The King’s Jar by Susan C. Shea (A Dani O’Rourke Mystery)
Publisher: Top Five Books (May 2013)
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle
Format Read: ARC
Synopsis from Goodreads: Acquisition of the King’s Jar, a priceless African artifact, is a major coup for San Francisco’s prestigious Devor Museum of Art and Antiquities—and the gala celebration honoring its donors is a high-stakes affair. Dani O’Rourke, Devor’s chief fundraiser, is a pro at dealing with wealthy patrons, demanding bosses, big egos, and museum-world politics. Murder, however, is way above her pay grade, and definitely beyond her comfort zone.
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 billionaire and his trophy wife—certainly doesn’t make it any easier to figure out who’s lying…or keep anyone else from dying.
My thoughts: The King’s Jar is the second installment in The Dani O’Rourke Mystery series. The first, Murder in the Abstract introduced us to Dani O’Rourke, our amateur sleuth who is a fundraising guru in a museum. Her job is to hob nob with the rich and famous and convince them that the museum is the best beneficiary for their money.
The King’s Jar was a pretty typical cozy containing all of our favorite cozy elements. Dani is a quirky and real character. I liked her well enough, but she wasn’t one of those characters that I felt like I would sit down with a cup of coffee and dish with. It wouldn’t be a cozy without a murder, right? I liked that The King’s Jar worked up to that moment allowing a new reader like myself to get to know the characters. The way that Susan Shea handled this made it easy to jump into the series at this point and not feel like you were missing something. The story also has the requisite love triangle (found in many, but not all cozies) as well as some sort of relationship with a person in law enforcement.
Outside of the somewhat formulaic cozy elements The King’s Jar had its own charm. It is extremely readable and contains a fair amount of wit. I found myself chuckling more than once. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, you should give Susan Shea and The King’s Jar a try.
I’ve been informed that The King’s Jar is currently part of a promotion (sorry, its ending today) Here are the details:
As part of a special BookBub promotion, Top 5 Books is offering the ebook of THE KING’S JAR for only $0.99 (regularly $6.99) for a limited time through Amazon (Kindle), B&N (Nook), iTunes, Kobo, and Google Play through Friday, June 7.
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