Lethal Treasure

A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery

Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (Volume 8)

Jane K. Cleland

Minotaur Books

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For antiques dealer Josie Prescott, an abandoned storage unit is the perfect place to find some killer treasure, but finding a dead body amongst the wares is more than she bargained for

With Valentine's Day a week away and the sun sparkling on the fresh-fallen snow in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, it is the perfect day for antiques dealer Josie Prescott to pursue her newest source of unexpected treasures—the contents of abandoned storage units sold at auction.

A crowd gathers at the storage facility, including the owner of a local interior design store, Henri Dubois, who bids against a man who is new to the local auction scene. Josie is thrilled with her win, a small unit filled with Depression-era glassware and stunning vintage jewelry. The unit won by Henri includes hand-painted silent movie posters, which he eagerly hands over to Josie for appraisal.

The next morning, Josie receives a frantic call from Henri's wife and learns that he never made it home. When the police open Henri's storage unit they find him dead amidst a jumble of objects. Was he killed over one of the objects? Is his wife hiding secrets that led to his death? And who was the stranger who bid against Henri? The police turn to Josie's antiques expertise and she discovers more than provenance—she uncovers a murderer.

Jane K. Cleland's Lethal Treasure is a page-turning addition to her beloved Josie Prescott mystery series, with the fascinating antiques details and devilishly clever mystery plot that fans adore and newcomers will love.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
 
“Suzanne Dyre—she’s the new manager of the Blue Dolphin,” Leigh Ann Dubois said. “Do you know her, Josie? She hired us to help her redo her condo.”
“I don’t know the name, but if she’s bringing the Blue Dolphin back to life, she’s got to be good people!”
“She’s new to town and just as sweet as sweet potato pie. If only she’d consider other color options … she’s decided to do her living room in mauve and teal.

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“Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy Cleland’s [Lethal Treasure]… Ample antique lore and credible characters bolster an intriguing plot.” —Publishers Weekly

"Aficionados of whodunits and antiques will enjoy [Lethal Treasures] and fans of felines will appreciate the recurring scenes starring Hank, Josie's lovable Maine coon cat." —The Richmond Times Dispatch

"Lethal Treasure packs a double punch with its fascinating antiques mystery and a baffling murder mystery." —CriminalElement.com

"In Cleland's winning seventh Josie Prescott antiques mystery . . . the action builds to a seamless and fitting conclusion." —Publishers Weekly on Dolled Up for Murder

"Cleland continues to offer clever mysteries studded with enough information on antiques to keep collectors coming back for more." —Kirkus Reviews on Dolled Up for Murder

"Josie is an appealing character, a good businesswoman and an insightful sleuth. Agatha Christie would be very proud of the legacy of authors she helped start.” —Sun Sentinel


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Jane K. Cleland

JANE K. CLELAND once owned a New Hampshire-based antiques and rare books business and now lives in New York City. An Anthony Award and two-time Agatha Award finalist, she is a board member of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and chair of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards.

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Lethal Treasure
A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery
Jane K. Cleland

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2013
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ISBN: 9781250026958
ISBN10: 1250026954
304 pages
$11.99

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Minotaur Books
June 2013
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ISBN: 9781250026941
ISBN10: 1250026946
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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