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A Killer Collection: A Collectible Mystery [NOOK Book]

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A writer for Collector’s Weekly, Molly Appleby covers antique shows, auctions, and gallery openings all over the South. When her mother gets her an invitation to a kiln opening for a rising-star in the North Carolina pottery circuit, Molly is thrilled. This is the kiln opening of the year and everyone who’s anyone in the world of antiques and collecting will be there, including a notoriously ruthless collector by the name of George-Bradley Staunton. And when he drops dead in the middle of the event, there are too...
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A Killer Collection: A Collectible Mystery

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Overview

A writer for Collector’s Weekly, Molly Appleby covers antique shows, auctions, and gallery openings all over the South. When her mother gets her an invitation to a kiln opening for a rising-star in the North Carolina pottery circuit, Molly is thrilled. This is the kiln opening of the year and everyone who’s anyone in the world of antiques and collecting will be there, including a notoriously ruthless collector by the name of George-Bradley Staunton. And when he drops dead in the middle of the event, there are too many suspects for the police to handle. It’s up to Molly and her eccentric family members and coworkers to find the cracks in the killer’s handiwork.

The Collectibles Mysteries Are:
A Killer Collection
A Fatal Appraisal
A Deadly Dealer
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Editorial Reviews

Karen Treanor
If you like a nice, gentle, not-too-gory-or-scary story with (mostly) pleasant
characters, and at the same time learn something about a little-known area of
the plastic arts, this one's for you.
Dawn Dowdle
Antiques/Collectibles are becoming a type of mystery that I really enjoy. I look forward to reading many more books in this series in the future! What a great first mystery. I highly recommend this wonderful cozy mystery.
Rachel Hyde
Every chapter in this beautifully-paced novel is headed by a quote about the potter's world... After reading only a few pages into this novel, I felt my fingers itching for some clay, and relived the therapeutic and elemental feeling of working with this ancient and organic substance. Add to this heady mix a good story, some likeable (and hissable) characters and you have a winner that stays pleasantly in the mind afterwards, the sign of a good book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012367839
  • Publisher: jennifer stanley
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Series: The Molly Appleby Collectible Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 88,334
  • File size: 639 KB

Meet the Author

J.B. Stanley has a BA in English from Franklin & Marshall College, an MA in English Literature from West Chester University, and an MLIS from North Carolina Central University. She taught sixth grade language arts in Cary, North Carolina for the majority of her eight-year teaching career. Raised an antique-lover by her grandparents and parents, Stanley also worked part-time in an auction gallery. An eBay junkie and food-lover, Stanley now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, two young children, and four cats.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Charming mystery!

    I just finished this book and loved the mystery, the characters, and the details about NC potteries. Confession, I've lived in NC and have written my own book about NC potters, so it's a subject I enjoy and of which I have some knowledge. The author sucked me right into the heroine's world and I could practically see those characters!

    The formatting of the book has apparently been repaired, although I would never downgrade a book for technical details.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Interesting and Entertaining

    Not often do you read a book on a subject that one is not well versed in (pottery), and find the book both entertaining and educational. By weaving interesting facts and characters centered around North Carolina folk pottery into a murder mystery theme, J B Stanley creates an enjoyable and educational novel that is a pleasure to recommend. I find it hard to believe this is her first work, for the dialogue between the characters is easy and fluid, and the characters themselves feel quite genuine, something often missing in similar novels. I look forward with great anticipation to the next book in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong cozy

    Collector¿s Weekly magazine journalist Molly Appleby is writing an article about southern kiln s pottery sales hosted by the potter who created them. Molly and her mother wake up early one morning to attend the kiln opening of C.C., but to their surprise there are a lot of people up early to get a good position on line so they have first crack at getting what they want. Molly meets collector George-Bradley Staunton, a fanatical collector who cuts in line, grabs objects out of other collector¿s hands and is all around pushy. During the sale George goes to a secluded area and Molly follows him. She sees him rubbing his stomach with blood on his shirt. She thinks he was murdered but the coroner says he died of an overdose of insulin. The police think he accidentally injected himself twice. Molly believes otherwise ands sets out to prove it. This is the first collectible mystery and if future cozies are like this one, J.B. Stanley will have a captivating series that will win her many fans. Molly is a likeable tenacious character especially when she believes she is right and is very comfortable with her size fourteen body. She sets out to prove the victim was murdered. With no blood or gore, Ms. Stanley writes a fabulous who done it that will have readers guessing who the killer is. Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    OK, except for bad editing

    I read almost exclusively on my e-reader these days, as I travel and it is much easier to "pack" a lot of books for my trips. One thing I have noticed is that it seems there is little to no effort given to proofreading e-books. Personally, I find it very annoying. How can a publisher allow such sloppy products on the market?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Entertaining Murder Mystery

    I was skeptical about picking up a book that dealt with pottery, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The pottery theme is just the background for an intelligently written murder mystery. The author was able to keep this reader guessing 'who done it' until the end. I definitely look forward to reading her next book and will be recommending this one to family and friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    So-So

    The information on the pottery was interesting, but the characters weren't very well developed an the story jumped around oddly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2006

    The Perfect Mystery for Collectors

    This is the perfect mystery for those in the antiques and collectibles world as Stanley has managed to capture the feelings and emotions of both buyers and sellers. The characters are extremely genuine and flawed. This makes them more likeable than the high-heeled, trim goddesses I read about in other books. The pottery descriptions are captivating and I found parts of this book highly educational. I learned a great deal about pottery without feeling as though I were being taught. I could not put this book down and can't wait for the second installment in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Boring

    The worst purchase I've ever brought.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    GOOD STORY BUT..........

    I would never pay money to try and read this book. The layout of the entire book was very poor. The Hope Street Mysteries were good.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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