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Antique Blues

Antique Blues

A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery

Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (Volume 12)

Jane K. Cleland

Minotaur Books

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Ever-crafty Josie must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in Antique Blues, the twelfth mystery in Jane K. Cleland's beloved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series set in New Hampshire.

When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she’s thrilled—until Mo is murdered.

It doesn’t take her long to pinpoint one suspect: Mo’s sister’s manipulative boyfriend, who sold her the print—and has now, conveniently, disappeared. Josie’s antiques know-how and detective skills soon lead her down an increasingly perplexing trail, scattered with gamblers, extramarital affairs, and under-the-table purchases.

Readers will relish a return to Rocky Point with Josie as she works together with her friends—the ambitious young reporter Wes Smith, and Rocky Point’s savvy police chief, Ellis Hunter—to sift through the conflicting stories around them and find Mo’s killer.

CHAPTER ONE


“The makeup didn’t quite cover Lydia’s black eye.”

I paused just outside the study. I knew the voice. Trish Shannon, my friend Mo’s mother, was talking about Mo’s kid sister.

I was on my way to the loft...

Praise for Antique Blues

“The 12th title in Cleland’s character-driven series is as fascinating as its predecessors with plenty of details that capture the excitement of the hunt for the history and provenance of particular art objects. Also appealing are the engaging and sympathetic characters who bring warmth to this cozy mystery.” —Library Journal (starred review)

"Suspects and motives abound... Cleland has created an appealing character in Josie, who has grown and prospered in a most satisfying way." —Publishers Weekly

“Another gift for antiques lovers, full of usable information on treasure hunting and a mystery replete with red herrings.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A lovely series.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, MysteryScene Mag

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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 the Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, has been a finalist for the Macavity and Anthony Awards, and won the Agatha Award for her book Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot. She has twice won the David Award for Best Novel. 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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