Murder in Larkindale?
Thea James, proprietress of James & Company Antique Emporium, never thought murder would come to her small, surviving Gold Rush town of Larkindale. But when the Larkindale Lamplight reports the discovery of a body during the renovation of Larkin Lake Resort, Thea is caught up in the mystery.
Her world is further frenzied when she acquires a vintage vase from the town's only homeless person. Thea finds a puzzling list tucked inside with four names written in a faded scrawl: two childhood friends from a summer camp, her sister Rosie, and . . . herself!
When the first woman on the list ends up in a coma and another mysteriously disappears, Thea knows she must save herself and her sister from harm. Her attempt to eliminate the vicious threat on their lives propels Thea to places she never wanted to visit.
Will she discover the connection before tragedy strikes?
"If you like a little cozy with your mystery, you will LOVE Cathy Elliott's novel, A Vase of Mistaken Identity. Her sense of humor is . . . killer, in only good ways, of course. This book is absolutely charming. I loved it!"
Author of After Anne and the Coming Home to Brewster series
"I picked up A Vase of Mistaken Identity this morning and couldn't put it down until I was finished this evening. Cathy Elliott's mystery is fun, fulfilling, light-hearted, and great reading. With a cast full of quirky characters, Elliott spins a tale that leaves you anticipating the next Thea James novel. I loved this book!!!"
Award-Winning Author of The Bone Chamber
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About the Author
For more information about Cathy, visit her website and blog at: www.cathyelliottbooks.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cathy Elliott is a fresh, original voice in literature. Humor is difficult to write, and you'll find yourself laughing out loud at narrator Thea James' self-deprecating wit. The author never descends into the bathroom humor so prevalent today. She as wholesome as I Love Lucy and more hysterical. A Vase of Mistaken Identity is populated with unique and quirky characters, lots of red herrings that'll keep you guessing whodunit until the last page. I am an author, and I found myself jealous of her style, wishing I had thought of her ideas or had populated my novels with such an entertaining entourage. She is an author I will come back to.
My favorite aspect of this book was the lead character, Thea James. An ordinary girl who sometimes leaves clean laundry on the couch and worries that other people think she eats too much. I could relate to a person like that. So much better than a perfect protagonist. The author also incorporates a natural, easy humor that just makes you smile. Very down to earth writing.
The heroine, Thea, in A Vase of Mistaken Identity is probably the quirkiest character I've ever come across in a novel, to go with her equally antiquated name. She did some really bizarre things in the story, and her family were all pretty strange, too. Especially her grandmother. What a hoot! Some of the things grandma said in front of Thea made the heroine want to slide under the proverbial table more than once. LOL! Anyway, at first the story sucked me in. I even snorted a few times, like when Thea was at the car wash. I felt bad for the poor dear, especially when the person she least wanted to see her looking a mess was at her relatives' home for dinner. The author did a bang-up job with that scene. I was there! However, I'm not much of a cozy mystery reader, so I don't know how things should pan out exactly in regards to the plot. Some of the metaphors seemed over-the-top, and others were perfect! A few bunny trails took me off the path and made me set the book down a few times. When I picked it up a few days later and the action rekindled, I found myself riveted until things slowed down again. I think this is the first truly cozy mystery I've enjoyed. My favorite lines were...Or perhaps Thea had better build up the walls around her heart that had begun to crumble in the last few days. She could sense her inner child gathering rocks. Is that a creative line or what? Anyway, this story was fun and a few times had me desperately wanting to find out what the deal was regarding the vase. Then it dragged a bit, then picked up again, etc., etc... Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Initially I thought the book should have ended earlier, but then the last few pages made me change my mind. I smell another book percolating in the series, and the ending whetted my appetite for another zany mystery courtesy of Thea James, amateur sleuth extraordinnaire. :) The diner scene at the end was a bit too corny for my tastes, but overall I enjoyed this story enough to recommend it. So if you want to read about some very zany people and snicker at their antics, you will want to read this book.
I picked up A VASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY this morning, and couldn¿t put it down until I was finished this evening. Cathy Elliott¿s debut mystery is fun, fulfilling, light-hearted, and great reading. With a full cast of quirky characters, Elliott spins a tale that leaves you anticipating the next Thea James novel. There is another Thea James novel in the works, is there not?