Welcome to the webpage of Steven Kuehn, mystery author and archaeologist. Hope you find it of interest, and please contact me with any comments or questions!

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Sunken Dreams: A Jake Caine Archaeology Mystery is now available!

This is the first book in the series, combining archaeology and the traditional mystery thriller. Please stop back often to find out about giveaways and author events.

Book Signing at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois

Magna cum Murder Photos!

Had a wonderful time at Magna cum Murder in Indianapolis, Indiana! Met some great fellow authors and lots of interesting, engaging mystery fans.

Also shared a book table with author Molly MacRae.

And even sold some copies of Sunken Dreams! Very exciting for my first book signing – I had a line! Already looking forward to a return visit in 2017!

Upcoming Events!

In October, I will be attending to wonderful book events in the Midwest.

Indie Author Day, Mahomet Public Library, Mahomet, Illinois (October 8, 2016). The day’s events include writing workshops for adults, teens, and youths; presentations on local history and folktales by two prominent area writers; and a local author Meet-and-Greet and book signing. Stop by in the afternoon to discuss archaeology, mysteries, and more! Additional details can be found at the Mahomet Public Library’s website: www.mahometpubliclibrary.org. Hope to see you there!

Magna Cum Murder XXII, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 28-30, 2016). On Halloween weekend, I’ll be attending the Magna Cum Murder Crime Writing Festival, sponsored by Ball State University. For over 20 years this event has brought together a fantastic crowd of crime writers, mystery readers, and booksellers, for a three-day celebration of the genre. Numerous panels, signings, and activities are planned, with something for everyone! For more information, check out the Magna Cum Murder website: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/ebball/magnacummurder.


The early reviews are in!

Sunken Dreams is a well-written and engrossing whodunit. Kuehn’s deft handling of plot and character bring the mystery to a satisfying conclusion…”

-Sarah Wisseman, author of Burnt Siena, Catacomb, and Bound for Eternity


“For years I have hoped for an archaeological mystery set in Wisconsin and Steven Kuehn’s initial Jake Caine novel fills the bill admirably. It is a well-written, well-plotted tale, stocked with believable characters. Four enthusiastic trowels for Sunken Dreams!”

Bill Gresens, Book Reviewer, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


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Advanced Reading Copies of Sunken Dreams!

Recently received and proofed my advanced reading copies (ARC) of Sunken Dreams, the first book in the Jake Caine Archaeology Mystery series. The book looks great overall, and I found only two small errors that needed correction; it really helps a lot when you have great editors who can help you produce a polished, professional novel. As a writer, you find it difficult at times to edit your own work. The brain fills in gaps, and since you know the story by heart (or nearly so), you tend to gloss over things too quickly.Sunken Dreams ARC

Copies of the Sunken Dreams ARC have been sent out to various agencies and individuals for review, prior to final publication and review. Five Star/Cengage takes care of most of this task, but I’ve sent out a few copies myself. I’ll be posting early reviews in the next few weeks!

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Sunken Dreams to be released in May 2016!

A slight delay in the release date for Sunken Dreams, I’m afraid. You will have to wait until May 18, 2016, to enjoy the first Jake Caine Archaeology Mystery. On the plus side, it will be available just in time for the summer reading season! Here is a draft of the cover image:

And since Sunken Dreams takes place at an archaeological field school, I would strongly recommend a copy for all of my colleagues running field schools in the Midwest this year! But don’t worry that this is a dry, overly technical archaeological report – Sunken Dreams is a thrilling mystery sure to entertain everyone!

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Sunken Dreams – Soon to be published!

Hello all-

Approximately 150 days until SUNKEN DREAMS is published and released!

Come back soon for more information, and thanks for your interest!



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