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Still as Death

Sweeney St. George Mysteries (Volume 4)

Sarah Stewart Taylor

Minotaur Books

Art history professor Sweeney St. George is in the middle of putting together an exhibit on her specialty, “the art of death,” for the university museum when she makes an unusual discovery: A valuable piece of Egyptian funerary jewelry that should be in the museum’s collection seems to be missing. Searching for answers, Sweeney learns that a student intern at the museum was the last person to check out the piece, a young woman who died of an apparent suicide soon after she handled the piece, more than twenty-five years ago.
 
Going on with the exhibition without the intricately beaded Egyptian collar, Sweeney can’t let it drop altogether. Nor can she forget the student, Karen Philips, who died just a few months after working with the piece. A little digging shows that Karen was working at the museum the night it was robbed, that same year, and Sweeney becomes even more curious. But her interest in mysteries past pales when a present-day murder brings Sweeney and her colleagues at the museum under the Cambridge Police Department spotlight in the person of Detective Tim Quinn, whom Sweeney has worked with before.
 
In the latest installment in this rich and fascinating series, Sweeney and Tim go after a killer, trying to resolve questions both immediate and decades-old before it’s too late.

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Chapter One 
Sweeney St. George awakened slowly, aware only of a sense of breathlessness, as though something was interfering with the air getting into her mouth and down into her lungs. She opened her eyes to darkness, darkness, she realized, of a specific texture, soft, and smelling faintly of . . . fish.
 
She rolled over and sat up, displacing the large black cat that had been sleeping nestled up next to her face, her prolific red, curly hair a comfy cat bed. The cat, now sitting up in the dignified iconic pose of his species, blinked a few times and looked indignantly at
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"The best yet in one terrific series. Taylor's vibrant gem of a tale seamlessly weaves funerary art and romantic dilemmas into a challenging puzzler. Sweeney St. George is a heroine you'll root for!"
---Edgar Award finalist Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of All Mortal Flesh
 
"Sweeney has to solve more than one mystery in this richly textured tale involving complicated family histories stretching back to the days of the Minute Men."
---Publishers Weekly on Judgment of the Grave
 
"Ms. Taylor gives the reader a real sense of what Concord and its graveyards look like. And enough false leads appear to keep the reader guessing and reading on."
---The Washington Times on Judgment of the Grave
 
"The well-written Mansions is not simply a good story, it's bolstered by interesting, well-researched insights into an artistic specialty well suited to murder."
---Chicago Tribune on Mansions of the Dead
 
"Taylor's is one of those mystery series where readers are educated as well as entertained…. Mansions of the Dead is agreeably tricked out with red herrings and jarring switches in mood: Just as readers settle in for an academic cozy, the atmosphere changes, and disaster that has the coarse feel of reality intrudes."
---The Washington Post Book World on Mansions of the Dead
 
"Pull up an overstuffed chair and drift away."
---Chicago Tribune on O' Artful Death
 
"A strikingly atmospheric debut. The writing is crisp and the characters all quite forcefully alive, especially Sweeney."
---Denver Post on O' Artful Death
 
"Taylor does a lovely job of setting an atmospheric scene and luring us inside."
---Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on O' Artful Death
 
 

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    Sweeney St. George Mysteries

    Sarah Stewart Taylor

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