The Antiquity Affair

by Lee Kelly, Jennifer Thorne, Brittany Pressley, Holly Linneman

On Sale: 2023-06-06

Price: $27.99

Format: Downloadable audio file

Book Summary

Two estranged sisters must band together to solve a puzzle three millennia in the making in this female-heroine take on Indiana Jones.

About the Book

An archaeologist’s estranged daughters.

1907: The dawn of Egyptology is a time of imperialism and plunder, opulence and unrest, and Dr. Warren Ford, esteemed archaeologist, is the man of the hour. His daughters—intellectual Lila, on the eve of her debut as a Manhattan socialite, and nonconformist Tess, who dreams of following in his footsteps—have always lived in his shadow, and their lives couldn’t feel more different. But when a secretive organization seeks to find a lost relic legendary for its dangerous power, it isn’t Dr. Ford they turn to—it’s his two remarkable daughters.

A legendary artifact known as the Serpent’s Crown.

Rumored to reside in the mysterious Tomb of the Five Ladies, the Serpent’s Crown will only be found by solving a seemingly impossible riddle that will open the tomb—and the organization believes that one of the Ford daughters holds the key to deciphering the code. What was supposed to be an elegant debutante ball for elder sister Lila quickly turns sinister when Tess is kidnapped and put on a ship across the Atlantic. When Lila and her father realize that Tess’s life is in danger, they must act quickly to track her down and stop the Serpent’s Crown from falling into the wrong hands.

A puzzle three millennia in the making.

A race for the Crown begins, with Lila and her father in hot pursuit of the organization and Tess. With lives at stake, the fractured family must keep their wits about them, find the artifact, and escape the ruthless men who are also determined to possess the Crown and use it to their own advantage—no matter the cost.

In this women-centered nod to the beloved Indiana Jones stories, The Antiquity Affair is a high-stakes, trans-Atlantic thrill ride, with the page-turning excitement and romance of classic adventure novels and a poignant story of sisterhood at its core.

  • An exciting turn-of-the-century adventure
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn, Laurie King, Clive Cussler, and Indiana Jones
  • Maps, diagrams, and hieroglyph clues are included in the audiobook companion PDF download.


'A deliciously entertaining, swashbuckling adventure, THE ANTIQUITY AFFAIR gives readers a mystery to unravel, romances to swoon over, and a sister story to tug at the heart. An absorbing, heart-pounding page-turner.'

'What a thrilling adventure, with sisters at the heart of it. When Tess and Lila take the reins--of horse and camel--their stories take off, brimming with cases of mistaken identities, cat-and-mouse chases, booby-trapped catacombs, first loves, encrypted clues, and a long-lost treasure that all want to get their hands on. A rousing, page-turning romp across Egypt!'

Authors Lee Kelly and Jennifer Thorne have written a rollicking tale replete with adventure, romance, mystery, and a sprinkle of the supernatural. The Antiquity Affair has been likened to Indiana Jones, and it's an apt comparison, as both are rousing adventure stories complete with ancient mysteries, hidden tombs, harrowing mantraps and pitfalls, villains bent on world domination, and fabled relics of power . . . The authors neatly subvert the trope of swashbuckling men and their archeological treasure. A fast-paced and entertaining read that I hope is not the last from Kelly and Thorne.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400240654
  • ISBN 10: 1400240654
  • Imprint: Harper Muse
  • On Sale: 2023-06-06
  • List Price: $27.99
  • Publisher: Harper Muse
  • Publication Date: 2023-06-06
  • Category 1 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • Category 2 : FICTION / Historical
  • Category 3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • Category 4 : FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century *