A Treacherous Trader

A Treacherous Trader

by Ellery Adams, Parker Riggs

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A brand-new book in the Antiques & Collectibles series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs.

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

Molly Appleby is on cloud nine. The talented reporter and senior staff writer for Collector's Weekly just got engaged to the man she loves. When she takes time off to plan her wedding and shop for a vintage gown, the spunky writer with a growing reputation for finding corpses and solving murders vows to her family and fiancé to avoid trouble at all costs. Until the wedding photographer she visits turns up dead in his home, the victim of foul play.

So when she's not busy shopping for the perfect dress or sampling endless varieties of cake, Molly once again finds herself attempting to unravel a mystery, and the endless string of women spurned by the playboy photographer leaves no shortage of suspects. When another corpse turns up and Molly discovers that the woman who sold her a gorgeous vintage gown might be the murderer--and that the gown itself may be linked to a decades-old crime--Molly must summon all her sleuthing skills to find the killer before her preparations for the big day become plans for her funeral.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150122079
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2015
Series: Antiques & Collectibles Mystery Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 92,493
File size: 580 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including that of caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

Parker Riggs is also the author of the mystery novel Finding Jessica. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and a lively mini Dachshund named Pippa.

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A Treacherous Trader 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! A Treacherous Trader is the fourth book in the Antiques & Collectibles Mystery series. This is the first book in the series that was co-written by Parker Riggs and I very much enjoyed it. This story starts off in Germany in 1937. Leo and Frieda Kurzer along with their two daughters, Sophie and Anna live in Hamburg, Germany. Leo is a Jewish jeweler and is forced to sell his jewelry store to his longtime employee, Rolf (Hitler decreed that Jews could not own businesses in Germany). Rolf gives Leo an expensive tiara to help the family escape to Holland. You can be sure that this tiara will play an important part of the present day story. Molly Appleby, a writer for an antique and collectible magazine, is engaged to Mark Harrison. The wedding is only six months away and Mark wants them to be married in Burlington Vermont where he is hoping to do his residency. Molly has asked Kitty to go to Burlington with her to help make arrangements for her wedding. When Molly goes down for breakfast the next morning, she joins a woman, Violet Emerson who is in a wheelchair, as there are no tables available. Violet and her daughter, Lindsey, are also there planning Lindsey's wedding and begin to share various stores they have visited. Talk soon turns to a discussion of photographers and Lindsey is upset to have learned that her father, who abandoned his family when she was young, is none other than Alec Portman of Portman Photography right here in Burlington. As Molly visits various stores to plan her wedding, she learns that Portman is a womanizer and possible jewel thief. One of the women that she learns he had an affair with is Bristol Price who owns a bridal dress shop next to Portman's studio. Upon visiting the bridal shop, Molly soon learns that Bristol is a very miserable person, and that she still has feelings for Portman. Leaving without a dress, she runs into a woman on the sidewalk with a vintage gown. She wants to see if Bristol will buy it from her. Molly looks at the gown and buys it on the spot. It is exactly what she is looking for. When Alec Portman is found dead, Lindsey is a suspect along with Bristol Price. It turns out that he is the one responsible for Violet ending up in a wheelchair. As Molly investigates to help Lindsy and Violet, the police actually use her skills and she becomes an integral part of the investigation. She also wants to find out more about the beautiful gown and is doing research on it, possibly for a magazine article. What she finds out is amazing and adds a lot to the story. The character of Molly is well developed and I really liked her. I have read one other book in this series and had not trouble following the story. The research she does is very realistic and the whole adventure will make a wonderful article for the magazine. Based on the end of this story, I think it is going to move from North Carolina to Vermont for future books. A great story that I recommend to cozy mystery lovers as well as those who are interested in preserving history.
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csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
Wow, if preparing for a wedding wasn’t hard enough. Molly Appleby and her best friend Kitty go to Vermont for one week to put together Molly’s upcoming nuptials. They meet some interesting people and somehow get involved in solving more murders. Kitty misses her husband terribly and when he hurts himself, she leaves Molly and sends in a replacement….Molly’s Mom, Clara to assist. Molly finds the “perfect” vintage dress in an unusual way with a great deal of history attached to it. Once again Molly meets a not so shy, good looking Detective Lombardi who flirts and needs Molly to help solve the murders. Molly and Matt were looking to move to this town on Vermont, but should they now with all the “crime”? Will Molly solve the murders before going home? Will she do everything that is on her check list for the wedding? Will Mom find a mate? Outstanding read and series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea why i enjoy this series so much since i usually lean CSI Forensic type stories but I really enjoy the books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy antique mysteries then Molly and family & friends is the series to read. I love vintage clothing. This story runs the gamut of emotions and reveals a surprising ending.
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weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series! This is the fourth book in the A Collectible Mystery series by Ellery Adams. Molly is a senior staff writer for the Collector’s Weekly and she just got engaged to the man she loves. She takes time off to plan her wedding and find that perfect vintage wedding dress. When she visits the wedding photographer she finds him dead. She must once again put her sleuthing skills to find the killer before they kill again.  I enjoy all of the characters in this book and love that the author brings them back in the books. I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series.  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.