A Vintage Death

A Vintage Death

by Mary Ellen Hughes

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ISBN-13: 9780738755496
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Series: A Keepsake Cove Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 90,649
File size: 2 MB

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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
4GranJan 4 months ago
Small Town Cozy Mystery This wonderful cozy mystery takes place in a small coastal town. The town is old, filled with specialty shops and attracts lots of tourists. That in itself makes a great backdrop for a series. The plot is very well done with many suspects and few obvious motives. The final reveal is very surprising and makes total sense. I never would have guessed! This author is new to me. After reading this book, I want to read the entire series and all of her work. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest review.
Chatting-About-Cozies 4 months ago
Keepsake Cove is a wonderful town to live in and to visit. There are charming shops to explore, and great places to eat. The protagonist inherited her aunt’s music box shop in which her grampa was the original collector. I enjoy the author’s descriptions of the music boxes and the tunes they play. Featuring some wonderful secondary characters like her shop assistant who likes to dress as ‘famous characters’, and a great new author friend, Lyssa, who has a bubbly personality, plus the male romantic interest who owns a restaurant across the street—the story is fast to pull you in and hold your interest for hours. The murder mystery is captivating and readers may be surprised at the villain. I enjoyed book two slightly more than I did book one and definitely recommend both books to cozy mystery fans.
MeezCarrie 4 months ago
A Vintage Death is the first book I’ve read in the Keepsake Cove series but it was fairly easy to catch up with who is who and the mood of the community. For its own part, Keepsake Cove is a charming collection of shops with adorable names and intriguing characters with their own set of eccentricities. Would love to vacation there and browse all the delightful shops! The mystery is well-plotted with a couple of intriguing twists that were right up my alley. Callie is a relatable character in her own right, and the addition of quirky Lyssa Hammond (visiting author) to the amateur detective mix nicely complemented Callie’s more laidback style. Additionally, the music box angle – specifically the boxes that ‘randomly’ play on their own in key moments, almost as warnings, add a whole other layer of intrigue and curiosity. Bottom Line: A Vintage Death is a charming cozy mystery with great characters and a whodunit with interesting twists. Keepsake Cove is delightful to read about, and Callie & Lyssa make a nice team. After the last sentence, I’m even more eager to read the next book and see what happens next! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
StoreyBookReviews 5 months ago
This is the second book in the series about a touristy town that has a lot of specialty shops and our protagonist, Callie, runs a music box shop. It is interesting to read about various types of music boxes and the music that is within the box or other housing. And her aunt seems to haunt a heirloom music box that they keep in the shop. I think it is her aunt's way of looking out for her and warning her when something bad might happen. The mystery kept me guessing about who the killer was and let me tell you I didn't get it right at all! I was very surprised at how things turned out and perhaps those that died got what they deserved because they were not nice people at all. The author does a great job of weaving in past events into the present that makes different characters seem guilty even if they are not. There is an author that is visiting the town to do a book signing, Lyssa, that has her own secrets too but nothing as bad as others! It looks like Lyssa might become a regular character since she has bought a home close to Keepsake Cove. She is quite quirky and I think she will add some dimension to the books and helps round out a trio of friends which includes Tabitha. Tabitha is another fun characters because she likes to dress as various characters/people and keeps people guessing. I always wonder who she will portray next. On the romance side, Hank is still trying to keep his hooks in Callie despite the fact that she has told him goodbye. At least he doesn't live in town! Her friendship with Brian is developing and I wouldn't be surprised if this turned into a romance down the road. Even if it doesn't, they have a great friendship which needs to be treasured.
Tangen 5 months ago
extortion, cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, friendship A truly nice shopkeeper is suspected of the murder of her nasty estranged husband who, among other things, owns the nearby Bed and Breakfast. He was a nasty piece of work who cheated his employees and was pretty much running a protection racket on the shop owners. Callie recently inherited the music box shop from her aunt, is new to small business ownership, seems to be making many new friends, and is highly motivated to use her talents to investigate the murder with an eye to clearing the prime suspect. It is a big help that one of her new friends is a mystery author who was staying at the B&B. The characters are all interesting and engaging, the locale is lovely, and the plot works very well. I really enjoyed it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Midnight Ink via NetGalley. Thank you!
Bookaholic-mka 5 months ago
This book seems to have everything I would enjoy. An October Festival full of hanging skeletons and ghosts and a book signing and reading by an author who writes paranormal stories. A quaint collector’s village with every type of collectible shop you can imagine…vintage music boxes, a vintage sewing shop, vintage cookware, a store called “Shake it Up” filled with vintage salt and pepper shakers, a bookstore; even a vintage Bed & Breakfast. The shop names were all so clever it made me want to take a trip there myself. Except I might not want to come upon dead bodies as people seem to be doing in Keepsake Cove. Callie, the owner of House of Melody music boxes (see what I mean? Makes you want to go look doesn’t it?), needs to help her friend Dorothy who owns Stitches Thru Time. The dead body was stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors, no less. The reason I mentioned I wanted to visit Keepsake Cove has to do with the way Mary Ellen Hughes laid out the scene description. I even wanted to live in Callie’s cottage. Hughes did just as well with the leading or main characters. This is just a fun read you want to curl up and sit down for the day with. It didn’t take me much longer than that to read because I didn’t want to put it down. It’s sweet and entertaining. This is Book 2 in a series titled “A Keepsake Cove Mystery”. There is no question this book couldn’t stand alone as a good read. However, Mary Ellen Hughes has two or three series and there isn’t a one of them without good reviews. Better check them out everything out. ***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are definitely my own.
