"A smart, even sly, tale of relics and rituals, truth and lies, prophecy and forgery that will keep you turning pages late into the night." - Leslie Budewitz, two-time Agatha Award-Winning Author of the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries
"It's a pleasure to see Shelley Costa, master of the taut, evocative short story, expand her range with this complex, multi-layered thriller." - Linda Landrigan, Editor
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
A fascinating, if sobering look into the world of stolen antiquities, a black market that makes billions of dollars every year, and that many have indeed killed for." - For the Love of Books
"In this edgy first in a new cozy series from Costa, Val Cameron, a senior editor at a New York publishing company, travels to the tiny town of Wendaban, Ontario...A strong plot and engaging characters make for a well-crafted mystery, and Val's humorous attempts to cope with the wilderness do much to lighten the tension. The core of the story is Val's discovery of her own self-worth." - Publishers Weekly (on Practical Sins for Cold Climates)
"If you want to read a beautifully written story with a twisting and turning plot, this book is for you. Five stars out of five." - Examiner.com (on Practical Sins for Cold Climates)
Senior Editor Val Cameron is back at her desk in New York. When her curator best friend returns from an abbey in England, she invites Val to see a priceless relic that has mysteriously found its way into her carry-on. But by the time Val arrives at the museum, her friend has been murdered-and the relic is gone.
Val soon learns that a young monk at the abbey has also been murdered. Is there a single killer at work? What dark purpose is attached to the relic that's led to two murders? When Val discovers her apartment has been broken into, her native New York feels like a place she no longer knows. Now she has to unmask a killer who will stops at nothing to fulfill an ambitious plan-and Val Cameron is just the latest person to stand in the way.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books.
Books in the Val Cameron Mystery Series:
• PRACTICAL SINS FOR COLD CLIMATES (#1)
• A KILLER'S GUIDE TO GOOD WORKS (#2)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
An Edgar nominee for Best Short Story, Shelley Costa is the author of You Cannoli Die Once (Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel) and Basil Instinct. Practical Sins For Cold Climates is the first book in her exciting new mystery series. Shelley's mystery stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Blood on Their Hands, The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and Crimewave (UK). She teaches creative writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Visit her at www.shelleycosta.com.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Title: A Killer's Guide to Good Works - Val Cameron Mystery Book 2 Author: Shelley Costa Published: 9-20-2016 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 272 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; British Detectives; Women Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781635110616 ASIN: B01HFH7C7E Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars I received a copy of "A Killer's Guide to Good Works" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description of "A Killer's Guide to Good Works" From the Publishers: Senior Editor Val Cameron is back at her desk in New York. When her curator best friend returns from an abbey in England, she invites Val to see a priceless relic that has mysteriously found its way into her carry-on. But by the time Val arrives at the museum, her friend has been murdered—and the relic is gone. Val soon learns that a young monk at the abbey has also been murdered. Is there a single killer at work? What dark purpose is attached to the relic that’s led to two murders? When Val discovers her apartment has been broken into, her native New York feels like a place she no longer knows. Now she has to unmask a killer who will stops at nothing to fulfill an ambitious plan—and Val Cameron is just the latest person to stand in the way. Books in the Val Cameron Mystery Series: PRACTICAL SINS FOR COLD CLIMATES (#1) A KILLER’S GUIDE TO GOOD WORKS (#2) My Review of "A Killer's Guide to Good Works": The three threads of the story keep you always on your toes and as the story progresses your begin to realize they are all connected. Val is a strong, likable character that has a lot of balls to juggle in her life. She manages to keep them in the air, but barely. The plot is well laid out and moves at a quick pace that allows the reader to keep from becoming distracted extraneous blather. A great book where you are transported from the every day to the exciting world of Val Cameron. Trying to keep up with her will make you appreciate the quieter more settled life you are blessed with; but what fun to visit for a few hours. My rating of "A Killer's Guide to Good Works" is 4.5 out of 5 stars. I did not read book 1 in this series, but had no problem reading "A Killer's Guide to Good Works" as a stand alone novel. This is a great mystery to enjoy on its own.
After the murder of her best friend, Val is throw into a mystery.....or three. First, who killed Adrian and why? Second, why would someone forge a satire of a Christian document and where is the original? Third, who killed a young boy at the monastery and what did he know? With the help of her Aunt Greta and Adrian's brother Antony, they work to solve these mysteries. Val is smart, funny, and down to earth. Very likable as a lead character. All players in the tale are well developed and come to life on the pages. Shelley Costa is and excellent writer. The story is well thought out and executed. There were a few typos in my version, but since it was an advanced copy that is expected. But that is the only reason this gets 4 stars instead of 5. I didn't read the first in this series, but I intend to. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
I was given this book as a gift and I wanted to provide a review. This book is full of suspense and mystery with several surprises. The characters were well developed and very interesting. Once I started reading it was almost impossible to stop - I had to find out what would happen next! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. There was a previous book that I would love to read. It's called "Practical Sins for Cold Climates" They are stand alone books but there were references to the first book in this one. I highly recommend this book.
Val (Valjean) Cameron is a senior editor in the publishing industry but not a stranger to mystery or murder. When Val's best friend and art history curator returns from visiting her brother, a monk at a Carmelite monastery in Norfolk, England, Adrian leaves her a message to come right away to see a major find that stowed away in her carry on. But by the time Val arrives, her friend has been murdered in her museum office and the artifact is nowhere to be found. Questioned by Lieutenant Shay Cleary of NYPD, Val learns that she may be in the crosshairs of the murderer as the culprit has Adrian's phone and the messages she sent to both Val and her brother the monk. Val and Adrian's brother, Antony Bale, had never met before the murder, but when they do it is to join forces to find the murderer and the artifact. When it is learned that a young monk has been murdered the apparently the artifact is missing from the monastery, connections are made. In reading this book, I was immediately reminded of the works of Dan Brown. It was filled with intrigue, stories that crossed and combined, and a most precocious and observant young lady that is able to shed light on the morning of the murder. I definitely recommend this book
This is a great book; this is the second book in the A Val Cameron Mystery series written by Shelley Costa. Val Cameron is a senior editor in New York. When her curator best friend returns from an abbey in England, she invites Val to see a priceless relic that has mysteriously found its way into her carryon. But by the time Val arrives at the museum, her friend has been murdered and the relic is gone. Val also learns that a young monk at the abbey has also been murdered. When Val’s apartment get broken into she decides that she is going to track down the killer. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.