The Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries 

Archaeologist Sarah Wisseman's stories are based on thirty years of working

in academia, museums, and on excavations in Italy, Israel, and the U.S. She writes

two series, the Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries (set in Boston and the Middle East)

and the Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries (set in Italy). When not writing, she paints.



About Sarah's earlier novels:



About Burnt Siena : "...This book’s charm lies in its loving portrait of Siena.  The author beautifully invokes the sights, sounds and smells of that lovely city—its vital street life, the café culture of the Piazza del Campo, and even the anarchic madness of il Palio, the mid-summer horse races around the Campo in the city center.  The vividness of these word pictures is remarkable.  Indeed, in a very real sense, Burnt Siena is a love song to that city." --Bill Gresens, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


​Book 1. ​​​​​​ Flora Garibaldi, a young conservator working at her first job in Siena, Italy, discovers that her bosses are smuggling antiquities from Sicily and forging art works. (Hardcover and Kindle, Five Star/Cengage). Buy the book.

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 “The author of the "Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries" launches a new series that provides the perfect antidote for mystery buffs who still miss Iain Pears's mysteries featuring British art dealer Jonathan Argyll.” --Library Journal



"Sarah Wisseman’s latest novel, Catacomb, leads the reader beneath the streets of ancient Rome on a suspenseful search for priceless art objects hidden from the Nazis during World War II.  Dr. Wisseman’s extensive archaeological experience produces vivid and accurate descriptions as clues in a recovered diary guide her characters deeper into murky subterranean tunnels filled with danger and intrigue.  Catacomb lures armchair archaeologists and mystery fans alike down into those dank spaces with chilling reality."
--Marie Moore, Author of The Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery Series

Book 2. An art conservator and her policeman boyfriend search for a lost trove of Nazi-looted art under Rome. Buy here.

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". . . Wisseman's talent is writing character-driven novels that keep readers turning the pages and coming back for another installment. Lisa Donahue is a spunky, realistic and lovable character who readers will certainly cheer through The Fall of Augustus and the entire series . . . "
-- Champaign-Urbana News Gazette 

". . . Wisseman's novels are fast-paced and carefully constructed."
-- Mark Laughlin, Smile Politely on The House of Sphinx

"Wicked! Wisseman just keeps getting better!" 
--Molly MacRae, author of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, on The House of Sphinx 


​ ". . . Wisseman does a great job of combining 'archaeology for dummies' and a great plot with lots of action and interesting characters to make her first Lisa Donahue mystery provocative, page-turning entertainment . . . Bound for Eternity is crisp and seductive."
-- Midwest Book Review