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The Christie Curse: Book Collector Mystery Series, Book 1 | [Victoria Abbott]

The Christie Curse: Book Collector Mystery Series, Book 1

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She's back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card-stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There's just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst - the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

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Publisher's Summary

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She's back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card-stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There's just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst - the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

Jordan's first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera's hands. Jordan's new job is good...but is it worth her life?

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What the Critics Say

"Abbott gives readers a nicely crafted mystery." (RT Book Reviews)

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    Kathi 04-27-14
    Kathi 04-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Great new cozy series!"

    With cozy mysteries, it can be really easy to slip over the edge into sappy. This one doesn't do that. It's really quite good, and was so much fun to listen to! Victoria Abbott has done a good job of creating characters that work well together, and a plot that moved well and held my interest from beginning to end.

    Jordan Kelly is just out of school and finds a job helping a very disagreeable woman research whether there is a missing Agatha Christie play somewhere in existence. This seems great work for her. Only problem, somebody out there is willing to kill people who are trying to find it. Jordan was raised by uncles who have a questionable relationship with the law, and she may be the only one who intends to make a living in an honest way. But these uncles turn out to be some of the best characters in the book. They may operate ouside the law, but they are there for Jordan when she needs it. She also has a friend, Tiffany, whom she talks to every night by phone and who acts to be a sounding board for Jordan as she sorts out her concerns about who is doing the killing, not ruling out that even a cop she thinks of as "Officer Smiley" could be doing the deeds...finally, Jordan decides to think like Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple to uncover the murderer.

    This book is appealing because it is a clever mystery and has the double appeal of tapping into one of the most famous mystery writers in history. Jordan Kelly and several others who might well be in the next book(s) will be fun to watch develop. The narrator was okay, but there were times when I felt she overdid a couple of the voices. I hope it's just that she hasn't hit her stride yet. I think this was a good first book and look forward to reading the next in the series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Turpin ANTELOPE, CA, US 08-14-14
    Lynda Turpin ANTELOPE, CA, US 08-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this book..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to any of my friends who enjoy cozy mysteries - and it might be a good book for those who are not familiar with cozies to get started reading them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characterizations. I became very fond of Jordan and her uncles (and I was hoping that Officer Smiley would end up being a good guy). Also, the book moved along smoothly and didn't drag. It held my attention throughout.


    Have you listened to any of Carla Mercer-Meyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of her other performances, but I have listened to a lot of audio books and I thought her performance was exceptional.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually have two audio books going at once - one in the house on my Kindle and one in the car on my iPod. This one was in the car, but several times I brought it in because I didn't want to wait until I was on the road again to hear more. That's unusual for me, which is an indication of how much I enjoyed it. I will definitely be getting the remaining books in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 05-31-14
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2003

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    "A waste of a credit"

    This main character is this novel is not the brightest girl in literature. I found her character boring and irritating. The best concept are her Uncles - but they only appear in side pieces and are never fully developed. I was very disappointed in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 05-24-14
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2010

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "FUNNEY FROM BEGINNING TO END"

    WELL WORTH YOUR CREDIT, SO MUCH MYSTERY WOUND TOGETHER IS THIS YOUNG GIRLS LIFE. SHE HANDLES IT WELL AS SHE HAS YOU HOOKED FOR HOURS.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Stephens Denver, CO United States 10-30-14
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    "Charming entertainment"
    Would you listen to The Christie Curse again? Why?

    Not sure I would listen again. In fact, can't think of any books I would listen to again but a couple.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was always moving forward and revealing just enough to keep the listener coming back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Vera. What a nasty old crone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 10-26-14
    Doug Wilkie 10-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Some what of a stretch"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The whole story seemed to be trying to live off of Agatha Christie's image but could even come close. Christie the queen of mystery would not need to fear from this authour


    If you’ve listened to books by Victoria Abbott before, how does this one compare?

    my first will listen to one more with hopes of a better story and far better plot.


    Was The Christie Curse worth the listening time?

    not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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