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Ornaments of Death

Ornaments of Death

A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery

Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (Volume 10)

Jane K. Cleland

Minotaur Books

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Christmas lights twinkle throughout the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, and Prescott's Antiques auction venue has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Josie Prescott's annual holiday party. Josie is especially excited this year-Ian Bennington, a recently discovered distant relative, will be joining the fun. Both Ian and Josie are, it seems, descended from Arabella Churchill, a 17th century royal mistress. The party is a success and Ian is a hit. It gives Josie an unexpected thrill to have family-and unexpected dread when he vanishes.

Ian doesn't keep his dinner date with Josie's good friend, Lavinia, or his lunch date with her. Surely, he would have done so-if he could. Ian has given his daughter two priceless 17th century watercolor miniature portraits, one of Arabella and one of her lover, King James II, and they've gone missing, too. Knowing that after her nasty divorce, Lavinia is facing financial ruin, Josie can't help wondering if her friend is behind the theft-and Ian's disappearance.

Determined to find Ian, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to track the miniatures. In doing so, she learns the true meaning of Christmas-and the true meaning of family. Jane Cleland's Ornaments of Death is another masterful addition to the Josie Prescott series.

CHAPTER ONE



I did a slow 360.

When I’d asked Gretchen, Prescott’s office manager, and Eric, our operations manager, to transform our antiques auction venue into a winter wonderland for tomorrow’s holiday party, I’d envisioned...

Praise for Ornaments of Death

“Fascinating tidbits about collectibles, along with evocative descriptions of New Hampshire in winter, elevate [Ornaments of Death]. . . . Distinctive characters, including Josie’s Maine coon cat, Hank, help make this holiday cozy a winner.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers will be happy to catch up with Josie and the residents of the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point during the holidays. Bits of interesting antique appraisals are interspersed with the mystery, complementing the satisfying story.” —Library Journal

“[C]harming and informative, [Ornaments of Death] pairs plenty of antiques knowledge with a puzzling mystery.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Jane K. Cleland

JANE K. CLELAND once owned a New Hampshire-based antiques and rare books business. She is the author of several previous Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, is the winner of an Agatha Award and two David Awards for Best Novel, and has been a finalist for the Macavity and Anthony Awards. Jane is the former president of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award. She is part of the English faculty at Lehman College and lives in New York City.

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