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Posted November 7, 2014
Posted November 1, 2014
The series continues with an unexpectedly manipulable Vera. Jordan is suddenly back in her pink bedroom at her uncles and all is very much NOT right.
Who the heck is this Muriel Delgado ho seems to have such power over Vera? And what on earth is she after?
Jordan can can be very happy that people raked their leaves and that pick up hadn't come yet.
Good fun and exciting.
I eagerly wait the next.
Posted September 29, 2014
Calling all book lovers! The collaborative effort which is Victoria Abbott has released the latest book in the Book Collector mystery series, The Wolfe Widow. Readers who are in love with books will truly find this series captivating. Each book in the series has focused in some part on a particular author and this time it is Rex Stout and his infamous character, Nero Wolfe. Readers are treated to a mystery that doesn't necessarily involve a murder. A rare thing for the cozy genre. Victoria Abbott once again thrills readers with humor, plenty of sleuthing and some very eccentric characters. A great addition to the series! What I liked: Did I ever mention I love a good mystery? LOL! The Book Collector Mystery series, strikes a cord with me on a lot of levels. First and foremost, I have been a cozy reader all the way back to high school when I started reading Agatha Christie, who in my opinion was the forerunner to the cozy genre we have today. Victoria Abbott's nod to some of the great mystery writers of the past with this series, is phenomenal. Some readers may not have read these authors, but they certainly have heard of them and getting to find out more about their work in the form of a good mystery is so much fun. Abbott knows how to incorporate interesting facts about authors and books into her mysteries and I think real book lovers truly appreciate that. Jordan finds herself in quite a pickle with this book, not only does a mysterious woman appear who seems to have some kind of ominous control over her employer, Vera Van Alst, but she ends up back where she started. Jordan is the one member of her family that has chosen the straight and narrow way instead of a life of crime and getting fired from her job as the procurer of Vera Van Alst's rare book collection has certainly set her back. Abbott uses a lot of humor in her writing and it often centers around Jordan's rather dubious uncles who still have their hands in a few pots too many. I loved the development of Jordan's story in this one. She has to fight for position and her uncles actually come to her rescue in a few situations. The more I learn about this family the more I like them. Not only is Jordan a great sleuth, but she is also a great person. Her growth in this one was a joy to read. Now I am all for a good murder or two to give a cozy mystery the oomph it needs to get going, but sometimes it just isn't necessary. There was a murder attempt and some murder in the background so to speak but Victoria Abbott proves you don't have to have murder as the main conflict to make a cozy mystery work. The real story in this book was what kind of control did Muriel Delgado have over Vera? How does anybody have control over Vera? I love that old lady, she has spunk, determination and she doesn't give a darn what anybody thinks about her. She is an amazing character and I loved the fact that Abbott makes her curmudgeony and grumpy and very likable underneath it all. Abbott pulled it off... a cozy that doesn't rely on a murder. Well done! Bottom Line: This series just keeps getting better and better. Abbott obviously loves good mystery writing and she uses it to her advantage. Book lovers and mystery lovers alike will love the nods to the greats, the humor that pervades this series and the great characters that are hard to forget. I want some of Signora's prosciutto sammies!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2014
The Wolfe Widow is the third book in the A Book Collector Mystery series.
When Muriel Delgrado knocks on the Van Alst door and demands to see Vera, Jordan figures this will be over quickly. But Vera surprises Jordan and allows Muriel to see her. Even more surprising is that Jordan, shortly thereafter find herself fired and banned from the mansion and it's property. Jordan loves her job and has a feeling that something just isn't right and fears for Vera's safety. Jordan wants her job back and begins to try and find out who Muriel is and what hold she has over Vera. Soon Jordan finds herself the victim of a hit and run driver, which was surely no accident. Jordan finds out that there is some connection between Delgrado and the Van Alst shoe factory. She just needs to find out what that connection before the driver does a better job of running her down.
Not many of the regular characters are back to help Jordan, but Uncle Kevin is ready to help. One new character is Cherie, an acquaintance of Uncle Kevin proves to be a big help. She's the cable service installer and electronics wizard and it's probably best not to ask if everything she does is legal. But Signora is around and cooking up a storm. She also provides some tasty sounding recipes.
Looking forward to the next book is this fun series.
Posted September 2, 2014
If you’re looking for a well written book with an exciting plot, you have just found it. THE WOLFE WIDOW is most certainly the book for you.
The first sentence of the book, “The doorbell rang”, and the characters reactions to said ringing doorbell, assured me this would be hard to put this book down. Well, it was! Cleverly written mystery, suspense, humor, and wonderfully written characters, kept me turning pages longer into the night than I had planned. It was completely worth it.
If you liked the first two books in the Book Collector Mystery series, THE CHRISTIE CURSE, and THE SAYERS SWINDLE, you will delight in THE WOLFE WIDOW. If you haven’t read this series, get them all now and read them one after the other. Your only regret will be the amount of time you have to wait for book number four to be released.
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Posted September 17, 2014
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Posted November 27, 2014
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