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If this is cozy, I'd prefer hard-boiled
on April 16, 2015
This is the first book of hers that I've read. If this is typical of the series, I'm not coming back for more. The obsession with being the first one to get to those house sales - my goodness, those "pickers" (is there a more annoying term?) are a scary bunch, aren't they? The characters are just too bizarre. Nobody reacts like a normal person to anything that happens. The relationship between Jane and Charley - what's that all about? The precocious kid - do people really casually discuss the discovery of a HUMAN FINGER in front of a teenager? That Nellie - is she going to be off her meds (the only possible explanation for her outrageous and not the least bit endearing behavior) for the ENTIRE series? And most irritating of all, the list of must-have items, some of which sound so darn weird that I'm half convinced that the author made them up - that are the objects of such single-mindedness; do people really go nuts over punchboards (whatever the heck they are), Redware pitchers (ditto), hand-crocheted pot trivets, and anything Bakelite? And as far as the plot goes, this woman spends her life digging in people's attics for old junk that she can sell to dealers, and that somehow qualifies her as a consultant to homicide detectives? No thanks. A little too "cozy" for my taste.