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A Killer Collection Audiobook

A Killer Collection: Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Series #1

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Molly Appleby is a young writer for Collector's Weekly, and when the attractive reporter isn't covering auctions and antique shows all over the South, she's trying to get her new relationship with a coworker off the ground. When her latest assignment takes her to North Carolina pottery country to cover an exclusive kiln opening, she's certain that the show promises surprising offerings and rare finds. What she doesn't expect to find is a dead body.

George-Bradley Staunton is known throughout the antiques world as a very wealthy and very ruthless collector, and when he drops dead just after the opening, there are all too few mourners and a seemingly endless list of suspects. When the local police are stumped, Molly steps in to put her journalist's nose to work sniffing out the culprit. But no sooner does she start collecting clues than another dead body falls into her lap. As Molly digs beneath the genteel surface of antiques and collectibles, she finds a world filled with backstabbing and competition, and what started as a story about rare collections might leave Molly with nothing more than a collection of corpses.

©2006 Jennifer Stanley; revised copyright 2014 by Jennifer Stanley (P)2016 Tantor

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    Jeannette T 05-26-17
    Jeannette T 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I didn't think I would like a book about pottery"

    But I enjoyed the narrator's voice , the mystery and the characters a lot. Actually couldn't put it down!

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    LOYL-00 NY 04-08-17
    LOYL-00 NY 04-08-17 Member Since 2017

    I can now do my work and listen too. Hearing a professional reader is the best--great way to pass time.

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    "Good start this North Carolina based cozy mystery"

    Ellery Adams is an excellent cozy mystery writer. After enjoying and reading her Books by the Bay series, I thought I would give her Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Series a try. I have not been disappointed.

    Her characters are personable, and the stories are realistic, making them believable. The flow is seamless, and and the points of conflict are written well.

    All this making for good mysteries that Molly Appleby, a writer for Collector's Weekly, seems to find herself in the middle of. You will also learn many interesting points on the pottery makers and antique sellers of the Carolinas.

    Andi Arndt is a good narrator. Good with accents and voices and her North Carolina accent is most believable. Well worth the credit.

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    Cheri 03-24-17
    Cheri 03-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An Excellent Cozy Series for the Antique Lover"

    I finished this sixth book in the series just this morning. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys antiques and cozies.

    I listened to all six books in the series, one after another. Two things bothered me a bit, which I may have noticed since I listened to them in quick succession. As the series progressed, the world of antiques and antiquing in general played a lesser part in the storyline, while the murder investigation gained a much more prominent place in the story. This seemed especially true after Parker Riggs joined Ellery Adams Adams as a co-author.

    Second, while the heroine in every cozy gets caught up in investigating the crime, the overwhelming majority -- all that I have read before -- are generally told by the local authorities to stay out of their way. Let the experts handle it. That is not the case in this series. Fairly early on in the series the police are asking our heroine for her assistance, which really stretches the credulity.

    I don't want to spoil the reads for anyone else, but I will say that I enjoy how the backstory on the primary antique (or collectible) is threaded throughout the story. I think many collectors enjoy the provenance of a piece not just for the added value, but for how that story can bring a piece to life.

    Put this series in your cart. I don't believe you'll be disappointed!

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-06-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-06-16 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Pottery Lover's Delight"

    A long time collector of southern pottery, I was in heaven listening to this book . . . our son is stationed at Fort Bragg, not far from the Seagrove Potters Community in North Carolina . . . and it was like going home to hear about Molly and her mother visiting the kiln openings there . . . the nasty, greedy old George-Bradley Staunton who knocked all the fellow collectors out of the way to get his hands on the wares made my blood boil, because we collectors are a mild mannered, happy bunch of folks . . . most of us doing it for the love of the time-honored art of pottery making handed down for generations . . . each time finding a new piece or a new artist sort of like discovering a treasure to be adored . . . not exploited . . . having collected and seen many of these artists go on to the big pottery wheel in the sky, and their children choose NOT to carry on the family tradition, I relish hearing about every aspect of the making of fine pieces . . . guess there's a bad egg in every hen house, so to speak, and poor old George finally got cracked. . . hated to see the second murder happen . . . all in all, great story . . . already downloaded the next book in the series . . . but it will have to work hard to beat this one!

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    Lynda Turpin 04-11-16
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    "Great series"
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    I had read this book previously on Kindle (written under the name JB Stanley) and enjoyed it. But I prefer audio books, so I'm really happy that this series is being released in audio. I like Molly a lot. She's a likable person who I could easily be friends with. The details about collectibles, and the people who will stop at nothing to get them, are interesting and not overwhelming. It's a great read and I ordered the second in the series as soon as it was available.

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    Judith 03-29-16
    Judith 03-29-16
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    "Awful"

    Thought I'd give this series one more chance. Bad idea. Just as bad as the first. I'm done!

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    RES 03-24-16
    RES 03-24-16
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    "Not a nail biter"

    I had high hopes for this southern mystery. I love to collect things (though not of that high value!), so I was looking forward to a series I could connect with, like Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mysteries.

    Unfortunately, the writing style didn't jive with me. The plot was fine, and I really enjoyed the somewhat unconventional ending, but I just wasn't on the edge of my seat.

    I didn't feel that the characters had real depth. Maybe they are better developed in later books.

    I appreciate that the narrator did not attempt a "southern" accent. She had good character distinction, but her voice felt very sing-songy--a little too calm for the plot. I don't plan to seek out other books narrated by her, but I won't avoid them either.

    I don't regret purchasing this book, but I don't plan to buy the next in the series.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-27-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable and Entertaining"

    Ellery Adams has another good cozy mystery series. I enjoyed this book lie her others. It has interesting characters and realistic situations. I hope the rest of the series is added soon to Audible.

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    Marianne 02-24-16
    Marianne 02-24-16
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    "Very Narrow Niche Appeal"

    If you're into collecting southern pottery, you'll probably LOVE this. For anyone who isn't, well, I'd recommend Adams' Books by the Bay series first. It's a much more well-written mystery series that will appeal to a broader audience.

    I'm okay with most of the cozy murder mysteries that appeal to certain markets (baking, home repair, knitting, etc...), mostly because they don't usually consume the plot and characters. Not so with A Killer Collection. This book completely nuts with the pottery theme. I definitely learned a lot about pottery, but the characters and the actual murder mystery seemed to take a distant second and third place in precedence. The book even has scenes from a CLAY RABBIT'S perspective, scenes in which we learn that it can feel emotions, can smile, doesn't like the dark or loud noises, has a sense of smell, AND a sense of direction! So it just got too weird for me. No author is going to make to feel sorry for a chunk of clay. It would have been funny if the author hadn't been so solemnly and emphatically trying to evoke my sympathy for the thing.

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    hachiko 07-09-16
    hachiko 07-09-16
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    "First book, just so-so"

    It was an okay story. I wish I would have gotten to know the main character Molly a little better. I look forward to the next book.

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