Dealing in Murder

Dealing in Murder

by Elaine Flinn
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Dealing in Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This amateur sleuth novel has a definite edge and not only because of Elaine Flinn's cut-to-the-case style. Her protagonist, former Manhattan antique dealer Molly Doyle, is as edgy as they come. Relocated to Carmel, CA, after a close brush with the law (thanks to her unfaithful ex-hubby), Molly is trying to start her life anew, only to have a murder victim fall into her arms. Literally. The mystery that ensues turns Molly into a reluctant sleuth. The twists and turns of the plot, as well as the insights into the absorbing world of antiques, makes for one heck of a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dealing in Murder is an excellent debut novel by new author, Elaine Flinn. From the get-go 'the blood-soaked sweatshirt' draws you into the world of Molly Doyle as she tries to scrape a life together in beautiful Carmel, California. For the present, she lives the life of a small antiques dealer while her past shadows a world of grangeur and decandence. The plot keeps the pages turning and your mind races to the end before you have time to stop and realize you've been drawn into a mystery novel. Before you realize that the reality you've plunged yourself into is the workings of another's mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Doyle is running an antique store in Carmel, California. It isn't a high-end antiques store like she and her husband ran in NY. Unfortunately, he ran a scam back there and she just escaped prosecution. Luckily she was found innocent. But in the tight-knit world of antiques, she knows she must lay low for awhile. Her friend Max offered her a store to run and a free apartment upstairs. She arrived with the clothes on her back. She's learning to live on a shoe string. She's planning to stay long enough to earn enough money to start over with a shop in New Orleans. Molly bought a desk at a yard sale. When she goes back the next day to see if they have the key to the desk, the owner dies in her arms. The new Chief of Police, Kenneth Randall, is quite gruff and considers her a suspect. She is concerned because she knows that eventually he will find out about her past. Later Molly pries open the desk and finds some artwork hidden inside. She decides to hide it and not show it to Randall. She still isn't sure if he knows about her past. Then her apartment is broken into, but nothing appears to have been taken. Another murder occurs and this time it is a nearby business owner and friend of Molly's. She wonders if the two murders are related. Bitsy Morgan appears in her shop eager to help Molly by covering the store while Molly goes out buying. Bitsy says she is an old friend of Molly's parents and Max vouches for her. Even so, Bitsy is hard for Molly to take. She seems to be a great salesperson, but she gets on Molly's nerves. She is always trying to take over. Molly find herself getting deeper and deeper involved in the investigation related to the murders. She uncovers an art scam and ends up putting herself in danger more than once trying to uncover the players. Molly is a fantastic character and her interactions with Randall, Bitsy and Pablo, Max's boyfriend, are terrific. I like the setting of Carmel as well. This is a new series that you won't want to miss. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and can't wait for the next one!
harstan More than 1 year ago
She is a high-end antiquities dealer working with the rich and famous until her husband tells her he¿s dumping her for Greta, the store¿s art restorer. He gives her two days to get out of the apartment, which is in his family¿s name. The worst is yet to come when Molly and her husband are arrested for art fraud. They all make bail and the husband and her lover skip the country. He leaves behind an exonerated, but financially broke Molly, unable to regain her place in the antiques world due to the scandal. A friend from Carmel offers her a job in his low-end antique store for a salary, free apartment plus commission. When she buys a desk at a garage sale, she forgets to ask the seller for the key to the drawers. She returns only to find the woman bleeding to death. The chief of police Kenneth Randall thinks Molly is a solid suspect especially when he pulls her rap sheet but Molly soon discovers that there is an art scam going on in town and convinces him to use her as bait. He needs Molly to work undercover with her specialized knowledge but he realizes he¿s putting her in danger with a killer who has taken the lives of at least three victims.

Elaine Flinn is a fresh, innovative and charming new voice in the mystery genre that fans of cozies and amateur sleuth tales will value as a high-end author. The protagonist goes from a lethargic dependent to an enthusiastic person as she sheds past memories and lets Carmel and a certain police chief work their magic on her and the audience.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
DEALING IN MURDER is a charming debut, a suspenseful antiques mystery with just the right amount of edge. Molly Doyle and her creator Elaine Flinn are definitely women to watch! --David Montgomery, Mystery Ink
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very distracted by all the characters who smoked. If you're still a smoker, this woman writes for you. I kept thinking I didn't want to buy any merchandise from these people because all their items must stink to high heaven of cigarette smoke. And there was a restaurant that let the characters smoke in the back room as if the smoke wouldn't get circulated to the general public in the restaurant.