ANTIQUE BLUES by Jane K. Cleland


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A request from a friend to appraise her new purchase leads antiques appraiser Josie Prescott [16] (The Glow Of Death, 2016, etc.) into a morass of murder.

While Josie plans her wedding to Ty Alvarez, whose job with Homeland Security repeatedly takes him from their home in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, to Washington, D.C., they attend a party at the house of former professional golfer Trish Shannon and her husband, Frank, a musician whose daughter, Mo, asks Josie to appraise a Japanese woodblock print she’s used an unexpected inheritance to purchase. The seller is Mo's sister Lydia’s boyfriend, Cal Lewis, a charming, handsome professor of art who makes Josie’s flesh creep. Josie quickly learns that the gallery where Cal reportedly bought the stunning print knows nothing about it and realizes that her suspicion that the print is fake will cause trouble. Arriving at the Shannon home to ask Mo and Cal about the print, Josie finds Mo dead and Cal missing. While her friend police chief Ellis Hunter looks for a killer, Josie continues to unearth further details about the print. Mo’s print may have been just one of many Cal sold to support his major gambling habit. But Cal is far from the only suspect. Mo’s toying with the prospect of getting back together with her ex-husband makes his present girlfriend jealous. Mo’s ice-cold sister, Lydia, seems more interested in protecting Cal than in finding her sister’s killer. Meanwhile, Frank Shannon has asked Josie to appraise his guitar, which could be worth big bucks, and a friend who runs a nearby antiques center has proposed merging their businesses. Despite having more than enough to keep her fully occupied, Josie can’t let the murder of her friend go. She finds once again that antiques may provide the answer.

Another gift for antiques lovers, full of usable information on treasure hunting and a mystery replete with red herrings.

Pub Date: April 24th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-250-14874-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018


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