Judith Stephens. Borrowed Rites (1986) 217 pp. [tpo]
In 1978, the discovery of a blonde mummy in storage at a University of California, Berkeley research facility sets off a series of events involving Lily West, a young woman archaeologist, recently returned to Berkeley from Afghanistan, on the eve of the Saur Revolution, where she was researching the routes of Alexander the Great. In Afghanistan, Lily had been attacked after receiving the diary of another young woman anthropologist who has since disappeared. In Berkeley, the attacks continue as she assists Harry Evans, a homicide detective with the Berkeley Police Department, in identifying the mummy. At the same time, she begins a romance with Tony Clarke, a handsome professor with a penchant for dressing like a cowboy who also happens to be her thesis advisor. When two more murders happen, Lily knows it is only a matter of time before she is next, unless she and Harry can catch the killer first.
Setting: Berkeley (University of California; 1978)