Lethal Treasure by Jane Cleland

I have been reading Jane Cleland’s Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series since the first book, Consigned to Death, was published in 2006. I love how Cleland’s expertise in the field of antiques is revealed in all her books. Lethal Treasures focuses on the world of collectible vintage movie posters and classic jewelry. The business aspect of her books is always informative and interesting and her mysteries have never let me down. Where else can you learn about running an heirloom musical instrument auction while your protagonist searches for justice?
Prescott Antiques and Auction continues to grow. Keeping the tag sales and warehouse stocked with fresh inventory is an ongoing challenge. Josie has embraced bidding on abandoned storage lockers as a source of merchandise. In addition to fresh stock, there is always the added bonus that she just might find a real prize. This occurs when her latest unit contains a treasure trove of vintage jewelry and Depression era glassware.
Josie has struck up a new friendship with co-bidder Henri Dubois, a charming recent immigrant from France and his vivacious southern wife Leigh Anne. The newlyweds seem to have it all, a warm and loving relationship and a very successful high end interior design business. Their world is shattered when Josie discovers Henri’s body in her storage locker. Thus begins Josie’s investigation into Henri’s death.
Lethal Treasures can be read as a stand alone mystery even if you haven’t read the other books in the series. I have enjoyed the cast of characters and seeing Josie and her business grow. These changes have been integral to the series. Cleland has written a classic who-done-it and this book also falls into the same category as Gone Girl as a “why-done-it”. Cleland continues her track record as a first rate traditional mystery author whose books are filled with unexpected twists and engaging characters.
Jane Cleland is at the top of my list of favorite mystery authors.  If you like Blaize Clement, Barbara Allen or Emyl Jenkins mysteries you will be glad you found Jane Cleland.

Meet the Mystery Writers! Authors Jane Cleland, Donna Andrews, and Frankie Y. Bailey, are on tour visiting North Regional Library, Cameron Village Regional Library and West Regional Library. Mystery maven and local blogger Molly Weston will facilitate the panel discussion and audience Q&A.  Registration requested.

Cameron Village Regional Library Friday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m.
West Regional Library  Saturday, November 16 at10:30 a.m.
North Regional Library Monday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m.

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