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Emma Fielding Mysteries: Site Unseen Book Excerpt

Read the first chapter of "Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery" by Dana Cameron.

“Rather more than usual,” I said tonelessly. Down the hall, a door opened and someone went into the common bathroom. “I’m going to have to speak with him about this, and I shouldn’t have to. Frankly, he’s not cut out to be an archaeologist. I don’t know why he keeps insisting he loves it when he’s so defensive most of the time and plainly miserable the rest.”

“I’d drink too, if my father taught in my department.” Brian was fascinated by the soap opera-like events that inevitably characterized the life on a dig. “That can’t be easy.”

“Nope. It’s not a choice I would have made,” I said tersely. Oscar had never, ever pushed me like Rick pushed Alan. I was sick of the whole mess and my role in the middle of it. Rick Crabtree, Alan’s father—whom Brian had once accurately described as “the pudgy little weasel with glasses and a combover”—was impossible to get along with and had been loudly unhappy about Alan working with me. “Everyone else is doing okay, but unfortunately, there’s a little romance blossoming in our midst.”

“Em,” Brian warned, “What those kids do is none of your business. They're all over twenty-one.”

“I know, I know,” I said. “But it just seems like a recipe for disaster—what if it doesn’t work out? I’m not so worried about Dian, she’s sensible enough, but Rob tends to get these…these enthusiasms and not consider the consequences. He just dives right in, and devil take the hindmost.”

“I don’t think that particular phrase has been used since about 1790, hon,” Brian pointed out. “You might want to consider that when conversing with the rest of us ordinary mortals. I like Rob, though, he’ll be fine.”

“You just like him because he’s got the same warped sense of humor as you,” I groused. “But you should see him mooning over Dian; you’ve never seen such big puppy eyes. Dian’s enjoying the attention, but I think she’s still deciding about him.”

“Your new kid working out? The one who arrived last week?”

“Meg’s in good shape, I think. A bit prickly, yet, and I don’t just mean that spiky hair of hers, but I think she’s just sizing us up too. I wouldn’t have had her in this program if I didn’t think she could do it. Any mail or anything?”

“Oh yeah, the department administrator called. The goofy one.”