Jane K. Cleland once owned a New Hampshire-based antiques and rare books business. But she doesn’t only cover antiques: She is also an extremely accomplished mystery writer. She is the author of eleven Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (a cozy mystery series), all from St. Martin’s Minotaur and three short stories published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Jane is the former president of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award. Glow of Death, her new book, is a very refreshing read.
A Brief Summary:
As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point’s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She’s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine.
Josie’s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbeque when he gets a call that Ava has been murdered. Unable to reach Edwin, Ellis asks Josie to identify the body.
Josie is stunned to discover that the dead woman lying on the Belcher kitchen floor is not the woman she knew as Ava. Astonishment turns to shock when Josie discovers that everything she thought she knew about the Tiffany lamp and the Belchers has been built on lies.
If you like cozy mystery, you will enjoy this title as it has been written by a master: Funny, easy to read, with plenty of informative content about North East or Antique business, the book is a delight to read.
Our Take: 3.7
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