Wednesday, 7 November 2012

"Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum", a conservation mystery by Miriam Clavir

If you are a fan of Miriam Clavir's work you will probably be interested to know that she has now published a novel, in her own words, a conservation mystery: Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum

Clavir says the novel is a character-driven m
ystery more in the genre of a cozy than a thriller; it has tension (and humour) but won't give a reader nightmares. Here’s a brief description she sent us:

Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum 

Berry Cates has undergone a “radical lifectomy”, remaking her life at fifty-three, newly single and in a new career. In her first job as anartifacts conservator at the Museum of Anthropology, she is faced with answering why a visiting expert died from arsenic housed in her lab.
Determined to prove false these accusations against her and the conservation lab, Berry instead gets into deeper trouble. Her sleuthing uncovers museum staff casting illicit bronzes and blackmail being delivered via a Roman curse tablet. The conservation of a painting reveals evidence of curatorial fraud. Arsenic was an old preservation method used against insects and now Aboriginal people are accusing the museum of poisoning their heritage regalia with pesticides.
Only when Berry realizes she has been asking the wrong questions does she stop sliding down the snake of museum deceit. Dial M for Museum.
ISBN: 978-1-897411-38-4; trade paperback; publisher: Bayeux Arts
(Distribution: Literary Press Group of Canada/LitDistCo; University of Chicago Press Distribution)

Clavir thanks MOA for generously allowing the museum to be the site of this fictional murder and mayhem.

Thanks for letting us know, Miriam, I can't wait to read it!

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