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Publisher's Summary

Molly Appleby has promised her new husband that their honeymoon will be trouble-free - specifically, no sleuthing. Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow Molly wherever she goes, even to England.

After a glorious week in London, the newlyweds have escaped the city to visit Molly's great-aunt in the quaint English village of Marlow Crossing. The setting is idyllic, as beautiful and serene as Molly could hope for, but, as the senior staff writer for Collector's Weekly knows, appearances can be deceiving. And when a local woman turns up poisoned to death, Molly's convinced there's more to the story than meets the eye.

Putting her honeymoon on hold, Molly agrees to help local inspector Devon Boyle with the case, especially since the sleepy village presents such a small number of suspects. But when two of them go missing and the tragic death of another woman comes to light, Molly realizes she's up against a much more sinister criminal than she thought. Untangling a web of lies and deceit as she searches for a motive and a murderer won't be easy, but Molly's determined to put all of her detective skills to use to catch a killer before her trip and her life are brought to a sudden end.

©2016 Jennifer Stanley and Parker Riggs (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 02-03-18

The Depths and Wages of Love and Greed

Two timelines . . . late 1800s and current day . . . and both intrigued me to no end . . . Molly and Matt are married and on their honeymoon in England . . . but as we all know, death and murder seem to follow her wherever she goes . . . and this time it has followed her across the big pond . . . visiting her great aunt Tessa, who has recently taken a fall, and was unable to make it to their wedding, they are enjoying a quiet and restful time in the countryside in the Cotswalds . . . when one of Aunt Tessa's neighbors turns up dead, poisoned by a plant growing in her Tessa's garden . . . perplexed by the murder, Molly is enlisted by the local police to assist in interviewing the locals about their possible knowledge of the crime and their association with the victim . . . I loved the history of the "eye miniature" . . . something I had never heard of before . . . so much so I had to look them up, also known as "lovers eyes", they date back to the late 1700s when the Prince of Wales secretly sent one to widow, Maria Fitzherbert. This series is one of my favorite of Ellery Adams', and I'm sad that this is the last one. Its been an absolutely wonderful ride, along with Molly from the first book to the last . . . I highly recommend the book and series!

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Great story, but narrator was monotone

I enjoyed the mystery. However the narrator was monotone and her different voices for the characters were not good.

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A fun historical cozy!

The highlight of this series is that each mystery ties back to a historical story which occurred long ago. That link of an old antique object from the 1900's having its own story woven into the main mystery is really enjoyable. It's what makes this series special.

I read a lot of cozies & by comparison this book has really enjoyable writing & narrating, but the plot has a lot of implausible characteristics. To think that the police chief of a town in England would take a civilian like Molly at her word that she's "good at solving crimes" and bringing her on board without hesitation is... Not likely. Molly stays in England after her honeymoon ends in order to help the police (at his request) and it's really not realistic. A better choice would be that the murder occurs during the honeymoon & Molly investigates on her own etc. I also missed the mother/daughter duo plot & there isn't nearly enough of the two of them together in this book. The Clara/Molly investigating chapters are what have made all the books in this series good. So, that lacked here. I also hated hearing Molly while about how much she missed Matt during the story. We get it! She kind of annoyed me this time..

Overall this isn't my favorite of installments in this series, but I did enjoy it because the narration is soothing & enjoyable and the story itself has a lot of depth. I look forward to see what happens next!

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-19-16

One of the Best in the Series

This is a great series. Ellery Adams has created engaging characters and an interesting mystery. I was disappointed in Molly's character in this story. Her actions were both foolish and rash. However, the story didn't suffer. What makes this series so delightful is the intermingling of antiques, history and of course a good mystery. Even with Molly being so rash, I still loved this story and look forward to the next one.

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Not up to other books

2 time periods. I would not have gotten if I had known. Hate Victorian. Jumps back and forth. Love her other books. Just not found of this am not finishing.

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