Antique Blues
by Cleland, Jane K.

When her friend Mo's family asks her to appraise two rare and valuable pieces right before Mo is murdered, amateur sleuth, antiques expert, and bride-to-be Josie Prescott follows leads to an unscrupulous boyfriend.

JANE K. CLELAND once owned a New Hampshire-based antiques and rare books business. She is the author of the Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, has been a finalist for the Macavity and Anthony Awards, and won the Agatha Award for her book Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot. She has twice won the David Award for Best Novel. Jane is the former president of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and chairs the Wolfe Pack's Black Orchid Novella Award. She is part of the English faculty at Lehman College and lives in New York City.

Josie Prescott, owner of Prescott's Antiques and Auctions in New Hampshire, investigates when her friend Mo Shannon is murdered. Shannon had recently asked Josie to appraise an expensive Japanese woodblock print. The person who sold Mo the print, Mo's sister's boyfriend, Cal, disappears right after the murder, and, as Josie researches the print, she begins to believe that it may be a fake. Josie's company is also involved in appraising a vintage guitar owned by Mo's blues-guitarist father. Josie's friend, reporter Wes Smith, assists in her investigation, which leads to the uncovering of a gambling ring and a fraud scheme. Fascinating details about appraising antiques are well integrated in this cozy mystery, which is populated with sympathetic, well-drawn characters. Series fans will enjoy news of Josie's upcoming wedding and business-expansion prospects. Unfortunately, the story is marred a bit by a confusing plot point concerning how Josie contacts the person perpetuating the fraud. Readers interested in antiques and collectibles will also enjoy Sharon Fiffer's Jane Wheel and Barbara Allan's Trash 'n' Treasures series. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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 chie f 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. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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