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The Bone Vault (Alexandra Cooper #5)

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In the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exquisite Temple of Dendur, a monument to an ancient world, a very modern debate is raging at a gala dinner: a controversial new exhibit is fiercely opposed by many among the upper echelon of museum donors. Alex Cooper steps into this highly charged ring of power players only to make a much more troubling discovery: a young museum resear ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 21st 2012 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Lyn Elliott
Jan 21, 2017 Lyn Elliott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
'You'll really enjoy the background settings of Fairstein's stories', said my enthusiastic friend. And I did, very much - the labyrinthine buildings and politics of two great New York museums; ethics of the ways in which past and present collections were/ are assembled; collection storage and display; and a cleverly selected cast of characters.
I was more interested in the interactions with museum staff than in the interactions between the investigators, which seemed more formulaic, perhaps becau
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Vicki Klemm
I really like Linda Fairstein's books because she adds some of New York's history. In this book, I found out about the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum and the Cloisters. I have visited those museums and it was interesting to learn some history. Having read several of her books, I really like the characters and how they interact. I like that they play 'Final Jeopardy'. I learn something when I read these books and I am engaged throughout trying to guess "who done it".
Jerry
Jul 02, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Deadhouse, but still a chore to get through...

We've read all five of Fairstein's novels featuring Alex Cooper, her fictional Asst. DA for sex crimes of the NYC DA's office, the same job our author held for 25 years until her recent retirement. While the first three novels were pretty good, her fourth, "Deadhouse", disappointed all but her most ardent fans -- too much of a history lesson about an obscure NYC island, and too much silly action by our leading lady detracted from what te
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Quenya
I absolutely loved the mystery to be solved in this book. The museums and history about the museums are totally worth the read. It was a truly fascinating part of the book and very well done by the author. The setting and mystery really is what encouraged me to give this book a 4 star rating.

The relationships between Alexandra, Mike and Mercer continue to be very well developed and still appreciate the interactions between the three characters. There were some great supporting characters in thi
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Maurean
In this book, we are taken behind the scenes of New York’s most magnificent and mysterious recesses of both the Metropolitan Museum of Arts and The American Museum of Natural History. A large and controversial new exhibit is set to combine the resources of both organizations, but has raised fierce opposition from some of the museum's elite. Assistant DA Alex Cooper is off duty for the evening, until the director of the Met informs her of the body of a young researcher that has been found in an a ...more
Richard Brand
Fairstein seems to have a great ability to educate and inform with her stories. This one was a long education about the whole subject of museums and their operation. The examples being the Met and Natural History museums in New York. The three main characters were active again, but Mike was less aggressive in his comments about Alex and there was less "love" for Alex in the story. I think they continue to be good reads
Bettynz
Enjoyed this for a second time, and courtesy of my goldfish memory of books, it was all a nice mystery once more. I hunted it down, remembering the opening was set in the Temple of Dendur in the Met Museum, having just been there. Visual memory applied to books is a wonderful thing - brings it really alive. Always love Linda Fairstein, and forever wondering if/when Coop and Chapman are going to realise they are meant to be together. Not for another many books, anyway!!!
Angie
Jun 24, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love any book that mentions Oregon. And while I haven't done actual fact-checking on some of the stuff mentioned in this book, it seems so factual! It comes before the other book of hers I read and I do suggest reading them in order.

It's a good detective story. Without elaborating, I recommend.
Audrey
Just when I go on a rant about this author's tired plotting, she pulls a book like this out of her bag: total museum fetish deliciousness. The ending made no sense at all at all at all, and the subplot was just in there because... editor called and reminded her? No idea. But hello MUSEUM PORN.

Four-star book with a three-star ending.
Elizabeth
Jun 10, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying these books so much. I love the bond between the three main characters, Mercer, Mike, and Alex. I like the behind-the-scenes glimpse that we get at the two museums that are prominent in NYC. I think the plots are realistic because there is an ongoing case but also other political, personal, and professional complications. A fun thing is that we learn cop slang.
Terri
Mar 06, 2012 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Decent read. LOVED all the museum info and intrigue. The behind the scenes in big museums has always fascinated me. But the motive didnt do it for me
Kathleen
I liked the premise, the chase and the reveal. It was an interesting look at behind the scenes of museums in general. I had a tough time believing a prosecutor would be in the field as much as this one was.
LibraryEnthusiast
Not my favorite in this series.
Philip
Her books are beginning to become predicable.
Sandie
Oct 09, 2011 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of police procedurals, New York City lovers
Recommended to Sandie by: A Novel Idea Bookstore
THE BONE VAULT
By Linda Fairstein
Scribner
January, 2003

Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper leads a fascinating and diverse life. As head of the sex crimes unit in New York City with over 40 attorneys under her supervision, there is no lack for cases to solve. She often crosses paths with NYPD homicide Detective Mike Chapman as well as Mercer Wallace who is on the Special Victims Squad.

In one of the few evenings she spends away from the job, Alex attends a gala reception at The Metropolit
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Jenny
Mar 26, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another reviewer says, this installment is better than The Deadhouse, but I still feel like it got a little caught up in itself.

Things that I like about all the books:
- Alex's relationship with Mike & Mercer
- that they visit the same restaurants
- that we get insight into other cases outside of the major case of the book
- Alex's and Mike's Final Jeopardy bets

Things that I don't like that is in each of her books so far:
- History lessons (I like history more than the average person, but ofte
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Chris
Apr 20, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that like mystery/and museum
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY


Personal note-- to much history for me...but going w/3 stars
The Bone Vault begins in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's glorious Temple of Dendur, where wealthy donors have gathered to celebrate a controversial new exhibit.

