A Vintage Death

A Vintage Death

by Mary Ellen Hughes


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ISBN-13: 9780738752273
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Series: A Keepsake Cove Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 41,179
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. Visit her at www.MaryEllenHughes.com.

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A Vintage Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
VWilliams 3 days ago
Callie Reed is trying to get involved in her small Maryland's Eastern Shore community where she recently inherited the House of Melody, a music box shop, and the little cottage behind the shop. The Keepsake Cove Merchant's Association has accepted her offer to plan and coordinate a special book signing, along with festive fall decorations to help draw in happy shoppers. It is a quaint town center full of collectible shops, including Stitches Thru Time, a vintage sewing shop owned by Dorothy Ashby. Brian of Keepsake Cove Cafe is being groomed as a possible love interest. The visiting author, Lyssa Hammond, is an absolute delight and my favorite character of the book, being so well developed you wanted to meet her personally, as well as Tabitha, Callie's shop assistant, her right-hand person, and character in constant disguise. Shortly after Lyssa arrives, however, the owner of the B&B where she is staying is found murdered in an adjacent downtown park. The victim is the estranged husband to Dorothy and appears to have died from being stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors--hers. Although this is the second in the series, the narrative has no problem as a standalone. These characters are strong and unique. The well-plotted storyline engages the reader with red herrings and plot twists. I particularly loved the build-up to the book signing and the author's unusual entrance. Unfortunately, there is a discovery the following morning of a second murder, much in the same vicinity and in the same manner. There is a supernatural or paranormal element to the narrative in a particular music box. Ms. Hughes will have you suspecting a few support characters as well as townsfolk, but the conclusion settles all, even with a couple surprises. I was given this ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Recommended for all who enjoy a cozy mystery, women sleuths, and small-town drama.
LisaKsBooksReviews 4 days ago
I’ve just had another wonderful visit to Keepsake Cove and I’m already looking forward to my next trip! A VINTAGE DEATH was a book impossible to put down. I know I often say that about books I read (What can I say? I’m addicted to reading!), but it’s never been truer. Author Mary Ellen Hughes has upped her game in this second installment of her Keepsake Cove Mysteries. I wouldn’t have thought she could have topped book one, A FATAL COLLECTION, but I really should have known better. I love a story where I can spend some time with the characters before the mystery begins. It’s a great chance to get to know more about the people involved. In A VINTAGE DEATH, there are a few chapters before the discovery of the body, and I was able to learn a bit about Keepsake Cove, and its merchants. Now, on to the mystery . . . There are not one, but two murders in this story, with each victim being killed by a unique choice of weapon, vintage sewing scissors. It was very intriguing searching for the who and why of it all. Like knotted thread, unraveling the true truth wasn’t an easy task. But author Hughes expertly ties everything together in a reveal that had me riveted to my seat. Cozy mystery at its finest, I give A VINTAGE DEATH 5 out of 5 stars. Heck, I give it 10 out of 5 stars!
CozyOnUp 7 days ago
A Vintage Treasure! Callie Reed, owner of House of Melody and member of the Keepsake Cover business association, is heading up a committee for a visiting author. When the author arrives in town, Callie visits the B&B to drop off a welcome gift and meets the B&B owner as well as the visiting author Lyssa Hammond. While Callie and Lyssa hit it off, the B&B owner manages to creep her out. Before long he is found murdered in the park and fingers are pointing at his estranged wife Dorothy, a local shop owner and friend of Callie’s. Lyssa teams up with Callie to clear Dorothy’s name but when Dorthy’s long time nemesis is found dead in a copy cat murder, is she really innocent? Who can Callie really trust? The story moves at a good pace and keeps you guess as to who the murderer is…and just when you have it, you have to think again. Great character development and the inclusion of current events that make this a fun step back into nostalgia while staying on top of what’s going on today. Being a Maryland girl, the location makes it even more endearing to me. Can’t wait for Callie and the gang to come back around in the next installment in the series.
chefdt 8 days ago
