Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Mystery Backlist - DEADLY APPRAISAL

We've had a long run of male writers on the Monday Mystery Backlist post, so I wanted to shake things up a bit and get one of the fine ladies of the genre in. There are so many greats that we haven't highlighted here yet, and today we're going to take a look at Jane Cleland and the second book from her Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, DEADLY APPRAISAL.

Josie Prescott moved to small town New Hampshire from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Now she's the owner of Prescott's Antiques and is beginning to establish a place in her new world. Prescott's is hosting the Portsmouth Women's Guild's Annual Black and Gold Gala when a Guild representative is poisoned by the wine. The police begin to investigate who had access to the wine and Josie is one of those people. But as the investigation digs deeper, is Josie a suspect or was she the intended target?

This is a series that you've heard me rave about on here. The characters are so well created and developed that you expect them to walk off the pages and right into your living room. You don't have the bumbling amateur who solves case after case, out-smarting the police, on accident. Instead you have an intelligent, compassionate woman who does what she does best and that sometimes contributes to the law enforcement investigations. The element of the antiques in this series is as much a draw as anything else. The little tidbits that are thrown into each novel enhance the plot and add depth to the storyline. This is just a fun series. I have loved the time I've spent curled up with each book included in it, and DEADLY APPRAISAL is no exception.

DEADLY APPRAISAL was published in hardcover (ISBN: 978-0-312-34366-8) by St. Martin's Minotaur in April 2007, and the softcover (ISBN: 978-0312373337) in April of 2008.


Jane K Cleland August 19, 2009 at 1:56 PM  

Thank you, Jen. I'm so delighted you enjoyed the book!

Your readers might be interested in taking the fun, free antiques appraisal challenge on my website. It's called "What's It Worth? You Be the Judge!" and it challenges readers to pit their antiques appraisal skills against the experts. Fun!

Also, there's a "Josie" story posted there and available for reading for free. It's the Agatha- and Anthony-nominated short story "Killing Time.

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