Crime-solving antiques dealer Josie Prescott is back―tracking down a doll collection to die for.
On a sparkling spring day in the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, with the lilacs in full bloom and the wisteria hanging low, antiques dealer Josie Prescott is showing a stellar doll collection she's just acquired to Alice Michaels, the queen of the local investment community. Moments later, Josie watches in horror as Alice is shot and killed. Within hours, one of Josie's employees, Eric, is kidnapped. The kidnapper's ransom demand is simple―he wants the doll collection. Working against the clock with the local police chief, Josie discovers that the dolls hold secrets that will save Eric and uncover the truth behind Alice's murder.
With Dolled Up for Murder, Jane K. Cleland's Josie Prescott Anitques Mystery Series "continues to offer clever mysteries studded with enough information on antiques to keep collectors coming back for more." --Publishers Weekly
Jane K. Cleland
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This book was a cozy murder mystery tied up in the world of antique dolls and grand larceny. An Antique company owner, Josie Prescott has purchased an estate collection of dolls straight from the heirs which is reason to celebrate alone. The fact that the dolls, not of a rarity, but highly collectible garners multiple bidders before anyone has even authenticated, nor even packed up completely from the previous owner's home, makes Josie wonder about what is going on.
Alice Michaels, pending indictment for a Ponzi scheme is one of the customers insisting on having first options upon the dolls when they are placed up for sale. Josie reluctantly agrees to hold a non-binding blank check...what is it about these dolls?
As the two ladies wander out to the parking lot, Alice gets gunned down as Josie seeks safety behind her vehicle. Stunned by the shock of the killing, Alice is further stunned when she learns one of her associates has been abducted.
This is another in the Antiques Mysteries, and I was caught up in the plot immediately. I love a good mystery with complex clues and interesting characters, and this is a really good one. In addition to that, I got a further education about the love of antiques and a bit more knowledge and appreciation of them from reading this book and the others in this series. I cannot wait for future books from this author!
Jane K. Cleland knows how to pull you into a story and make you not want to put the book down till you are done. What a great read as is all her Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. The setting and characters are so well developed that you will feel like you know them. The knowledge and settings with antiques make you feel as it you could see the items. All this with a dead body and killer setting and characters make for compelling and enjoyable read.
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