A Vintage Death is the second book in the A Keepsake Cove Mystery series. I really enjoyed my return visit to the Keepsake Cove area of Mapleton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Keepsake Cove is an area where the businesses all sell collectible items. Callie has recently inherited her store, House of Melody from her aunt. Callie is quite busy what with learning the business, she is also handling the autumn decorations for The Cove and is getting ready to head out to the Foxwood Inn to deliver a Welcome basket to Lyssa Hammond, an author of scary, supernatural books, who in Keepsake Cove for a signing at the Fall Festival. Callie delivers the basket and has an enjoyable visit with Lyssa and Callie is happy to have supper with her. At supper, Lyssa says she is enjoying her visit, but Ashby is kind of creepy. A couple of days later Lyssa comes rushing into House of Melody and tells Callie that Clifford Ashby’s body has been found near where the festival will be held. She adds that the police had said he was stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors. When it is determined that the scissors did it fact come from Stitches in Time and the fact that Dorothy will probably inherit the Inn, she becomes the prime suspect. Even though things look bad for Dorothy. Callie doesn’t believe that she is capable of killing. Especially since she makes every effort to avoid seeing Clifford. Callie soon learns that Clifford has started trying to coerce businesses into paying him for his promoting their shops at his inn. Callie is quite surprised when Lyssa comes to her and suggests that they begin to look into who the killer might be. They soon learn that Vernon Parks wants to buy the inn and has had run-ins in the past with Dorothy. They wonder if he would go far as to kill Clifford and put the blame on Dorothy to get the inn for a bargain basement price. When a second murder happens, they know they need to go all out if they want to keep Dorothy out of jail. A Vintage Murder is a well-plotted and told story with an interesting and believable cast of characters. I will be definitely watching for the next book in this delightful series.
WisReader 9 days ago
The second book of this new mystery series is very strong and well written. I continue to enjoy the characters and small community. It is not easy to figure out a mystery when you are sort of new in town and some of the suspects are people you have not yet met. History, deceit and betrayal all are behind the scenes as Callie attempts to solve one murder while trying to become more involved in community activities. A second murder is so not what this town needs! I think my favorite addition is a visiting author who really is not what people are expecting. Her personality added much to the story as do the clues and notes of encouragement from a music loving spirit.
KrisAnderson_TAR 10 days ago
A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes returns readers to Keepsake Cove, Maryland. Callie Reed runs House of Melody, a collectible music box shop that she inherited from her aunt. Callie has volunteered to plan the autumn decorations for the town as well as the book signing event for Lyssa Hammond. She has the able assistance from her friend, Dorothy Ashby who owns Stitches Thru Time. After Lyssa arrives in town, Callie takes a welcome basket to her at the Foxwood Inn which is owned by Clifford Ashby. Clifford is a chatty fellow, but he makes people uncomfortable. On Monday, while the townspeople are decorating their shops with autumn décor, Callie is surprised to hear that Clifford was found dead in the park with a pair of vintage scissors sticking out of his chest. Dorothy, Clifford’s estranged wife, becomes the prime suspect since the scissors came from her shop. Callie knows her friend did not commit the crime and, with the aid of an eager Lyssa, starts searching for clues. Several local townspeople had reason to harm Clifford who had developed a scheme to earn extra money. Which suspect committed the wicked deed? Before Callie and Lyssa can zero in on the killer another body is found in the park and, once again, the weapon is a pair of scissors. Can Callie solve this whodunit and save Dorothy from a life in prison? A Vintage Death is the second tale in A Keepsake Cove Mystery series, but it can be read alone. The author provides Callie’s backstory to bring readers up to date. We get to know more about Keepsake Cove, its adorable shops and its amiable characters. Each shop features a different type of collectible item which I find very unique. Callie has become friends with several of the locals and has begun dating Brian Greer who owns the Keepsake Cove Café. Lyssa was a nice addition to the book, and I hope we see her again in future installments. We get to know more about Callie in this story (good character development). Tabitha, Callie’s shop assistant, is a off-beat character with her unconventional style of dress. She dresses up as a different character each day and her clothing is described in detail. I liked the author’s conversational writing style (what I call easy breezy) which makes the book easy to read and enjoy. The mystery was intriguing with an unusual murder weapon and several suspects. I was not surprised by the killer’s identity, but I appreciated how the mystery played out. The crime is actively investigated by our amateur sleuths. It has a dramatic ending and a twist that will surprise you. Grandpa Reed’s music box is the paranormal element in the story. It will play out at times to aid Callie in her investigation. I am a fan of paranormal, but the music box is not working in this story. We do not know what the music box means when it plays out a tune (too vague). I hope it becomes clearer in future books in this series. A Vintage death a pleasing cozy mystery that with its quaint town, charming shops and friendly characters.