kingsjar_207x315Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

The King’s Jar is the second in the Dani O’Rourke Mystery Series but don’t be alarmed, you won’t be lost if you haven’t read, Murder in the Abstract, as I have not. The King’s Jar is a story about a priceless artifact from Kenobia, Africa that has suddenly gone missing in the midst of the murder of Dr. Bouvier (the man who found the jar many years ago).

Danielle O’Rourke (Dani) finds herself thrust into another mystery, determined to find the jar before anyone else gets hurt. At the same time, Dani must try to bring in as much money as she can for the museum to keep it running. Dani has her hands full with the gala the Devor Museum is giving for the jar (even though it is missing), two murders (that may or may not be connected to the jar), her ex-husband’s repeated attempts at getting back together, trying to figure out where her relationship is with Charlie (a detective with the police force), being friends with Simon (a world famous anthropologist), and trying to stay on everyone’s good side to get their money for the museum. The mystery behind the jar runs deep and someone is working hard to keep it hidden and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.

The King’s Jar will draw the reader in with its history of the jar as well as the mystery leading up to what happened to the jar and the murders. The readers find themselves on the trail of the killer as Dani works to unravel the clues and find the missing artifact before anyone else gets hurt, including herself.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The King’s Jar by Susan Shea. I thought that this story flowed nicely and was well written. I didn’t want to put it down; I read it in almost one setting. This story has everything from murder and mystery to archaeology and friendship all thrown into one. I look forward to reading more by Ms Shea. I would definitely recommend this story to others.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

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