As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine.Read more...
As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine.
Josie s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbeque when he gets a call that Ava has been murdered. Unable to reach Edwin, Ellis asks Josie to identify the body.
Josie is stunned to discover that the dead woman lying on the Belcher kitchen floor is not the woman she knew as Ava. Astonishment turns to shock when Josie discovers that everything she thought she knew about the Tiffany lamp and the Belchers has been built on lies.
Readers will delight in spending time in Rocky Point as these much-loved characters come together to solve a dastardly crime. In this cunning and twisty tale of envy, greed, and revenge, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to learn the truth about the priceless Tiffany lamp and to discover Ava s killer."
- ISBN-13: 9781250102973
- ISBN-10: 1250102979
- Publisher: Minotaur Books
- Publish Date: November 2016
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Well-defined characters compensate for the overly complicated plot of Clelands 11th mystery featuring Rocky Point, N.H., antique dealer Josie Prescott (after 2015s Ornaments of Death). At the waterfront mansion of businessman Edwin Towson, Josie informs Edwin and his wife, Ava, that the Tiffany lamp he asked her to appraise is genuine and might fetch as much as $1.5 million at auction. Things get complex quickly when theres a murder at the Towson mansion, though the woman lying dead on the kitchen floor is the not the person Josie met earlier. More shocks follow when it appears that someone also impersonated Edwin and details about the Towsons troubled marriage begin to emerge. Josie, angry about being conned, digs deep for clues with the aid of Rocky Points police chief Ellis Hunter and reporter Wes Smith. Suspects include the real Edwin Towson and Avas sister. Cozy fans wont mind that Josies efforts lead to the unmasking of some unlikely scammers. Agent: Cristina Concepcion, Don Congdon Associates. (Nov.)