Dollycas 5 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I am so happy to return to Keepsake Cove and just in time for a big event too. Callie is starting to feel at home and is getting involved. She has volunteered to head up the committee decorating the town for Fall and helping with a big book signing for author Lyssa Hammond. Lyssa and Callie become fast friends after Callie delivers a welcome basket to the B&B where the author is staying. She also meets the owner of the B&B, Clifford Ashby. He is a strange individual who makes both Callie and Lyssa uncomfortable so Lyssa is happy to spend time away from the place with Callie. They can both understand why he and his wife, Dorothy, are living apart. But when the creepy man is found dead the focus turns directly to his wife. She owns the vintage sewing shop and the murder weapon was a pair of vintage sheers. Callie knows Dorothy couldn’t kill anyone and decides to prove it. Lyssa is by her side as they start to uncover secrets that may have sealed Clifford’s fate. When another person is killed, the choice of weapon connects the cases and also proves even more clearly Dorothy is not the murderer. Now they just need to find the real killer and get them to sing a melody that lands them in the slammer. Keepsake Cove is my kind of place, a collector shopper’s dream come true. Ms. Hughes brings the place to life with her words. All the unique shops, the town square, the music boxes that fill the shelves of Callie’s shop and more. The set up for the author signing was fun and Halloween themed right down to the author’s arrival. I loved it! The characters were already well developed in the first book, A Fatal Collection, but they continue to grow and evolve through this story. I really like Tabitha, Callie’s assistant at the shop. Each day is a surprise because the way she dresses always has a theme. She and Callie work so well together, but the woman is more than capable at running the place while Callie is off solving crimes. I also enjoy that her new relationship with cafe owner Brian Greer is moving at a slow comfortable pace. There is also a special character that is quiet most of the time, a little supernatural element, a beloved music box that only plays to help Callie stay on track. Secrets are the keys to this mystery and the author draws readers in with an expert hand. She opens the door to a much longer suspect list than I had imagined and she twists things up in a way that I was just following along without doing my normal thing of trying to solve the mystery before the protagonist. The ending was suspenseful and surprised me. I really enjoyed the way this story was written and played out. I would have finished the book all in one sitting but my eyes just would not cooperate. Another wonderful read from this author for this series. I truly can’t wait for the next installment, my fingers and toes are crossed hoping for another visit to Keepsake Cove.
CozyUpWithKathy 5 months ago
an entertaining mystery with an engaging cast of characters and a hint of the otherworldly A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen Hughes The Second Keepsake Cove Mystery Callie Reed is delighted to meet Lyssa Hammond, the popular author of supernatural stories giving a book signing as part of Keepsake Cove's fall festivities.The two become fast friends, and become even closer when the overbearing B&B owner is murdered. Lyssa persuades Callie to work together to prove that the victim's estranged wife, Callie's friend Dorothy, is innocent. As evidence mounts against Dorothy and several people start badmouthing her, that task gets progressively more difficult. But, more than one person has motive to see the innkeeper dead, and several people are harbouring secrets...including Lyssa. With hints from her grandpa's music box Callie will risk her own safety to see that justice prevails. This second Keepsake Cove mystery begs the question, how well do you really know people? Could someone you like really be a murderer? Can someone truly start over? Does everyone have a secret? I was pleased to return to this small Maryland town. I love shopping for collectibles so a town devoted to them is just my cup of tea. The variety of stores is as appealing as the various characters who reside there. Tabitha's costumes bring a unique bit of playfulness to the House Of Melody while the Jekyll and Hyde aspects of both proprietors of The Collectable Cook raise suspicion and a wish to not need their goods. My favorite new character has to be Lyssa Hammond. The author brilliantly plays up the unique aspects of writers into this fun character. I especially love how the music box chimes in to let Callie know she's on the right track. I could have used it myself as I was certain I knew the murderer, only to find I was wrong, although my theory had nuggets of truth. A VINTAGE DEATH is an entertaining mystery with an engaging cast of characters and a hint of the otherworldly. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
VWilliams 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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.
bookaholique 18 days ago
3.5 I've pretty much decided that cozy mysteries are my go to books when I want to read something entertaining. The Keepsake Cove mystery series is a perfect example of why I like this genre. Callie owns a music box store. All of the other shops in Keepsake Cove offer different types of collectibles. When the co-owner of the local B&B is found murdered, Callie goes into investigative mode to discover who committed the crime. I really like all of the characters in Keepsake Cove. Callie is smart and inquisitive, which makes her the perfect detective. Her helpful cohorts often colorful and quirky. And I'm rooting for Brian to eventually turn into a full fledge boyfriend. This is the second book in the series and I am so glad I got in on this one from the beginning. I like spending time with the folks in Keepsake Cove and look forward to more adventures. My thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley.