Sunday, March 5, 2023

The Metropolitan Affair Review


 About the Book

 For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she'd accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father's offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York's wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York's high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger's identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.

In this rich 1920s tale, bestselling author Jocelyn Green invites you into one of New York City's most esteemed museums, where a young woman discovers secrets, betrayal, and romance. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

Jocelyn Green has written some terrific historical fiction so I knew that this story would be a well researched adventure. I LOVED visiting the Met when I was in New York and while this is set in a much different time it still helped me visualize it more clearly. It is an incredible place and it was really interesting to read about a very small part of the Egyptian history and imagine the inner workings of the museum. The setting is fantastic and the central mystery that runs throughout the story is well done. I did have a hard time connecting with the main characters. Lauren is an independent woman and I appreciate her perspective. The relationship with her father is a key part of the story and I found that to be interesting. I enjoyed the history and much of the sleuthing for counterfeit art. While this isn't my favorite book by this author I know many will love it!


Three Stars.


"I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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