The Foulest Things

Keylight. (Dominion Archives, Bk. 1). Oct. 2022. 264p. ISBN 9781684428847. $27.99. M
Archivist Tector (The Honeybee Emeralds) writes what she knows with her second novel, an intriguing inside look at archival politics. Jess Kendall has a one-year contract with Dominion Archives in Ottawa, Canada, but she’s not starting out on the right foot. She almost made the team late for an auction, but, in the end, they were able to win the Jarvis ledgers. When working with the ledgers, Jess uncovers letters written in 1914 from artist Jeremy Cranford to Victoria Jarvis. As Jess researches the couple, she finds clues about an unknown masterpiece, and hopes to keep it a secret so she can publish a paper. That is not all she finds, for she stumbles across a body in the art vault. Now Jess is tangled in a murder investigation as well as her own secret research. Contending with murder and backstabbing coworkers, it’s hard to keep a secret without putting herself and her career in jeopardy.
VERDICT A fascinating mystery for readers who enjoyed Eva Jurczyk’s The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
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