Monday, February 20, 2012

Dolled Up for Murder - a great review from PW!


From Publishers Weekly: Dolled Up for Murder


Jane K. Cleland. Minotaur, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-00184-9

In Cleland’s winning seventh Josie Prescott antiques mystery (after 2011’s Deadly Threads), someone guns down Josie’s friend and client, financial adviser Alice Michaels, outside Josie’s Rocky Point, N.H., shop, Prescott’s Antiques and Auctions, shortly after the two women examine a valuable collection of dolls that Josie just bought for resale. That Alice “was being investigated for running a mega-Ponzi scheme” may suggest a motive for murder. When Josie’s loyal shop assistant, Eric, disappears, kidnappers demand the prized dolls as ransom. Meanwhile, Josie finds rare Civil War currency inside a vintage Chatty Cathy doll with the miniphonograph removed. Working with Rocky Point’s limited police force (no FBI wanted for this homespun case) and amid eager reporters, Josie once again proves an adept sleuth. The action builds to a seamless and fitting conclusion. Author tour. Agent: Cristina Concepcion, Don Congdon Associates. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/20/2012

7 comments:

Derrick said...

Nice Jane! Keep up the great work. Hope you'll be teaching another class at the Aug. residency.

Jenn Powers said...

Excellent! Congratulations, Jane!

Brian Thiem said...

Wow, great review. Not sure I could read a book with a doll on the cover in public though. Does your publisher make them with plain brown covers?

Tim Weed said...

Fantastic, Jane!

Jane K. Cleland said...

Brian, you're too funny. Suffice it to say that I write for my readers, and you ain't her.

Thanks, everyone!

Laura B. Hayden said...

Congratulations on the positive review.

Jane K. Cleland said...

Thank you all.

Kirkus just gave DOLLED UP a great review, too! Yay! "Cleland continues to offer clever mysteries (Deadly Threads, 2011, etc.) studded with enough information on antiques to keep collectors coming back for more."

And there's a terrific interview in a public library online magazine -- needless to say, I'm thrilled!
http://publiclibrariesonline.org/magazines/book_talk/antiques-and-murder-conversation-jane-cleland

Best, Jane