Here is the latest question I have been asked, but I’m not sure of the answer. At first I thought that perhaps Sara was describing Judith Van Gieson’s Claire Reynier Mystery Series (which is on my list of pages to make…)
“I have no idea where to post this question, so I’ll start here. Could you please point me in the right direction to find the answer to my question (below)? Is there a specific website where I can post a question about a book?
A while back I read at least two — if not — three books in a series about a woman who was part archivist and part sleuth. The details are very sketchy in my mind, but I recall that the series was based out west. I’m thinking she was in Colorado or New Mexico maybe. The main character, a young woman, would be asked to evaluate the authenticity of a book or archaeological find or artifact. The readers then followed her efforts in researching the provenance of the item. She was constantly getting into complicated schemes of people meant to trick or deceive others. Does anyone remember which author’s series this was or does anyone have any other details about the series that I can use to track it down? This has been bugging me for months now and I kept hoping I’d find the answer. I hope you can help.”
If you have any guesses, please post a comment on the site. I know how frustrating it is to try to remember an author!
Sounds a bit like the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.
The series’ title is also the heroine’s name. She’s a literary detective who determines whether a manuscript is authentic and she also gets called in when an authentic manuscript is stolen. Some of the scrapes she gets into are weird and I was not always sure just where the book I read was set. But one thing is clear: Thursday is based in London.
Sounds kind of like Carreta de la Muerte by Mari Privette Ulmer. (Despite the fact that the title’s in Spanish, it’s a cozy written in English.)
It’s set in New Mexico, the sleuth is an amateur detective/former lawyer/current bed-and-breakfast owner, and the book I mentioned does involve art theft. So, maybe…?
Could either one of these series be what you are looking for?
Mission to Sonora, the Linda Bluenight series by Rebecca Cramer or Nicolette Scott Mysteries by Val Davis (Track of the Scorpion).
Sounds like the Claire Reynier mysteries by Judith Van Gieson