I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Antique House Murders by Leslie Nagel
on May 30th 2017
Also by this author: The Book Club Murders
In this irresistible cozy mystery from the author of The Book Club Murders, amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter fights to avenge a crime that hits far too close to home.
Mulbridge House stood, silent and decaying, deep in the woods at the heart of Oakwood, Ohio, long before the passing of Augusta Mulbridge. Yet suddenly everyone in town seems to have a stake in its fate: the greedy heirs, eager to tear it down for a tidy profit; the local preservationists, determined to maintain it as an historic site; the angry neighbors, staunchly opposed to the construction of a modern subdivision. Even Charley Carpenter is forced to admit that her beloved shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, could use an infusion of the estate’s treasures.
The clock is ticking. The wrecking ball is ready to swing. All that stands between Mulbridge House and oblivion is one final vote. That, and murder . . .
The trouble begins when Charley walks into auctioneer Calvin Prescott’s office to find her cherished family friend crumpled on the floor. Detective Marcus Trenault quickly connects his death to a string of increasingly violent burglaries plaguing Oakwood. But when Charley uncovers a link to a massive land swindle worth millions, not to mention a drug ring operating out of the manor’s abandoned outbuildings, that theory crumbles faster than Mulbridge House. Now Charley’s racing to catch a killer before everything falls apart.
The house reeked of death.
Here is what I thought
This is book two of the Oakwood mysteries and I liked it just as much as I liked the first one.
Charley and her store Old Hats is doing pretty good and her and her boyfriend Marc seem to be in a good place then everything falls apart. Her old friend Calvin who is in charge of selling things from a large estate is murdered and she wants to find out who did it. Her detective boyfriend Marc makes her promise not to get involved but the more she learns the harder it is to keep that promise putting some distance between her and Marc,
Charley is really good at finding clues and figuring things out but it also gets her in trouble and puts her in danger. I really like Charley though she is pretty spunky. I also like Marc cause he really seems to care about her and after she got into a dangerous situation in the first book you can see why he wouldn’t want her doing that again. He is just going to have to get use to her detecting.
It has a great mystery and I only guessed who it was only a bit before Charley did. I love all the side characters as well.
I know a lot of people were upset with some things in the first book cause it didn’t stick to the cozy rules, but I would like to let everyone know that this one sticks more to the cozy rules and I can’t wait to read the next one!!
Recommend if you like
Cozy mysteries, great characters and books with old house themes.