An uneasy mix of scholarship, showbiz, and aggressive marketing, "A Modern Bestiary" will be
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Shelley
Synopsis: Following the critically acclaimed and top ten Best Seller The Deadhouse, Linda Fairstein now takes us behind the scenes of some of New York's magnificent and mysterious institutions in her most electrifying Alexandra Cooper thriller yet. The Bone Vault begins in the glorious Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where wealthy donors have gathered to hear plans for a controversial new exhibit. An uneasy mix of scholarship and showbiz. The exhibition has raised fierce oppo ...more
Joy
Jan 18, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bone Vault begins in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's glorious Temple of Dendur, where wealthy donors have gathered to celebrate a controversial new exhibit.

An uneasy mix of scholarship, showbiz, and aggressive marketing, "A Modern Bestiary" will be a joint venture of the Met and the American Museum of Natural History. With its IMAX time trips and Rembrandt refrigerator magnets, the "Bestiary" has raised fierce opposition from some of New York's museum elite.

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper,
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Christa
Jul 28, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The Bone Vault is another great book in the Alexandra Cooper series. As is typical for Linda Fairstein books, this was an intense, absorbing mystery involving prosecuter Alexandra Cooper and her detective colleagues, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace.

An ancient sarcophagus being transported from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is discovered to contain a murder victim whose demise was sometime in the last several months. Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper is in a position to immediately become i
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Swissmiss
This book was pretty good, good enough to keep me wanting to read further anyway. The dialogue was snappy and full of cop lingo, maybe too much in fact. It came off sounding forced at times (do people really talk that way?).

What really brought this book down for me was first of all the characterizations: I never really got a feel for any of the characters, and in fact I still can't tell two of them apart (Mike and Mercer). The narrator didn't have a very distinct voice and never really seemed t
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Carl Alves
The setting for the murder that is at the center of The Bone Vault takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alexandra Cooper is investigating the murder of a woman who used to work there. She was working on a modern bestiary that was a joint venture between the Met and American Museum of Natural History. Cooper finds the murder victim in a sarcophagus intended for an Egyptian princess. Setting plays a key role in this novel as much of the investigation takes place at the respective museums ...more
Kaye
Have mixed feelings about the 5th in the Alexandra Cooper series. I liked it more than the last novel mostly for the setting. A modern day body is found in a ancient sarcophagus just before it is sent to a museum in Egypt. Cooper and her detective pals are all set on solving the mystery. At first I loved the settings of NYC famous Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Natural History Museum. I enjoyed some of the background and behind the scenes of the museums. Then Fairstein seems to put WA ...more
Leigh
Aug 02, 2012 Leigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a few years ago when it was first published. I was interested in it because it was pegged as a mystery set in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. An Egyptian sarcophagus being shipped out of the museum is found to contain modern-day human remains instead of the ancient princess it was supposed to hold. Therein lies the mystery, which sounded very interesting.

I did enjoy reading and learning about the daily happenings inside such a pretigious museum, its talented and educated
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Jillian Fischer
First, let me say that Linda Fairstein is a brilliant woman. She's a former prosecutor who dealt primarily with crimes of violence against women & children, & she served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan D.A.'s office for almost 30 years. She's a very bright woman with an enormous amount of experience, and an excellent writer, as well. Unfortunately, I am just not a big fan of the murder-mystery genre. It takes a special book/unique writer to snag my interest. Fairstein's b ...more
Andrea
Aug 15, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
Alexandra Cooper #5

Alex's good friend Nina Baum is in town on business with a client setting up a business deal with a projected joint show with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. During an all-star evening presentation announcing the project, the director of the Metropolitan receives information that a sarcophagus being shipped by the museum to Cairo, Egypt, was opened in the process of being loaded for shipping, revealing that an ancient mummy was missing and a v
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Ed
Aug 30, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Alexandra Cooper series.

NYC ADA Alexandra Cooper series - "Coop" is an attractive workaholic in her 30s, ambivalent about her current relationship with an always-on-the-road NBC correspondent. While she's attending a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, new Met director Pierre Thibodaux pulls her aside and asks for help with a recent crisis: a customs security dog found that a Met sarcophagus ready for shipment back to Cairo contained the corpse of a young female researcher fro
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Amy
Jan 10, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
This book was fairly interesting, not so much in the story itself but in the backstory and background information that were essential to the plot-- the inner workings of the Metropolitian useum of Art, the Cloisters, the Musuem of Natural History, and cultural anthropology in general. The story was well crafted, though it did bog down a bit in parts. Characters interesting-- and probably worth following in another book sometime, should I need a mystery fix satisfied. It seemed to take a while t ...more
Ladyslott
I like Linda Fairstein’s novels, they are well written, and I enjoy the repartee of the man characters Alexandra Cooper, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace.

This case involved a body found in a sarcophagus that was being shipped to Egypt as part of a museum exchange. How did the body of an obviously 21st century woman get into this mummy case, and where is the mummy of the princess who is supposed to be there?

I really enjoyed reading all the background information on museums and all that goes into p
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Leslie
Oct 17, 2008 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What I learned from this book is far, far more than I ever wanted to know about the Metropolitan Museum of Art or of the Museum of Natural History. One interesting fact: what area of the Met makes far more money than any other? The parking garage. While I like the characters, Ms Fairstein's writing is very straightforward, no little comic nuances, no little asides, nothing, just "here's the story". And, as I read in another review, it was tedious. It got so tedious that I skipped the final 30 pa ...more
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Linda Fairstein (born 1947) is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. She served as head of the sex crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney's office from 1976 until 2002 and is the author of a series of novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper.

Like Fairstein, Alex ('Coop') Cooper is in charge of the Special Victims Unit of th
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“I've just been around too much death today not to wonder why we find it appropriate to organize our festivities in and around the tombs of all these ancient cultures.” 2 likes
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