Wednesday, March 29, 2023

THE METROPOLITAN AFFAIR by Jocelyn Green, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"They'd been here before, the two of them. She'd been eighteen, and he twenty years old. Something squeezed in Joe's chest for the lovestruck, naive young man he'd been. This was where . . . This was where . . . Joe wondered if she remembered."

Dr. Lauren Westlake, assistant curator of Egyptology for the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art, was impressive, and New York Police Department Detective Joe Caravello was certain that she could help him track down forgers by identifying their forgeries; fake Egyptian artifacts that were quietly and surreptitiously being sold to wealthy collectors, the monies then flowing back into highly illegal enterprises. If only it was that simple.

Lauren Westlake's life had always been immersed in Egyptology, her father Lawrence having gone on many trips and expeditions to Egypt, in fact his numerous long absences had carved a deep hole in her little girl heart on so many occasions, but none as large as the one her mother had left behind upon her death. Once again, her father was trying to insert himself back into her life, teasing her with new opportunities . . . and now Joe, "honest to goodness, thirty-five looked better on Joe than twenty". . . had she just agreed to work with Joe Caravello as a police consultant? Yes, she had.

History, mystery, chemistry (of a romantic nature), and tragedy all perfectly converge within the pages of this outstanding search for all things real, both literally and spiritually.

"Somewhere along the way, I thought of God as remote and uninterested . . . it's not too late to truly grasp how wide and deep is the love of my Father".

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy of my own. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 4.5stars 
BackCover Blurb:
Bestselling author Jocelyn Green sweeps you away in a dazzling novel of secrets, betrayal, and romance within one of New York City's most esteemed museums.

For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she'd accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father's offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York's wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York's high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger's identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.
Bethany House Publishers, March 14, 2023 
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