An art conservator and her policeman boyfriend search for a lost trove of Nazi-looted art under Rome

​​​​ 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 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

Archaeologist Sarah Wisseman's stories are based on 30 years of working

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

**Coming April 1: Catacomb (see below)

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

 ". . . 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

". . . 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

Archaeological and Historical Mysteries


The Flora Garibaldi Art History Mysteries

Burnt Siena (2015)

​Catacomb (2016)

The Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries:

The Dead Sea Codex (2006)

Bound for Eternity (2005)

The Fall of Augustus (2009)

The House of the Sphinx (2009)

Stand-alone historical mystery set in Prohibition-era Illinois:

The Bootlegger's Nephew (2012)

Short stories (Kindle editions)

Let There Be Light



Mummy Dearest

The Morrow Plot

Heaven for Roosters

Then Fall, Caesar

Malice Archaeological


The Virtual Mummy (University of Illinois Press, 2003)

Prohibition in Central Illinois (Supplement to The Bootlegger's Nephew)