no one seems to be able to find it. The last person to have it was a student who was around when the museum was robbed 25 years ago. Not too long after, she committed suicide. Are these events connected?
Meanwhile, Sweeney's exhibit opening is going fine, until the museum's housekeeper is found murdered down in the basement. It looks like a botched robbery attempt. Is history repeating itself or is this a new attempt?
This book continues to inform while it entertains with the fascinating look at the art of mourning over the years. The focus this time is on Egyptian mourning rituals, and the information presented is interesting.
Of course, the main focus is still entertainment. The mystery here is the strongest of the series, with several twists I should have seen coming but didn't. Meanwhile, Sweeney's personal life takes some interested turns. The main characters are here and as strong as ever. Even police office Tim Quinn didn't bother me this time around. The secondary characters seemed a bit weak this time, but that is a minor complaint.
This book left me hungry for more. Fans of the series will be glad to see Sweeney's return and the book should win her and her author new fans.
Sweeney continues preparation for the show, but also digs deeper into the Philips affair. She finds out that Karen was working at the Hapner the night it was robbed in 1979 and other tidbits that fail to add up. However, her fascination with a mystery over twenty-five years old changes to a modern murder mystery when someone kills Olga, working on the exhibit. Cambridge Police Department Detective Tim Quinn looks at the Art Department for a suspect while Sweeney begins to tie the current homicide back to the 1979 tragedy.
STILL AS DEATH is an enjoyable entry to a fine series in which the heroine in between getting the exhibit ready investigates the 1979 events for about half the story line before the plot takes a left turn into a modern day murder in which Tim joins Sweeney on center stage. Sweeny is as always irreverent when it comes to death while her colleagues are a bit more stunned especially when Tim looks at them for the culprit. Fans of the series and newcomers (see JUDGMENT OF THE GRAVE, MANSIONS OF THE DEAD and O'ARTFUL DEATH) will enjoy everyone's favorite gravestone expert as she adapts to solving a modern day art of death homicide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is about a piece of Egyptian jewelry that comes up missing unexpectedly prior to a museum exhit's grand opening..... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by E. J. T.
Love this book for several reasons:
a. Intelligent characters
b. Characters staying in their assigned roles - this book proved you can have a central character who... Read more
Sarah Stewart Taylor has written her fourth Sweeney St. George mystery and each is superb, each better than the last. Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by Curious Reader
Although the book itself is enjoyable, the mystery part of the story is much weaker in this book. Maybe it's because I'm not a woman, but SST seems to spend an inordinate amount... Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by Grey Wolffe
My excitement over learning that "Still as Death," the fourth Sweeney St. George Mystery was available in paperback was tempered by the realization that Sarah Stewart Taylor's... Read morePublished on November 12, 2007 by Lawrance Bernabo
Sarah Stewart Taylor continues to enthrall her readers with the life and times of Sweeney St. George. Read morePublished on January 4, 2007 by E. Bagley