Molly Appleby's career as a reporter for Collector's Weekly is finally taking off, as is her relationship with coworker Matt Harrison. But the more time she spends covering Southern antiques and collectibles, the more times she finds herself face-to-face with a new mystery. And when she's sent to Nashville to cover the famous Heart of Dixie auction, where all the major players in the world of collectibles gather, her hopes of steering clear of foul play are quickly dashed when a renowned and well-respected dealer is found murdered.
Sifting through the clues among the aristocracy of antiques is no easy task, and Molly soon discovers the world of high-end dealers is filled with bitter rivalries, shady tactics, and questionable characters. And when one of them makes an attempt on Molly's life, she realizes time is running out, and as she tries to unlock a mystery shrouded in old secrets and new cover-ups, she just might find that what looks like a priceless antique is the key to a very modern murder.
©2007 Jennifer Stanley; revised copyright 2015 by Jennifer Stanley (P)2016 Tantor
This is a fast read with a lot of twists and turns that keep you interested. The plot and the characters are all well developed and realistic. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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This series has gotten better with each book. The characters have really developed & have more of a depth to them than in book 1. I love how Molly & her mom are this mother/daughter sleuthing duo. They perfectly balance each other out, and it's such a wonderful thing to see mothers and daughters work together. Ive never seen that in a series before, & it's my favorite quality that keeps me coming back for more.
I only had one qualm that somehow annoyed me throughout...this story was set in Nashville Tennessee at the Opryland hotel. It's a huge & well known hotel... With obviously 100+ security cameras. It's really just not realistic for all these murders to keep happening & for him/her to slip between the police's fingers. I know this is a cozy mystery but it still needs to at least address the giant elephant in the room or go about it differently. Otherwise, I loved the dynamics in this story & I look forward to seeing what's next for Molly in book 4
I like the progression of this series. This is book #3, and each new book is better than the one before. I am not familiar with the world of collectables, but these books are giving a good look into the world, without dragging you down with too much detail. I really like the character developments, both of the primary characters and the secondary ones as well. I've become very fond of Molly, Matt and Clara, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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