A Fatal Appraisal (Collectible Mystery Series #2)

A Fatal Appraisal (Collectible Mystery Series #2)

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by J. B. Stanley
     
 

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Amateur sleuth Molly Appleby is in Richmond, Virginia, to cover a taping of the hit antiques show Hidden Treasures. But after the show's main appraiser inspects an 18th-century desk with hidden compartments, she finds him dead. Molly thinks that the antique desk holds the key to this 21st-century crime. It's up to her to collect the clues before more new blood is

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Amateur sleuth Molly Appleby is in Richmond, Virginia, to cover a taping of the hit antiques show Hidden Treasures. But after the show's main appraiser inspects an 18th-century desk with hidden compartments, she finds him dead. Molly thinks that the antique desk holds the key to this 21st-century crime. It's up to her to collect the clues before more new blood is shed over old rarities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597224932
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
04/18/2007
Series:
Collectible Mystery Series, #2
Edition description:
REV Large Print
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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A Fatal Appraisal (Collectible Mystery Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the writer for the magazine Collector's Weekly Molly Applegate travels to cover all things collectible. In her latest assignment Molly is to cover the hit tv show Hidden Treasures (a fictional Antiques Roadshow). Although she is reluctant to leave her budding office romance with Mark, the magazine's Marketing Director, she is anxious for the chance to see the behind the scenes workings of the popular tv show. After settling into the lovely and cozy bed and breakfast run by the friendly Mrs. Hewell, she goes to the Museum at which the show is being filmed. Many of the cast prove to be nice, open people who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise. But not everyone is so forthcoming and anxious to help. Frank Sterling, the star appraiser, and his wife, who is also the host of the show, are not the friendly type, not with cast members, strangers or even each other. But it is still a surprise when Frank goes missing, only to be found by Molly dead in his car. The police are not sure it is murder until the second body appears. The setting of the book and the series in the world of collectibles is a brilliant one with limitless potential for story lines. The addition of a story from the past woven into the story in the present is a wonderful glimpse into history. Even in this work of fiction, it highlights the importance of preserving pieces of our heritage. The last chapter 'A Brief Note on Hiding Places in Antique Furniture' with pictures of examples of hidden compartments is informative and interesting. This book can stand alone as a mystery but it would be interesting to see if some of the characters were introduced more thoroughly in the previous book, especially Clara, Molly's mother. It will be fun to see the character of Molly grow as the stories continue. It is not difficult to figure out who dun it but finding out why is an entertaining search. Molly Appleby was first introduced in A Killer Collection. This is the second in J.B. Stanley's A Collectible Mystery series. She is also the author Carbs and Cadavers, the first in the Supper Club Series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book even more than A Killer Collection, the first installment in this series. Even though these books are classified as cozies, Stanley's collectible mysteries have more depth than the genre might suggest. I enjoyed the historical flashbacks almost as much as the mystery itself and look forward to the next release in this series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
With so many mysteries out there with themes focusing on crafts, sewing, and antiques, it would be a shame for this gem of a series to be overlooked. A staff writer for Collector¿s Weekly, Molly Appleby is sent to Richmond, Virginia to cover the taping of an Antique Roadshow-esque television show, HiddenTreasures. What Molly discovers is that the antique appraisal show is definitely not a happy family, with its diva host Victoria Sterling, pining lovers who are specialists, and the host¿s ex-husband who is the head furniture appraiser despite Victoria¿s obvious loathing of him. When Frank Sterling dies from an apparent allergy attack, everyone but Molly assumes that it¿s an accident. With the help of her mother, who works for an auction house and from whom Molly learned to appreciate the value of things old, Molly investigates the staff of the show and the very modern secrets that may be held in an 18th century desk. This second in the Collectible Mystery series lives up to its promising debut, A Killer Collection. While the reader may be one step ahead of Molly, she never comes across as irritatingly naïve or foolish. To the contrary, Molly is an extremely likeable character with a fast wit, realistic relationship with her loving but strong-willed mother, and a promising romance in her future. The information concerning antiques is presented in a smooth and unobtrusive way that doesn¿t interfere with the pacing of the story. Although there are many characters and suspects involved in this story, the author succeeds in distinguishing them and making each one a believable and fully developed. This is an enjoyable series that promises to entertain readers in future installments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JB Stanley has found even greater success than in her first book of the series: 'A Killer Collection.' The best part of the book is the characters and their continued development, both the original cast from the first book and the new entrants. The quirks and variety of fun, yet very realistic, personalities has the reader quickly flipping the pages to see how they resolve the latest mystery and the murder amongst them. A true pleasure to read, I can't wait for the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.B. Stanley has proven herself as a successful mystery series writer. This second book, A Fatal Appraisal, is complete with quirky characters, a moving plot, and intriguing historical background. Set in Richmond, Virginia, the delightful protagonist, Molly Appleby impresses readers once again as an intelligent crime solver. Readers will relish in Stanley's descriptions of Richmond's civil war landmarks and her impressive knowledge of antique furniture and collectibles. A Fatal Appraisal is a must read for antique lovers, history buffs, and mystery fans alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JB Stanley has written an engaging mystery featuring American antiques and collectibles that ordinary people either inherit or find in their attics. A Fatal Appraisal is set in Richmond, VA, a colorful city brimming with Colonial and Civil War histories. In addition to the charming descriptions of many Richmond buildings, neighborhoods and landmarks, Stanley educates the reader about the facinating stories about antiques. Molly Appleby, our clever detective solves an intricate mystery that poses a threat to antique appraisers if left unsolved. You won't be disappointed, buy it!