The Fossil Hunter

by Tea Cooper

On Sale: 2022-08-09

Price: $17.99

Book Summary

From USA TODAY bestselling author Tea Cooper comes the story of how a fossil discovered at London's Natural History Museum leads one woman back in time to nineteenth-century Australia and a world of scientific discovery and buried secrets.

About the Book

Buried secrets. An ancient fossil. And one woman’s determination to unravel a nineteenth-century mystery.

Australia, 1847. The last thing Mellie Vale remembers before the fever takes her is sprinting through the bush with a monster at her heels—but no one believes her. In a bid to curb Mellie’s overactive imagination, her benefactors send her to visit a family friend, Anthea Winstanley. Anthea is an amateur paleontologist convinced she will one day find proof that great sea dragons swam in the vast inland sea that covered her property millions of years ago. Mellie is instantly swept up in the dream.

1919. Penelope Jane Martindale arrives home from the battlefields of World War I intent on making peace with her father and commemorating the deaths of her two younger brothers in the trenches. Her reception is disappointing. Desperate for a distraction, she finds a connection between a fossil at London’s Natural History Museum and her brothers’ favorite camping spot—also the last place they were seen before falsifying their ages to join the army. But the gorge has a sinister reputation: seventy years ago, several girls disappeared from the area. So when P. J. uncovers some unexpected remains, the past seems to be reaching into the present. She’s determined to find answers about what happened all those years ago . . . and perhaps some closure on the loss of her brothers.

  • USA TODAY bestselling and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author
  • Full-length historical mystery
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs


'Beautiful writing makes way for a beautiful story in The Fossil Hunter by Tea Cooper. With the same care a paleontologist unearths a fossil, Cooper has crafted a historical mystery that reveals itself layer by layer, piece by piece, and secret by secret. Highly entertaining and much recommended!'

'This elegant dual narrative historical from Cooper (The Cartographer's Secret) follows a young woman as she pieces together the fate of a 19th-century paleontologist . . . Cooper's confident prose and deep empathy for her characters will keep readers hooked as she unspools her intrigue-filled mystery. Historical fans will want to dig this one up.'

'Inspired by real Victorian female fossil hunters, Cooper fills the page with strong and intriguing female characters. There's a soupand ccedil;on of romance, but the real focus is on these trailblazing women. Highly recommended for all libraries.'

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400237968
  • ISBN 10: 1400237963
  • Imprint: Harper Muse
  • On Sale: 2022-08-09
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Publisher: Harper Muse
  • Publication Date: 2022-08-09
  • Category 1 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • Category 2 : FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century *
  • Category 3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth