Blood Rubies

A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery

Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (Volume 9)

Jane K. Cleland

Minotaur Books

Ana Yartsin is on the verge of becoming a celebrity chef. Her custom Fabergé egg-shaped cakes have brought her national attention, as has the story behind the cakes: Her family owns the spectacular Fabergé Spring Egg snow globe, a magnificent example of the master craftsman’s work that includes five ruby-red tulips. As she prepares to be filmed for a reality TV show about the launch of her bakery in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, Ana hires antiques expert Josie Prescott to appraise the precious egg and snow globe.

The show's pilot will show Ana planning the desserts for the upcoming wedding of her friend Heather to investment guru, Jason. When Josie arrives at Ana's home, however, she finds Jason murdered and the priceless snow globe smashed beyond repair. All that remains for Josie to examine are bits and pieces—which to her shock reveal that the Spring Egg was a fake.

What has happened to the real Fabergé snow globe, if it even existed? And what does that have to do with Jason's murder? Never one to resist a puzzle, Josie teams up with her reporter friend Wes to investigate.

With Jane K. Cleland's trademark combination of antiques expertise and ingenious detection, Blood Rubies is an irresistible new mystery featuring the much-loved amateur sleuth, Josie Prescott.


Praise for Blood Rubies

Praise for Jane K. Cleland's Josie Prescott Mystery Series

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

"A sparkling entry in a distinguished series." —Richmond Times Dispatch on Lethal Treasure

"Cleland's in-depth research makes [Lethal Treasure] outstanding. Her characters go beyond sterotypes or repeats of what you've seen in earlier books. The mystery is strong and the setting, both in antiques and the locale, is well done." —RT Book Reviews

"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

"Aficionados of whodunits and antiques will enjoy Cleland's latest installment—and fans of felines will appreciate the recurring scenes starring Hank, Josie's lovable Maine coon cat."
Richmond Times Dispatch on Lethal Treasure

"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

"Cleland once again smoothly blends antique lore and a plausible whodunit in Silent Auction." —Publishers Weekly

"Fans of intelligent traditional mysteries who also enjoy Antiques Roadshow will appreciate Killer Keepsakes." —Library Journal

"Anyone who collects antiques will enjoy this satisfying cozy."
Booklist on Antiques to Die For

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Jane K. Cleland

  • JANE K. CLELAND once owned an antiques and rare books business in New Hampshire, and  now lives in New York City. Her first novel, Consigned to Death, was an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller and was nominated for the Macavity, Agatha, and David book awards. The second in the series, Deadly Appraisal, won the David Award for Best Novel, as did the seventh, Dolled Up for Murder.
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    Blood Rubies

    A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery

    Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries

    Jane K. Cleland



    Minotaur Books