This is number 1 in the Emma Fielding Mystery books. Author Aaron Elikns, say, "A rip-roaring good mystery. Dana Cameron knows archaelogy inside and out,and on top of that she's witty. That's a pretty good combination if you ask me." And even thought her digs are mostly in the US without the exotic settings of a foreign or ancient dig, they are still most enjoyable. And bodies are likely to show up just about anywhere, some old and some new! If you are intrigued in what goes on day-to-day on a dig, then Emma is your teacher. Of course, she is a professor of Old & New World archaeology, which gives her credibility!
From the back cover:
Brilliant, dedicated, and driven, archaelologist Emma fielding finds things that have been lost for hundreds of years - and she's very good at it. A soon-to-be-tenured professor, she has recently unearthed evidence of a seventeeth century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body that accompanies it has embroiled Emma and her students in a different kind of exploration. With her reputation suddenly in jeopardy-due to the ruthless machinations of a digruntled rival-and a second suspicious death, heartbreakingly close to home, Emma must unearth a killer among the relics. But that means digging deep to get to dark secrets buried in the heart of the archaeological community-which, in turn, could bury Emma Fielding.