I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. The information about antique sales was interesting, and the book is fairly well written, but I thought the solution to the mystery was obvious, and I just did not like the protagonist, who has some unresolved "issues" that did not interest me and intrude on the plot. The characters were quite one-dimensional.
"A satisfying cosy debut... Cleland, who herself was once an antiques dealer... puts her insider knowledge to admirable use [and] proves adept at shifting suspicion from one character to another....Readers will want to see more." From Publishers Weekly
I liked all the information about the appraisals and enjoyed most of the secondary characters - particularly Max and the police chief. I felt it took awhile to get the story off the ground and there were a few aspects I would've liked tied up a bit better. This has the potential to be an enjoyable series and I look forward to reading the next ones.
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Cleland and I really liked it! The subject matter, antiques and auctions, is wonderful and it's always fun to learn something new while solving a cozy mystery. I love the heroine/sleuth and am anxious to read the next one!
I really didn't like this book. The main character was a wuss. She was always bursting into tears, she had no backbone and was hard to take seriously. The other characters lacked substance and the plot was rather thin. Not a good book at all!
The best read! An enjoyable cast of character s and a really great writer who takes you along with every page. Ordered all of the from the wonderful paperback swap and read them all in order, I suggest you so the same. Even put the upcoming one on my wish list!