Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: The Glow of Death (Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #11) by Jane K. Cleland

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1451 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250102979
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Nov. 29 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FD8RWI6

Book Description

As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point’s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She’s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine.

Josie’s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbeque when he gets a call that Ava has been murdered. Unable to reach Edwin, Ellis asks Josie to identify the body.

Josie is stunned to discover that the dead woman lying on the Belcher kitchen floor is not the woman she knew as Ava. Astonishment turns to shock when Josie discovers that everything she thought she knew about the Tiffany lamp and the Belchers has been built on lies.

About the Author

Jane K. Cleland’s multiple award-winning and IMBA best selling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin’s Minotaur] has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Library Journal named Consigned to Death a "core title" for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The full article is at “Josie” stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards, granted in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a past chapter president of the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter and served on the national board as well. Additionally, Jane is the host of the Writer’s Room, a series of interviews with today’s bestselling crime fiction authors that appear on cable television and online.

Jane also writes noir and comedic plays around the theme of women who love men they hate.

Jane has both an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). She’s on the faculty of Lehman College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She also mentors MFA students in Western Connecticut State University's MFA in Creative & Professional Writing program and is a frequent guest author at other university programs.

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My Review

The Glow of Death is the eleventh Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by author Jane K. Cleland. The Glow of Death is the first book that I have read in this series. I wish I had time to go back and read all the earlier books as Cleland is a good writer and storyteller. The Glow of Death can be read as a stand alone novel. I had no problem figuring out the characters in the story.

The Glow of Death is set in coastal New Hampshire. It is a lovely area that I have visited and Cleland presented the area very well. I enjoyed the main character Josie as well as the supporting characters. The Glow of Death revolves around a beautiful Tiffany lamp. There are lots of twists and turns and two dead bodies. I enjoyed reading The Glow of Death and found the ending to be very satisfying.

Highly recommend this cozy mystery, The Glow of Death.

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