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When southern folk art pottery dealer Clara Appleby tells her daughter Molly that people will "absolutely kill for this stuff," she doesn't know how right she is. After an egomaniacal collector drops dead at a prestigious kiln opening, Molly -- an intrepid reporter for an antiques and collectibles magazine -- suspects foul play and vows to find out who murdered North Carolina's most obnoxious collector.
George-Bradley Staunton is a "big-time collector and full-time jackass," but when he collapses -- and dies shortly thereafter -- in the middle of a frenzied opening for a popular local potter, Molly Appleby sees dozens of potential killers. More than a few attendees had sufficient motive, from rival dealer and former friend Hillary Keane to his avaricious ex-mistress Susan Black, to his spurned wife Bunny -- or any number of vengeful competitors. But when Molly begins investigating the dark side of the local pottery and collector scene, she uncovers a snake pit of greed, jealousy, and contempt. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the closer she comes to her own demise…
With the ongoing popularity of antiques and collectibles, J. B. Stanley's debut novel -- the first installment in a projected series -- has surefire appeal and a built-in audience. Fast-paced, engaging, and surprisingly informative, A Killer Collection is an exciting beginning to what could be a lengthy and highly entertaining mystery sequence. Paul Goat Allen