This story satisfied in so many ways. First, the title and cover were intriguing. Learning from the back cover blurb that the main character was an archaeologist made me laugh. But then I'd never expect to find an archaeologist dressed like the gal on the front cover. Like I said, intriguing.
The mystery in this book really drew me in: an explosion heard over the phone, a death-by-natural causes dubbed a murder, stolen artifacts, and devious people surrounding the main character. Halfway through the story, I literally put my hand to my head and said, "Oh my gosh. I know what happened." And what a lovely little twist it was! The whole situation wrapped up neatly!
I give it 3 stars for a couple of reasons, though. First, the romance in the story isn't quite as neat or as satisfying. When I hear, "It will never last," rolling through my head, I know the heroine didn't match up with the hero - if you can call him that. In fact, that piece of the story - the hero - was pretty convoluted. Probably why the ending didn't work well.
Second, the main character had a strong arch, but I felt through the first third of the book she was constantly angry and hated men in particular. A little too heavy on the sarcastic side and very self-absorbed, she did improve as the story moved forward. I couldn't get past her destroying evidence, though. I can excuse a lot of things, but impeding a police investigation and basic stupidity isn't one of them. I probably would have stuck with 4 stars had it not been for that.
To unearth a killer, you have to get your fingernails dirty. Archaeology Professor Mari Duggins is adjusting to life as a single mom, but she’s caught between the pull of her former flame and her ex-husband. When her colleague is murdered and her ex is accused of stealing an Egyptian artifact, Mari interferes in the FBI investigation, compelled to prove the innocence of her children’s father. Soon she is buried deep in suspects. Her old flame, her student and tenant, the office secretary. No one is who they appear to be, and she begins to wonder where her loyalty and true affections lie. Mari Duggins’ life caves in as she tries to excavate the truth, but realizes only God can dig her out of the hole she’s created. Will Mari sort through her muddled feelings and put her trust in someone else? Or will the truth bury her alive?
About the Author
Growing up on Long Island, Gina Conroy used to think she knew where her life was headed; now she's learning to embrace life's detours. Some of her exciting diversions have included homeschooling her four children, where she discovered a love of archaeology and ancient Egypt, and her most recent obsession...ballroom and swing dancing.