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A Vase of Mistaken Identity
     

A Vase of Mistaken Identity

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by Cathy Elliott
 

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Thea James, proprietress of James & Company Antique Emporium, never thought murder would come to her small town of Larkindale. But when the Larkindale Lamplight reports the discovery of a body during a renovation project, Thea is caught up in the mystery. The drama becomes intensely personal when Thea discovers a puzzling list inside a vintage vase . . . and

Overview

Thea James, proprietress of James & Company Antique Emporium, never thought murder would come to her small town of Larkindale. But when the Larkindale Lamplight reports the discovery of a body during a renovation project, Thea is caught up in the mystery. The drama becomes intensely personal when Thea discovers a puzzling list inside a vintage vase . . . and her name is on it! Follow this small-town antiques dealer as she becomes a relentless detective on the trail of a killer in this page-turner. A Guaranteed Fiction Title!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825425370
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer in northern California whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from quilting and antique collecting to playing her fiddle with friends. She also leads music at church and cherishes time with her grandchildren. Cathy's other plot-twisting works include Medals in the Attic and A Stitch in Crime.

For more information about Cathy, visit her website and blog at: www.cathyelliottbooks.com

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A Vase of Mistaken Identity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Running_Writer More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?