Bored out of her brains she starts to read his diaries and discovers he was quite an interesting man who loved the old Greeks. First that triggers Emily to visit the museum and to study the language but while learning more about her dead husband she falls in love with the man. The man who is dead. The man she more or less ignored. She falls in a deep depression of loneliness and regret. If you ever had a broken heart this story will bring back those feelings.
But what about his friend who said he was there when he died and despises another friend of her husband? Is her husband dead or is her not? And if he is dead was he murdered? What about that guy who is such good company?
While in a whirlwind of emotions Emily also learns a lot about antiquities, forgery and more. And we do while reading the novel. Reading the Iliad and strolling from one room to the other in the British Museum.
The book is full of interesting information. I was visiting an expo about ancient Cyprus and noticed a statue of the same artist mentioned in the novel. And the vases with red or black people on them.
I can really recommend it. Definitely not a daft Victorian romance but a very layered combination of detective and coming of age story.
A later book in the series you can find here http://www.dutchysbookreviewsandfreebooks.com/2020/02/istanbul-murder-mystery-tears-of-pearl.html