Next Up for Auction: Murder
When auctioneer Wren Morgan begins cataloging the contents of the Campbell mansion, she's unprepared to find something that can't be appraiseda dead man. After the body turns out to be a criminal with ties to a recent jewel heist, Wren comes face-to-face with Death Bogart. A private eye and part-time bounty hunter, Death is searching for the stolen jewels needed to convict a murderer.
Death finds a friend and willing ally in Wren, but they aren't the only ones searching for treasure. Two ruthless men are also on the hunt, and they will do anything to eliminate the competition. To survive, Death and Wren must solve two mysteries spanning a century and a half and outwit a pair of cold-blooded killers.
"Ross' thoroughly entertaining debut combines smart details about the auction business with two engaging mysteries and a uniformly appealing cast. Fans of small-town cozies, especially those by Denise Swanson, will love this, as will mystery readers who double as thrift-store aficionados and followers of auction reality shows."Booklist (starred review)
"[A] winning debut."Publishers Weekly
"Fresh and enjoyable...a well-told story with appealing characters."Mystery Scene
"The witty sarcastic banter between the lead characters was charming and endearing."RT Book Reviews
"Ross' debut features a likable pair of sleuths, some local Missouri history and a nice little mystery."Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Loretta Ross (Warsaw, MO) earned her BA in art history and archaeology from the University of MissouriColumbia. Death and the Redheaded Womanwas her debut novel.
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Title: Death and the Redheaded Woman - Auction Block Mystery 1 Author: Loretta Ross Published: 2-8-15 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 266 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths; Heist; Private Investigators ISBN: B00S1MTLCW ASIN: B00S1MTLCW Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Wren Morgan is at the Campbell mansion cataloging and appraising items that are to be auctioned off by the historical society to help turn the house into a museum. Expecting to find old treasures from a bygone era, she is stunned when she finds a naked dead man at the foot of the grand staircase. Identified as a known burglar and thief many believe he was there to retrieve a large cache of jewels he supposedly hid there. Death (pronounced to rhyme with wreath) Bogart is a veteran of the Afghan war suffering with PTSD and still recovering from injuries he received in the line of duty. Death is a private investigator and sometime bounty hunter who has been asked to find the legendary stolen jewels rumored to be hidden inside the mansion. When Wren has Death over for dinner someone shoots out her windows. She counters with an unusual weapon, an antique atlatl of all things. Death and Wren must solve not only how the man died and was he in the mansion, but also what became of the billion dollars worth of jewels. They are not the only ones looking either. The other two men are not afraid to shed someone's blood to get to them first. Can Death and Wren survive to claim a finder's fee or will they be the next victims of the mystery surrounding the missing jewels? An intriguing new cozy mystery series, that although a bit more intense than some, no less will keep you on the edge of your seat. I especially like the way Loretta Ross handled Death's PTSD and physical recovery with compassion and care. I came to like both Death and Wren. They and the other characters are well thought out and portrayed in a believable manner. The story moves quickly, so the reader does not lose interest. There are clues, but I warn you a head of time to keep an open mind because Ms. Ross has a surprise reveal. There is a resolution of the mystery, but the story does end with an open end as Ms. Ross gives the reader a lead into the next story. Death and the Brewmaster's Widow. If this is only the first book in the series, I can't wait to see how is going to doing any better.
This book starts off as a goofy, entertaining story with plenty of great characters, then suddenly turns horribly violent at the end. If that's your cup of tea you'll probably like it. I won't be buying the next book in this series.
Five Stars for Death and the Redheaded Woman! I just finished reading the best book! Let me tell you a little about it. Death and The Redheaded Woman, a cozy mystery, is the first book in the Auction Block Mysteries by Loretta Ross. I was hooked by this book from the moment I began reading, and had to finish it the same day. It's that good. I don't know when the next book in the Auction Block Mystery series will be out, but I am certainly looking forward to reading it. The book takes place in East Bledsoe Ferry, Missouri. With her accurate descriptions of small-town life and citizenry, Ms Ross has created a very believable world. She has also created some wonderful characters. The main characters Wren and Death have great chemistry together. They are attracted to each other from the start, and have a flirtatious witty banter with one another. They are so fun to read about, individually and together. I loved Death and The Redheaded Woman, and highly recommend it. There's laughs, chuckles, some snark, mystery, suspense, romance, and only a wee bit of nudity (and he's dead, so it really doesn't count). Death and The Redheaded Woman by Loretta Ross is a must-read, which has earned my highest rating of Five Stars! Note: I received a complimentary copy of Death and The Redheaded Woman from the publisher and Great Escapes Book Tours, in exchange for an honest opinion of the book. My full review can be read online, on my blog Jane Reads, at janereads2 dot blogspot dot com
Death (pronounced dEEth) Bogart is a decorated war hero who doesn’t much feel like one. Instead, he feels more like the disabled vet that he sees himself to be. The Redheaded Woman - Wren Morgan – works as an auctioneer and is an expert appraiser for several lines of collectibles. Wren goes to the old Campbell mansion, a home that has been empty for quite some time that had been left to the Historical Society, as they were going to auction off some of the contents and use the beautiful old home as a museum to display the significant items they were going to keep and house. She was going to begin cataloguing the contents for auction, and hoped to solve a mystery from the past. There was said to be a cache of Campbell family jewels in the home that an owner more than 150 years ago had hidden and Wren hoped to find that treasure. Instead, she found the last thing she expected – the body of a very recently-deceased naked man on the grand staircase. The working theory was that the young man had broken in and fallen to his death when sliding in through the window he had broken and landing on the stairs. He was a person of interest in a billion dollar gem heist that occurred several years prior, and he just might have hidden the cache in the house when the last resident, who had left the mansion to the Historical Society, was still alive. Enter Death Bogart, PI and bounty hunter, who is searching for the gems and hopes to collect the finder’s fee to establish his PI business. He and Wren establish a rapport as they swap stories of their interest in the mansion when both arrive after the home is released from the police investigators; Death had also been given permission to search the property for the stolen gems. More than just the naked dead guy and Death are searching for the gems. He goes to Wren’s home for dinner, and someone with frightening accuracy shoots in her windows. A quick-thinking determined young woman, Wren aimed at the shooter’s escaping vehicle with an antique atlatl, and hit it with a six foot spear. Yes, an atlatl. A very old one. Thus begins their tentative partnership in searching the home as she catalogs the contents. Their friendly banter suggests the beginnings of a relationship beyond the search, even as they are hunted by someone as ruthless as the one who originally stole the gems. The characters are, for sure, characters! Well defined as the story develops, Wren and Death learn about each other as the reader does. They are strong, witty, and intelligent, with the ability to work hard and discount their heartaches to each other and fears. Death and Wren both have a great sense of humor that entertains the reader with witty banter even as they work together to solve the challenges. The plot intertwines history in an interesting manner; this reader appreciated not only the Civil War tie-in but the … ahem … atlatl. There were sufficient twists and u-turns for me to appreciate the building suspense and trying to guess the “whodunits”. While I very much enjoyed the story and characters, there was one exception – there are a number of scenes of intimacy or very clear innuendos of intimacy between the main characters as well as liberties attempted by the bad guys. While the liberties taken by the bad guys were not glamorized, it was not what I would anticipate finding in a cozy mystery. Due to these scenes, younger teens might not be a good audience for this book. With that being the only exception, I highly recommend Death and the Redheaded Woman to mystery lovers who enjoy a challenge in solving the murder and the alleged treasure hunt, also women sleuths with a healthy dose of laughter and potential for romance. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through a contest at Dru’s Musings. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review Mystery, History, and Gems