Emeralds and Envy

Emeralds and Envy

by Angela McRae

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Overview

Emma Madison loves junkin' for old baubles to turn into dazzling new creations, and launching her new career as a jewelry designer in the small town of Roseland, Georgia, is a dream come true. After making out like a bandit at a garage sale one morning, Emma goes to the Silver Squirrel antiques shop to share her fabulous finds with a fellow jewelry lover. She's shocked to learn that a salesclerk friend, Tina, has just been found murdered.

When the police can't get any firm leads, Emma decides to use her newspaper reporting experience to assist them. According to the local gossip mill, not everyone in town liked Tina, including her two siblings. Soon, the list of suspects is longer than a strand of opera pearls.

Someone is trying to stop Emma from helping, even going so far as to threaten her new business. While eager to get back to making jewelry, Emma is determined to find the person responsible for Tina's death, even if that means coming face-to-face with the killer.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161479193
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Junkin' Jewelry Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 117,860
File size: 634 KB

About the Author

Angela McRae began her writing career as a newspaper reporter, initially covering the police beat and then moving on to features. In a small local bookstore, Angela came across Laura Childs’s Death by Darjeeling, a tea shop mystery set in Charleston, SC. As a longtime tea lover, she had to try it, and she’s been hooked on cozy mysteries ever since.
Angela currently lives with her husband in Georgia. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, going to afternoon tea with family and friends, and “junkin’” at flea markets and antique malls, where she often finds inspiring artifacts that wind up in her stories. She also writes a monthly cooking column for a local publication, the Coweta Shopper, and enjoys connecting with readers who love to cook.

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Emeralds and Envy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ALittleSouthernFried 3 months ago
Emma’s life as an estate sale shopper, jewelry making, ex- journalist is pretty uneventful until an unexpected murder stirs up her sleepy little town. Throw in a no-nonsense handsome dectective and a lovable artist for romance and you have a cozy little mystery. It’s the perfect summer read with a mixture of vintage jewelry facts that may have you searching for treasures in your own jewelry box. And the tea time recipes are an added bonus.
M-n-Mlove 11 months ago
A nice cozy mystery. Good for a relaxing summer read. Life in a small town where everyone know everyone else's business. How could someone kill such a sweet well liked person? Or was she? I'm not much into jewelry so that part of the story went over my head but I'd love to see some of the other art and furniture mention in it. The bonus part of the book is no f** bombs and 2 must try recipes!!!
Tangen 11 months ago
amateur-sleuth, small-business, small-town, art, murder-investigation Emma left the journalism rat race and began to use her artistic talents by scouting out less expensive cast off jewelry at yard sales and estate sales then crafting them into beautiful bling to sell at a profit. The business is doing well, and the work is rewarding. She has a number of good friends, and one of them is in distress because a friend and coworker has been murdered in her shop. Let the gossip and the sleuthing begin! A comfortable cozy for a lazy day. I won an Early Reviewer copy in a LibraryThing Giveaway! Lucky me!
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
•°o•:*:•. Clean, Cozy Murder Mystery in Small-Town, GA .•:*:• o°• After leaving the newspaper business a couple of years ago, Emma Madison and her Siamese kitty, Miriam Haskell, enjoy a quiet, small-town lifestyle, designing jewelry and hunting for more unique pieces in local shops and yard sales. *** On a particular spring day, she scored a great find and headed for her friend Carleen’s shop to double check the maker. However, her plans are quickly dismissed when the shop is crawling with police. After discovering the body of a friend, Emma vows to utilize her reporter skills and dig up any help she can to find the killer! But, that decision lands her in all kinds of hot water over the next couple of weeks. *** As with any small town, there are many characters, and gossip abounds! Detective Alan Shelton is a thorn in Emma’s side, but I quite liked him. He is diligent and concerned. I enjoyed the introduction of fellow artist Justin Hayes and found him to be a particular sweetheart, but naturally, in a murder mystery you can never be sure, so I kept my guard up regarding him. *** There are lots of artists and art details throughout, including specific jewelry makers I found fun to look up such as a Tank-Style watch by Cartier, first issued in 1917 and Trifari and Hollycraft Christmas tree pins. When googling Bakelite era teapot pins, the only one I found took me to, of all places, Angela’s website and a June 29, 2010 post she shared on her “Tea With Friends” blog. How fun is that? You should see ALL the pins in her collection. Stunning! *** Easter moment / I liked that I was reading the story just before Easter in real life (smile). “The pastor’s hopeful message about the coming of Easter was exactly what I needed to hear.” *** Tea Moment(s) (Emma seems to favor more coffee than tea, but there were some): Ch. 18 features a lovely description of a 3-tiered tea platter with salmon pinwheels, cucumber sandwiches, egg-olive salad, cranberry scones with clotted cream and jam, etc. all served in a friend’s home which I personally appreciated as I find home tea parties to be the best tea parties! There is also a hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Mama’s place featuring sweet tea, fried chicken and heavenly treats, such as fried peach pie which I had never heard of, but a quick google search shows it’s like an empanada and I am certain I would love to visit and try it all! *** Funny Moment(s): “The cowbell on the door made its customary clanging sound as I entered, and I got a nice whiff of Eau De Musty Antique Mall as I stepped inside.” *** Modern story, told in first person, past tense. Includes recipes in the back! I DID NOT figure out who the killer was, which was refreshing. If you enjoy clean murder mysteries set in a small town, I recommend this one as your next treasure! *** I was sent an eVersion of this book by the author in the hopes of a favorable review with no fee and no compensation. My opinion is entirely my own.