I am so looking forward to the premiere of Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery, set to debut at 9 p.m. on June 4 on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.
First, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel has a track record of bringing some of our favorite amateur sleuths to TV in well-done movies.
Novels by Charlaine Harris, Joanna Fluke, and Wendy Corsi Staub, among others, have successfully made the transition to movies on the channel.
Second, Emma Fielding is the heroine of the terrific novels by Dana Cameron, who, like her character, is an archaeologist.
Cameron’s six novels about Emma are a highly entertaining series.
Emma is a brilliant and driven archaeologist and I have no doubt that actress Courtney Thorne-Smith will bring this beloved character to life. Emma is used to finding artifacts that have been lost for hundreds of years.
But in Site Unseen, Emma is working on one of the most significant archaeological finds in years—evidence of a possible 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown.
But the dead man she finds at her site is no historical find. Emma becomes involved in the investigation because her dig site is in jeopardy of being shut down, thanks to local treasure-hunters and a second suspicious murder.
Cameron’s novels about Emma include Site Unseen, Grave Consequences, Past Malice, A Fugitive Truth, More Bitter Than Death, and Ashes and Bones.
The author said she devised Emma’s name when she was writing her first mystery.
“I happened to glance over at my bookcase. There I saw a copy of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, and a copy of Emma, by Jane Austen, and I put the two names together. It wasn’t for a long time that I realized how appropriate that name was—it can be read as a play on words for her job, someone who spends time in the field. I had another character point out the joke to Emma in a later book, but I felt pretty silly for not having seen it myself right away,” Cameron stated on her website.
Dana Cameron photo by James Goodwin