The Metropolitan Affair

series: On Central Park

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A Booklist Top 10 Romance Novel of 2023

Bestselling author Jocelyn Green sweeps you away in a dazzling novel of secrets, betrayal, and romance within one of New York City's most esteemed museums.

For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she'd accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father's offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York's wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut's tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York's high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger's identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.

"A second-chance love story set amidst the glamor of New York City during the roaring twenties. . . . This novel is a richly layered delight."--ELIZABETH CAMDEN, RITA and Christy Award-winning author


"The Metropolitan Affair is a second-chance love story set amid the glamor of New York City during the Roaring Twenties. The novel weaves historical mysteries with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at museum work and the problems of art fraud. I loved the fast-paced jaunt through elite museums, Jazz Age parties, and antique-filled mansions on Long Island's famed Gold Coast. With smart leading characters, a compelling storyline, and a deep dive into Egyptian antiquities, this novel is a richly layered delight."

Elizabeth Camden, RITA and Christy Award-winning author

"A splendid and fascinating world is captured both in the golden age of the Met and through Green's marvelously painted New York. With a dash of Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody that is sure to delight fans of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Metropolitan Affair finds Jocelyn Green at the top of her game as one of the reigning queens of inspirational fiction."

Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

"As always, Jocelyn Green pens a novel rich in history, character, and meaning. A complex exploration of family and loyalty lends depth to a thrilling mystery and a swoony romance. Steeped in fascination for ancient Egypt and 1920s New York, The Metropolitan Affair delivers on all fronts! Savor every word."

Sarah Sundin, bestselling and award-winning author of The Sound of Light and Until Leaves Fall in Paris

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    Jocelyn Green

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"Gripping. . . . With a convincing backdrop of Prohibition-era New York, Green carefully weaves historical detail and complex relationships into a tense narrative that doesn't let up till the close. The author's fans won't be disappointed."

Publishers Weekly

"In this new series starter, Christy Award winner Green (Drawn by the Current) offers details of Egyptian art, a rich cast made vivid by small details, plenty of historical references, and a plot full of red herrings. Classified as Christian fiction, this involving blend of historical crime story, family saga, and romance will please a range of readers. Suggest it beyond its BISAC category and put it on reading lists of cozy mysteries and gentle romances too."

Library Journal

"A captivating, multilayered mystery. . . with exciting clues and shocking revelations, this is an uplifting story of faith with many intriguing twists and ever-raising stakes, all leading to an unexpected conclusion."


"[A] captivating tale... Green presents the perfect combination of well developed characters, sweet romance, a glimpse into history, and a fascinating, well-researched mystery. Fans of Elizabeth Camden and Elizabeth Peters will be delighted by the start of this new series."

Booklist starred review