Sunday, September 26, 2010

Book Review: Consigned to Death

Title Consigned to Death (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries)
Author Jane K. Cleland
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, josie prescott, antiques 

First book in the Josie Prescott mystery series. Josie is an antiques dealer who runs a warehouse and auctions in New Hampshire. She left New York a few years ago after getting caught up in her boss's illegal activities and wearing a wire to get him arrested. She wants a fresh start and her business is growing. Things start going bacdly when the local chief of police questions her about the death of an older man she was talking to about selling his antiques on consignment. It was murder, and Josie is a suspect.

I really liked this book. the characters and plotting were good, but the best thing is that both plots and characters were so rational. Josie, her lawyer, and the police chief all listen to each other and cooperate with each other. That's just refreshing. I get so tired of books where the characters do stupid things to advance the plot. Cleland proves that it isn't necessary.

I've put the rest of the series on hold at my local library.

Publication St. Martin's Paperbacks (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publication date 2007
ISBN 0312949529 / 9780312949525

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