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A Fugitive Truth: An Emma Fielding Mystery by Dana Cameron

By Dana Cameron

The past's blood stains the current the possibility of an entire life awaits archaeologist Emma Fielding within the Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts: the opportunity to check the eighteenth-century diary of Margaret Chandler, the accused witch and murderess whose domestic Emma excavated merely months sooner than. besides the fact that, the 3 different Shrewsbury starting place fellows she needs to percentage the premises with are a disturbingly unusual bunch, and prior to too lengthy certainly one of them is useless. yet Emma can locate no solace within the bleak fantastic thing about the encompassing wasteland, for there are darkish secrets and techniques encoded in Madam Chandler's writings, and stunning parallels among an old slaying and the unusual, brutal loss of life of her colleague. while the killer moves back, Emma realizes her personal existence is at stake. And abruptly there isn't any selection left: she is pushed to enquire bloody crimes earlier and current -- ahead of her personal dying turns into a footnote in a chilling, three-centuries-old tale.

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I was sitting, freezing, in my faithful, though beat-up Civic outside the gates of the Shrewsbury Foundation, and as their newest Fellow, I really hadn’t expected the kind of treatment I was receiving. All I wanted to do was get up to my room, unpack, and get ready for the four weeks of research that awaited me, but the supercilious guard who had so thoughtlessly snatched my acceptance letter away was taking his time checking his clipboard. I sighed while he looked at the letter again suspiciously, like the barbarian hordes were crouched just behind me, waiting to storm the gates of Shrewsbury.

Usually, this was the part I loved, where I got to say “Open sesame” and enter the secret cavern. I would be initiated into the rites of another institution, become part of another community. When I’d handed over my acceptance letter at his request, I’d at least expected some recognition that, for a while in any case, I was one of them, one of the privileged few who would be allowed to handle the treasures that were kept in the library. Maybe a smile of welcome, even if my credentials didn’t impress him the way I thought they should.

Welcome, welcome. ” “Madam Margaret Chandler’s diary is here. I did a little survey at the Chandler house last summer, and it has a good eighteenth-century component intact, so I’m going back in a season or two. ” “Survey? ” He screwed up his face in puzzlement, and I realized I’d lapsed into professional jargon. “I’m excavating the site of her home,” I explained. ” I had been expecting the usual curiosity, even excitement, that comes when I tell people what I do for a living, but Jack only looked doubtful and cleared his throat.

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