I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Killer Keepsake by Ellery Adams
Published by Beyond the Page Pages: 305
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Andi Arndt
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Also by this author: Murder in the Mystery Suite, A Killer Plot, Murder in the Paperback Parlor, A Deadly Cliché (A Books by the Bay Mystery #2), Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1), Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #2), A Killer Collection, The Path of the Crooked, The Last Word (A Books by the Bay Mystery #3), Pecan Pies and Homicides, A Fatal Appraisal, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #4), A Deadly Dealer, Murder in the Secret Garden, Breach of Crust, A Treacherous Trader, Carbs and Cadavers, Fit to Die, Chili Con Corpses (A Supper Club Mystery, #3), The Way of the Wicked
A brand-new book in the Antiques & Collectibles Mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs.
“A wonderfully written, captivating cozy novel with likeable main characters and an interesting plot!” —Goodreads review, on A Treacherous Trader
In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.
When star reporter Molly Appleby exchanged vows with her new husband, she also made a promise to give up sleuthing. But given her knack for stumbling onto murders, and murderers, she’s realizing she never should have made a promise she couldn’t keep.
Molly’s just finished an article on the Forget Me Not Doll Club for Collector’s Weekly, but before the magazine even hits the newsstands, one of the club members is found murdered, and a stolen antique doll—purportedly haunted—is found in the victim’s house. When police discover that few of the peculiar club members will mourn the deceased, and that most of them had more motives than alibis, they once again enlist Molly’s help to solve this very odd case.
But piecing together a deadly puzzle is never easy, and when another member of the club is attacked, Molly begins to wonder if the eccentric group of doll lovers might have deeper and darker connections than she ever imagined. And as she begins to piece together the unusual background of the eerie doll and uncovers a history of troubled lives, she realizes there are more victims than the obvious ones in this case—and that some people will do anything to protect their darkest secrets.
About the Authors:
New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including that of caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children's books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.
Parker Riggs is also the author of the mystery novels A Treacherous Trader and A Devious Lot (with Ellery Adams), and Finding Jessica. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband.
In A Killer Keepsake Molly is dealing with doll collecting group (creepy) and it seems that one of them is a bit uppity and likes to cause a bit of trouble so it wasn’t surprising that she ends up dead.
Molly is married now and promised her husband she wouldn’t do any more sleuthing because of the close call from the previous book, but the detective ask her to consult since she knows the group. She figures a little fact finding with the detective right there with her wouldn’t be to bad, but of course it doesn’t end there and she is back to finding things out even when the detective isn’t around.
So far I have really enjoyed most of the series Ellery Adams has written and so of course I really liked this one. I like Molly who is a writer for a collectors magazine. We always get to travel around to different places and there is always a historical story woven in that has to do with one of the collectable items. In this one it was a doll named Emily or Emma, I can’t remember.
I thought the mystery was very well done because I couldn’t figure out exactly what happened, so that was good. 🙂
Anyone who loves cozies will enjoy this series. I have only one more to go and I will be caught up, can I do it before the end of the year!?
This series has a really good narrator!Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Length: 12 hours and 43 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books Pages: 371
Narrator: Ralph Cosham
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Also by this author: Still Life, A Fatal Grace, A Rule Against Murder, The Cruelest Month, The Brutal Telling, A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, The Nature of the Beast, A Great Reckoning, Still Life, Kingdom of the Blind, A Better Man
It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?
Although he is supposed to be on leave, Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite long-smoldering tensions between the English and the French. Meanwhile, he is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. "It doesn't make sense," Olivier’s partner writes every day. "He didn't do it, you know." As past and present collide in this astonishing novel, Gamache must relive the terrible event of his own past before he can bury his dead.
In Bury Your Dead something happens and Gamache is put on leave and he has gone to Quebec City but it seems he can not escape death. There are some historians who are trying to figure out where the actual remains of the Champlain the founder of Quebec is buried but one ends up dead at the Literary and Historical Society. Even though he is on leave he can’t help but get involved in this murder because things are heating up between the English and the French.
Meanwhile, something that happened in the previous book has him sending one of his best detectives back to Three Pines to go over all the evidence and make sure they got things right.
Also there are bits from what happened to Gamache to put him on leave and you get to figure out what happened with that as well. So it kind of has three things going on but all gets wrapped up in the end.
I really like this series and I love CI Gamache and his team as well as most of those at Three Pines where he is normally.
I recommend this to anyone who likes a good crime series and I recommend you start at the beginning as there are a lot of interwoven storylines.
I really like the narrator for this series!