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Antiques to Die For
by Jane K Cleland   

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Books by Jane K Cleland
· Deadly Appraisal
· Consigned to Death
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Publisher:  St. Martin's Minotaur ISBN-10:  0312368275


Copyright:  April 17, 2008 ISBN-13:  9780312368272

Josie Prescott & Jane K. Cleland Official Mystery Site

Whistleblower-turned-antiques dealer Josie Prescott, now living in New Hampshire is doing well — her business has taken off, her expertise is frequently sought for appraisals, her tag sales are well attended, and her staff is working well. Plus, she has made some friends, one of whom isRosalie, who, having lost her parents in a car accident, is the guardianof her younger sister, Paige.

When Rosalie is murdered, Josie is grief-stricken both for herself and for Paige. Trying to comfort Paige, Josie discovers that Rosalie had a secret treasure she once mentioned to Paige. Rosalie also had a secret admirer who sent her flowers and creepynotes. For Josie, who is on her own while her boyfriend, Ty, the local police chief, is away training for his new job, solving Rosalie's murder is high priority. But, when the secret admirer turns his or her attentions to Josie, she starts feeling very afraid. Fortunately Josie is in contact with Claire Brownley, one of the police officers in Ty's squad who is investigating Rosalie's murder and keeping close tabs on Josie. But, still, searching for a murderer is dangerous business, as Josie is soon reminded.

After setting up shop as an antiques appraiser, Josie Prescott’s life has not gone according to plan: business is booming and she has good friends and a promising romance—but dead bodies keep crossing her path. And now, a friend is killed just hours after confiding a secret to Josie, leaving a bereaved sister who reminds Josie of herself when her mother died.

It turns out that the victim had other secrets, too: a mysterious treasure she told her sister she was leaving behind—and a secret admirer who now seems to be turning his creepy attention to Josie. Can you imagine what it would be like to be a 12-year old orphan whose sister is murdered? Can you imagine what it would be like if your sister told you that you owned a treasure—a priceless antique—but you don’t know what it is or where it is?

Set on the beautiful and rugged New Hampshire coastline, Antiques to Die For is filled with antiques lore and complex plot twists. In the end, using her knowledge of antiques, Josie finds the valuable treasure—and solves the crime. And in doing so, she gives a young girl hope.

Professional Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Cleland's engaging third Josie Prescott mystery to feature the New Hampshire antiques dealer (after 2007's Deadly Appraisal), Josie is stunned to learn that her fun-loving friend, Rosalie Chaffee, has been found, drowned, on the Rocky Point shore. When it becomes clear Rosalie was a victim of foul play, suspicion falls on Rosalie's boss at Heyer's Modular Furniture, his scheming wife and Rosalie's gorgeous volunteer fireman boyfriend. The warm, endearing Josie decides not only to investigate but also to take care of Rosalie's 12-year-old sister, Paige. Aided by a large support group of well-drawn characters headed by her police chief boyfriend, Josie follows such clues as an old diary, an artist's palette and a misplaced tote bag. Among other antique lore, readers will learn the difference between a highboy and a tallboy in this cleverly crafted cozy.

Kirkus Reviews
The third in the series (Deadly Appraisal, 2007, etc.) contains all the usual antiques lore along with romance and a fine set of suspects. -- Harriet Klausner
The third cozy Josie Prescott amateur sleuth cozy (see CONSIGNED TO DEATH and DEADLY APPRAISAL) is a delightful New England mystery that interweaves antiquing tidbits into a fine whodunit. Josie is tough on the outside, but soft as mush inside as she cares for Paige while also seeking the culprit. The large ensemble augments the tale with depth into the world of antiques, New Hampshire, or murder.

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