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This is book number 13 in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries series.
The discovery of a mysterious antique trunk leads to a disappearanceand murderin the latest in this beloved cozy series set on the rugged New Hampshire coast, Jane K. Cleland's Hidden Treasure.
When antiques expert Josie Prescott finds a mysterious trunk, no one thinks it could lead to murder. Josie, the owner of Prescotts Antiques & Auctions, and her new husband, Ty, have finally found their dream home, a Victorian beauty on the beach known in the town of Rocky Point as the Gingerbread House. It was recently vacated by Maudie Wilson, an aging widow, whose concerned nieces have moved her into a nearby assisted living facility. Josie befriends Maudie, who seems surprisingly sharp, considering her familys doubts about her soundness of mind.
As Josie and Ty joyfully begin renovations on the Gingerbread House, the nieces report that Maudie, in her forgetfulness, may have left behind an old trunk, which shes desperate to get back. Sure enough, Josie finds the trunk inside a hidden compartment, and within it a jewel-encrusted box holding a sculpture of a cat. Josie can understand the sense of urgency about getting the objects backthey look valuable, and not just in the sentimental sense.
But when Josie goes to return the box to Maudie, the woman has vanished. And on the floor of her empty apartment lies a corpse, a woman bludgeoned to death. Sick with worry for Maudies safety, Josie begins to piece together the clues to the murder. Everyone around her seems to want to pitch in, from Maudies family, to the receptionist at the facility, to the young couple helping Josie with her renovations, but with the killer so close to home, Josie has to be on her guard.
"Delightful....Full of red herrings, the twisty plot builds to a satisfying conclusion, and descriptions of each authentication process are a bonus." Publishers Weekly on Hidden Treasure
"Oozing with suspense, intrigue and conniving characters....a genuine gem!" Romance Junkies
"Very clever...The characters are realistic, and the excitement and love of antiques permeate the book and make for really enjoyable reading." Marilyn's Mystery Reads
As fascinating as its predecessors with plenty of details that capture the excitement of the hunt....Also appealing are the engaging and sympathetic characters who bring warmth to this cozy mystery. Library Journal (starred review) on Antique Blues
"Suspects and motives abound...Cleland has created an appealing character in Josie, who has grown and prospered in a most satisfying way." Publishers Weekly on Antique Blues
A lovely series.
Oline H. Cogdill, MysteryScene Mag
A cozy replete with antiques lore, likable characters, and a more complex mystery than usual. Kirkus Reviews on Glow of Death
Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy Clelands [Lethal Treasure]Ample antique lore and credible characters bolster an intriguing plot. Publishers Weekly