Deadly Threads

Fashions fade, but death is eternal in Deadly Threads--Agatha finalist Jane K. Cleland’s irresistible new blend of vintage and vengeance. Josie Prescott has begun hosting classes at her antiques and appraisals shop, nestled in the cozy little coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire. The next class is on building a great vintage clothing collection. But when guest lecturer Riley Jordan is late, Josie begins class by reaching under a display table for a dazzling pair of Chanel heels. But instead of the heels, she finds Riley, dead. When it looks as if one of Josie’s employees may be involved in the murder, she teams up with the local police chief to investigate, one clue, and one fabulous vintage accessory, at a time.


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“Wow! I can’t believe it!” Gretchen said, her pretty green eyes fixed on her computer monitor. “That’s Bobby Jordan.” She lowered her voice to a near-whisper, and I knew the juicy part was coming. “Riley’s not in the photo.” She looked at me, her eyes round. “Bobby’s holding Ruby Bowers’s hand.”
I knew I shouldn’t look at the photograph. I didn’t want to contribute to the already rampant rumors that Bobby and Riley Jordan’s marriage was on the rocks. As I neatened a pile


Praise for Deadly Threads

"Authentic details of vintage clothing and jewelry, vivid descriptions of coastal New Hampshire in the early spring, credible characters, and a dramatic conclusion make this cozy a winner."
--Publishers Weekly

"A pleasing mystery."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Cleland’s latest Josie Prescott mystery is a fast-paced story that is fun to read and puzzle over.... The characters are interesting and their actions are realistically motivated."
--RT Book Reviews

"Cleland keeps the pace brisk.... Josie is an appealing character, a good businesswoman and an insightful sleuth."

In the Press

Fiction Review: Deadly Threads: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland, Minotaur, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-58656-0
Near the start of Cleland's well-crafted sixth Josie Prescott Antiques mystery (after 2010's Silent Auction), Josie is preparing for a workshop on vintage shoes and handbags at her antiques shop in Ro
- Publishers Weekly
DEADLY THREADS by Jane K. ClelandKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of DEADLY THREADS . The coastal town of Rocky Point, N.H., would be a perfect site for a thriving antiques business if it weren't for the sky-high homicide rate.
- Kirkus Reviews

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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.
  • Jane K. Cleland Photo: Christian Oth
    Jane K. Cleland


Available Formats and Book Details

Deadly Threads

Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries

Jane K. Cleland



Minotaur Books