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The King's Jar


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May 2013 | Fiction-Mystery
Trade Paper | 288 pages | $14.00
ISBN 978-1-938938-04-7
eBook (ISBN: 978-1-938938-05-4) | $6.99

A Priceless Artifact Is Missing and a Man Is Dead. Why Does Everyone Think Dani Knows Something?

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...with plenty of high drama to go with it. Dani O'Rourke, Devor's chief fundraiser, is a pro at dealing with wealthy patrons, demanding bosses, big egos, and museum-world politics. She has savvy, diplomacy, resourcefulness, charm, and a genuine passion for her work—all the qualities needed to make the most important event of her career a resounding success. 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.

Praise for THE KING'S JAR

"Wickedly funny." —Kirkus Reviews

"The contrasting characters, from wealthy art patrons and eccentric scientists to determined museum staff, add intrigue to a layered, smart, surprising plot." —Booklist

"This San Francisco–based cozy is fresh, fast-paced, and great fun. Shea's characters' professional and personal foibles are done especially well." —Library Journal

"With The King's Jar, Susan Shea has created a tightly written mystery that is at the same time a whirlwind promenade through the world of fine art....But what shines most in Shea's writing is the continual flow of wry wit that will have readers snorting, and hearty humor that will leave them laughing out loud." —ForeWord Reviews

"The King's Jar is great fun....Dani makes for an engaging protagonist [and] is also a keen observer of the human condition, and knows the difference between substance and fluff. Watching her thread her way through crowds of billionaires and mere millionaires is fine entertainment." —Mystery Scene Magazine

"The intrepid Dani O'Rourke tries to find a priceless antique, host a huge society party, and solve a murder while fending off the advances of her ex-husband and a new TV star suitor. By turns funny and frightening, The King's Jar is a riotous read!" —Rebecca Cantrell, award-winning author of A City of Broken Glass

"Dani O'Rourke makes a smart and gutsy sleuth." —Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of the Royal Spyness mystery series

Praise for the Dani O'Rourke Mysteries

"... A series to watch." —Booklist



Susan C. Shea spent more than two decades as a non-profit executive before beginning her best-selling mystery series featuring a professional fundraiser for a fictional museum. Susan is on the board of the Northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime and is a past board member of Norcal's chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Marin County, California.

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