The Metropolitan Affair

Bethany House. (On Central Park, Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780764239632. pap. $16.99. CF
It’s 1925 in New York City, and flappers are out dancing, speakeasies are getting raided, and interest in Egyptian art is at an all-time high, thanks to recent breathtaking excavations. Dr. Lauren Westlake is the assistant curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum. NYPD detective Joe Caravello, who has loved Lauren for some time, needs her help to stop a forgery ring. She is more than suited to the task, and as a side benefit, it helps her connect once more to her neglectful father, an Egyptologist of some renown. As Joe and Lauren work the case, they begin to rekindle their relationship even as they become caught in a web of deceit and danger. In this new series starter, Christy Award winner Green (Drawn by the Current) offers details of Egyptian art, a rich cast made vivid by small details, plenty of historical references, and a plot full of red herrings.
VERDICT Classified as Christian fiction, this involving blend of historical crime story, family saga, and romance will please a range of readers. Suggest it beyond its BISAC category and put it on reading lists of cozy mysteries and gentle romances too.
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