Stealing with Style (Sterling Glass Series #1)

Stealing with Style (Sterling Glass Series #1)

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by Emyl Jenkins
     
 

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Sterling Glass has built a nice appraisal business in her small Virginia town. She's sought after to examine antiques, research their history, present her clients with approximate values, and help them distinguish good antiques from not so good ones. And when family skeletons are unearthed among the heirlooms, she is the soul of discretion. It's a world she

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Sterling Glass has built a nice appraisal business in her small Virginia town. She's sought after to examine antiques, research their history, present her clients with approximate values, and help them distinguish good antiques from not so good ones. And when family skeletons are unearthed among the heirlooms, she is the soul of discretion. It's a world she navigates with ease.

But that's before she's called in to examine a diamond brooch found tucked inside an oven mitt over at the Salvation Army thrift store. And before the appraisal of an extremely modest estate turns up a tea urn—hidden inside a basket—worth at least fifty grand.

Things aren't adding up, and Sterling, never one to let go of loose ends, starts asking questions. It's not long before she uncovers an intricate plot involving a slew of antique pieces, the oldest families in Leemont, some sophisticated scammers, crooked antiques dealers, and shifty people at the best New York auction houses. Add to that one elderly man who's just trying to preserve his family's treasured collection of bronze and ivory Art Deco sculptures, and suddenly Sterling finds herself ensnared in a mystery laced with greed, deceit, and danger.

Stealing with Style, the first in the Sterling Glass series, introduces a writer of great wit who has a grand sense of the mystery hidden in our most treasured possessions.

Editorial Reviews

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"Hats off to a heroine of a certain age with plenty of smarts."
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The New York Times
"A highly entertaining tale of thieving, mystery and fraud....Delightful."
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"Hats off to a heroine of a certain age with plenty of smarts."
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Library Journal
Sterling Glasss, a small-town Virginia antiques appraiser, aficionado, and sleuth, discovers a fabulous Paul Storr silver tea urn amid the effects of a recently deceased bank client. Subsequent finds in thrift shops raise red flags. Then, during a New York trip, she meets an old man whose collection of rare, handmade dolls seems under attack by thieves. An insurance claim leads her to the root cause: a clever conspiracy to bilk families of their antiques treasures. This first novel in a debut series offers a fascinating look at the world of antiques-all the way from pickers to New York auction houses. Fans of other antiques mysteries (e.g., Sharon Fiffer's Buried Stuff, Deborah Morgan's Marriage Casket) and collectors especially will enjoy the steady flow of facts. A longtime antiques appraiser and the author of numerous books on antiques (Emyl Jenkins' Appraisal Book), Jenkins lives in Richmond, VA. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Greed, duplicity and violence disrupt the life of a Virginia antiques appraiser. Sterling Glass is astonished when a valuable tea urn is found by her friend and love interest Peter Donaldson, an ex-minister with an eye for antiques who helps at the thrift shop in historic Leemont. Then Peter discovers a diamond brooch in a batch of items donated by the estate of a woman of modest means found dead in unusual circumstances. On a trip to Manhattan to oversee the urn's safe passage to the high-toned Layton auction house, Sterling finds the brooch on an insurance list of property missing from a Virginia estate. A side trip to Brooklyn previously arranged in an enigmatic call from Sol Hobstein reveals a treasure trove of Art Deco figurines that have survived two wars. Sterling is soon embroiled in Sol's problems. She witnesses an attack on his junk-shop friend by two thugs who want the figurines and goes to work for the insurance company on the list of missing items. The suspects include a phony roofer, a sitter for the elderly, the secretary for Layton's Art deco expert, and the Layton specialist who covers the south. Peter and Leemont police chief Ed Pavich assist Sterling in tying all the clues together. Though this debut mystery is a bit facile, Sterling is a beguiling heroine, and antiques aficionados will love the store of insider information. Author tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565125230
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
06/16/2006
Series:
Sterling Glass Series , #1
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.94(d)

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From the Publisher
"Miss Marple wears Prada! In THE BIG STEAL, Emyl Jenkins again unleashes the scintillating skills of Sterling Glass, the sexiest, savviest senior ever to sleuth her way through the intricate labyrinth of the antiques world. And when Sterling opens a musty attic trunk, romance spiced with a little mayhem is about to blossom."—Katherine Neville, author of The Fire

Meet the Author

Emyl Jenkins is a longtime antiques appraiser. She has worked at two auction houses and has written numerous books and articles on antiques, as well as a syndicated column. She is the author of Emyl Jenkins’ Appraisal Book, Emyl Jenkins’ Southern Christmas, The Book of American Traditions, and From Storebought to Homemade, among others. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Stealing with Style (Sterling Glass Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I'm on a long waiting list at the library to read the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find myself looking at the antique world with different eyes. Great characters that I continue to think fondly of. This book has everything you look for in a good mystery!!!!!!!! I am looking forward to the nextt one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago