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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



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.


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...

Praise for Ornaments of Death

“Jane Cleland is at the height of her storytelling prowess here; consequently, Blood Rubies ranks among the very best in this series.” —Hartford Book Examiner

“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 stereotypes 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

“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


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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 nine previous Josie Prescott Antiques and has been a finalist for the Macavity, Anthony, and Agatha awards and 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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