Thursday, May 2, 2013

The King's Jar by Susan C. Shea

Publisher:Top Five Books 
Pages:288 
Format: ARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  When the renowned archaeologist who authenticated the King's Jar turns up dead, and the invaluable relic vanishes, Dani suddenly finds herself trapped in a real-life game of Clue with a gallery of glittering suspects, and a killer who s playing for keeps. But drumming up donations from society swells is a far cry from matching wits with homicidal thieves. And juggling the amorous advances of a police detective, a TV celebrity, and her own playboy ex-husband while sparring with an African ambassador, an obsessed archaeologist-in-training, a millionaire and his trophy wife certainly doesn t make it any easier to figure out who s lying...or keep anyone else from dying.


Kritters Thoughts:  Dani O'Rourke is the VP of fundraising for a museum in San Francisco and although her job should be filled with dinners with potential donors and days spent on the phone with current donors, she is quickly put in the middle of an international scandal involving donors, museum employees and a priceless artifact from Africa that is the centerpiece of her next exhibition.  Although she is not a detective, she puts herself to the task to find this article and solve a murder.

Packed with a lot of characters, it took a bit to get all the names straight and their connections to one another, but once I established a who's who list, I was ready to get into the mystery.  I loved the twists and turns and how each clue led her to the next and the reader wasn't left out in the dark at all.  The conclusion was perfectly tied up, so if another book follows it will have to be a new mystery of its own and I liked that a lot.   

The second in a series, but my first with Dani O'Rourke as the main character and although I haven't read the first book, I felt as though I only missed out on a few details that could have made some comments a little more sense, but this mystery was mostly contained in the book itself.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Saima Agency.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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