Publication Date: April 4th, 2006
Deborah Miller’s worst days tend to involve little more than negotiating the petty politics surrounding the small Atlanta museum she runs, until she discovers the body of her friend and mentor and–almost as shocking–a secret room stocked with priceless artifacts from ancient Greece.
One of those artifacts–a five thousand year old gold death mask–is missing. Convinced that finding it will unravel the mystery of her mentor’s death, and equally convinced that the investigating authorities cannot be trusted, Deborah flies to Greece, pursuing a trail which intertwines some of the most famous excavations of the ancient world with the fall of Berlin in 1945.
Forging cautious alliances, and relying on her wit and sense of history, Deborah moves from one lethal predicament to another pursuing clues, increasingly convinced that the secret behind the mask is far darker and more dangerous than she had ever suspected.
The Mask of Atreus, which was published by Berkley (Penguin) in the USA and by numerous other publishers worldwide in 2006, is both a thoughtful mystery and a fast moving thriller full of adventure and deception.
- Reviews: The Mask of Atreus Posted on: May 8, 2006
“Rich with historical and archeological detail, this well-constructed debut from Hartley celebrates the power of legend while delivering an engrossing mystery that skips nimbly between continents and cultures… Hartley has created an enduring heroine in Deborah, who’s courageous, loyal and smart enough to learn from her mistakes. Although it’s unclear whether there are more adventures …