Deadly Appraisal

Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (Volume 2)

Jane K. Cleland

Minotaur Books

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Josie Prescott is settling into her new life in New Hampshire. Her antiques business is thriving, she’s beginning to make some close friends, and her relationship with the local police chief is becoming more interesting. Not bad for someone who has completely uprooted her life as a New York City auction house expert in order to get a fresh start in a small New England town.
            With so much suddenly to lose, Josie can’t help but worry when murder invades her seemingly quiet community. Josie is sponsoring the Portsmouth Women’s Guild Annual Black and Gold Gala and is looking forward to receiving a kindly worded thank-you for her efforts. Instead, the Guild representative, Maisy Gaylor, dies a horrible death in the midst of the banquet. Who could have wanted to kill earnest, drab little Maisy? “Funny, isn’t it,” muses the hostile Detective Rowcliff, “how a lot of people end up dead when no one has any enemies.”
            Everyone who had access to the wine Maisy drank, including Josie herself, soon comes under suspicion. Can Josie manage to ferret out the truth, keep her business running smoothly, and continue to put down roots in her new town, or will everything prove too much for her to handle on her own?

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Chapter One

“So,” Detective Rowcliff asked, “did you kill her?”

My lips parted, but no words came. I’d seen poor little mousy Maisy Gaylor collapse and die at tonight’s Gala, and the horror of it was with me still. “What are you saying?” I managed. “Didn’t she have a heart attack? Or a stroke? Or something?”

“Probably not.”

“What do you mean?” I asked, confused and frightened.

“Let’s stay on track here,” he said impatiently, ignoring my question, his foot

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“A satisfying cozy debut . . . Readers will want to see more of [Josie].”
Publishers Weekly
 
Antiques Roadshow fans and mystery lovers will delight in this erudite debut and hope for a series featuring the resourceful Josie.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“As an Antiques Roadshow junkie, I am captivated by Jane K. Cleland’s Consigned to Death. Josie Prescott is an engaging heroine—smart, ethical, and brimming over with antique lore. . . . Beautifully crafted, thoroughly enjoyable.”
—Margaret Maron, author of Winter’s Child
 
“Learn from my mistake: Don’t start this one at bedtime.”
—Donna Andrews, author of We’ll Always Have Parrots
 
“Fans of Antiques Roadshow and cozy mysteries will love Jane K. Cleland’s debut mystery. . . . It’s a real find, definitely worth a nod and a bid.”
—Karen Harper, author of The Fatal Fashione
 
“Don’t just browse through Josie Prescott’s consignment shop mystery, savor the setting. Consigned to Death is chock-full of charm, humor, and intrigue in a cozy city on New Hampshire’s coastline.”
—Nora Charles, author of Death Is a Bargain

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About the Author

Jane K. Cleland

Jane K. Cleland used to own a rare-book and antiques store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and now lives in New York City with her husband and three cats. The author of one previous mystery, Consigned to Death, she is on the board of directors of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is the chair of Wolfe Pack literary awards.

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Deadly Appraisal
Jane K. Cleland

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312373337
ISBN10: 0312373333
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 352 pages
$6.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250039514
ISBN10: 1250039517
8 x 5 inches, 352 pages
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Minotaur Books
April 2007
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