Introducing "A Head in Cambodia," the first Jenna Murphy mystery

"Nancy Tingley's spellbinding mystery beautifully weaves together lush language the intricacies of the Asian Art world and page-turning tension. Richly rendered scenes follow one up on the other, making the reader wish the book would never end."

Nina Schuyler, author of The Translator

"In her stellar debut, Nancy Tingley combines art, murder and Southeast Asia into a compelling tale. Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Tingley's novel will keep readers up late at night. Jenna Murphy is a curator worth rooting for. We will be hearing more from this talented newcomer."

- Sheldon Siegel, author of Special Circumstances

"In a crowded field of art history whodunits, this first novel stands out for its focus on Cambodian sculpture, history, and mythology. Jenna, an unabashed sleuth both on and off the job, is a fresh new voice. A great pick for fans of of Iain Pears and B.A. Shapiro looking to expand their geography." 

- Catherine Lantz, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Library, Library Journal

About the Book

When the alluring, eleventh-century Cambodian stone head of Radha, consort to Krishna, shows up at the Searles Museum, young curator Jenna Murphy doesn’t suspect that it will lead her to a murder. Asian art is her bailiwick, not criminal investigation, and her immediate concern is simply figuring out whether the head is one famously stolen from its body, or a fake. When a second decapitation happens—this time of an art collector, not a statue—Jenna finds herself drawn into a different kind of mystery, and the stakes are life or death. It turns out that the same talents for research and for unraveling puzzles—the bread and butter of an art historian—have perfectly equipped her to solve crimes. She’s certain the sculpture provides clues to help her solve the case, which takes her to Thailand and Cambodia. But the collectors, dealers, and con artists of the Bangkok art world only compound her questions.