Sarah Wisseman is a retired archaeologist. Her experience working on excavations and in museums inspired two contemporary series, the Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries and the Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries. Her settings are places where she has lived or traveled (Israel, Italy, Egypt, Massachusetts, and Illinois) and her favorite museum used to be housed in a creepy old attic at the University of Illinois.
She lives in Champaign, IL, with her husband and two cats.
How did you become a writer?
My parents read to me when I was very little, and my father wrote two unpublished mysteries after he retired. My university job has always required writing, but I wrote mostly non-fiction until about 1998.
What is your background?
I grew up in Evanston, IL and Weston, MA. Since college, I have worked as a museum curator, database manager, conservation lab assistant, field archaeologist, archaeological scientist, cook on an archaeological dig, and dorm mother. I majored in Anthropology as an undergraduate, and that’s when I fell in love with archaeology and museum work.
Ben Keck and his girlfriend Anna seek for answers when a friend drops dead during a speakeasy raid in 1920s Big Grove, Illinois. Did Carley consume toxic bootleg liquor or was she deliberately poisoned by someone else?
An archaeologist and physician recreate an Egyptian mummy using a modern cadaver and ancient embalming methods. Then they put the finished mummy on display at an international conference reception...what could possibly go wrong?
Cathy loves everything Italian, but working on an archaeological dig in the Tuscan hills turns out to be more stressful than she’d imagined. Close quarters and professional jealousies cause friction among her fellow students, and then a harmless prank turns dangerous when forged ceramics appear in one of the trenches.
Disappearing artifacts, jealous colleagues, and dead bodies—who says a museum curator’s job is easy?
Archaeologist Lisa Donahue discovers that an Egyptian mummy holds the clues to two murders in her Boston Museum.