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)


Archaeological and Historical Mysteries

"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

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.

​​​​​ 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

​More about the story

 “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

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

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

Sarah Wisseman

​ ". . . 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