This novel placed third in the Lovey awards for best historical
novel at the Love is Murder conference, 2013.
the recent "blog roll" on this book, with links to other authors!
Nephew (The Bootlegger's Nephew Prohibition Mystery) introduces Earl "Illinois" Junker, a physician and amateur archaeologist. He uses
his knowledge of local geography and archaeology to track down a murderer and break up a gang of bootleggers in central Illinois
during Prohibition. Doc Junker is aided by his nineteen-year-old flapper daughter, Anna, and his German wife Martha.
"Local author Sarah Wisseman has written the first book of a new mystery series set in Champaign County in
1923, during Prohibition in the United States...Wisseman has an easy writing style and writes vibrant and well-rounded characters..."
Margo L.Dill, The News Gazette, Champaign IL, March 18, 2012
"You don’t have to live
in Champaign County to enjoy The Bootlegger’s Nephew — it’s a fun book outside of that. But it helps if you do live here — you’ll know enough
about the area already to see how much research went into the writing and you’ll get the sense very quickly that the
author probably got things right..."
The non-fiction supplement,
The Bootlegger's Nephew Supplement, is a short summary of the author's research on Prohibition, medicine, archaeology,
daily life, etc., during the 1920s. Download a FREE copy of this supplement below (scroll down)!
Sarah lives in Champaign, IL, with her husband and two cats.
THE LISA DONAHUE SERIES:
Lisa is an archaeologist and museum curator, like her creator. She works in a (fictional)
creepy attic museum on the Boston University campus and is a specialist on ceramic technology and Egyptian mummies. The
books take her through the period just before her first marriage, the loss of her husband, her moved to Boston with a five-year
old daughter in tow, and the forming of a new family with radiologist James Barber and his son Sam. Lisa's journey brings
her into conflict with peculiar and vindictive bosses, jealous colleagues, and her best friend Ellen. The settings of the
four books combine some of the author's favorite places: Boston and Cape Cod, museums of all kinds, and the Middle East (Israel
Book 1, THE DEAD SEA CODEX (2006): Two archaeologists race to find an ancient manuscript
in Isreal before Christian fanatics destroy it...
Book 2, BOUND FOR ETERNITY (2005, new edition 2012): A museum curator discovers that an Egyptian
mummy holds the secret to two murders in her Boston Museum...Book 3, THE FALL OF AUGUSTUS (2009): When a falling statue wipes out Lisa Donahue's
boss, she becomes interim director of her Boston museum. Suddenly she's juggling murder, a major move to a new building, and
a vicious woman from her past...
Book 4, THE HOUSE OF THE SPHINX (2009): While traveling in Egypt, an archaeologist and her physician
husband stumble upon a plan to infect Western tourists with smallpox...
***News flash! Sarah's first mystery, Bound for Eternity, is now
an audio book! http://iambik.com/books/bound-for-eternity-by-sarah-wisseman/
"Wicked! Wisseman just keeps getting better!"
--Molly MacRae, author of the novel Wilder Rumors and
short stories in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery
"...Wisseman’s books are of
interest for a number of reasons: she lives and works right here in Champaign-Urbana, the novels are fast-paced and carefully
constructed, and the author’s background as a UI archaeologist add other dimensions for the reader to consider.
So, if you want to support a local author, enjoy a crafted mystery, or ponder the relationship between science and suspense,
head to Jane Addams bookstore and pick up one of Sarah Wisseman’s novels."
Here's another article about her books from the University of Illinois News Bureau.
For other archaeological mysteries by a variety of authors, check out archaeologist Bill
Gresens' review site.