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Near the start of Cleland's well-crafted sixth Josie Prescott Antiques mystery (after 2010's Silent Auction), Josie is preparing for a workshop on vintage shoes and handbags at her antiques shop in Rocky Point, N.H. When her guest speaker, Riley Jordan, fails to show, Josie decides to begin the class without her. A minute later, Josie discovers why Riley is late after looking under a display table, where she's horrified to see Riley's strangled body. Josie teams with Ellis Hunter, Rocky Point's police chief, and Wes Smith, an investigative reporter for the local newspaper, the Seacoast Star, to find the killer, who soon targets one of Josie's employees. Authentic details of vintage clothing and jewelry, vivid descriptions of coastal New Hampshire in the early spring, credible characters, and a dramatic conclusion make this cozy a winner. Author tour. (Apr.)
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Authentic details of vintage clothing and jewelry, vivid descriptions of coastal New Hampshire in the early spring, credible characters, and a dramatic conclusion make this cozy a winner.

A pleasing mystery.

Cleland's latest Josie Prescott mystery is a fast-paced story that is fun to read and puzzle over.... The characters are interesting and their actions are realistically motivated.

Cleland keeps the pace brisk.... Josie is an appealing character, a good businesswoman and an insightful sleuth.

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Product Details

  • Series: Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312586566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312586560
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane K. Cleland is the author of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries, which have been referred to as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Her first novel, CONSIGNED TO DEATH, was named a "core title" by Library Journal magazine, and was a finalist for the Agatha, David, and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel. SILENT AUCTION, the fifth in the series, has just been released. [all by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group]. Jane used to own a rare book and antiques store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and now lives in New York City with her husband. www.janecleland.net

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Josie Prescott is the owner of Prescott's Antiques & Auctions. While teaching a workshop on vintage clothing, she discovers the strangled body of her friend and guest lecturer, Riley Jordan, hidden beneath a display table. Employees and workshop attendees fall under suspicion. Also a suspect is the philandering, celebrity chef husband, Bobby Jordan. Hank, the adopted, stray cat, finds an invaluable clue, a pearl rosette button; it is the key to solving the crime. An employee, Gretchen Brock, caught a glimpse of the killer's silver car; soon afterwards, numerous attempts are made on her life. Josie must find the killer before he/she succeeds in giving Gretchen a case of permanent amnesia.

"Deadly Threads" is an entertaining cozy in Jane K. Cleland's highly successful Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries series. Once again, Josie must become an amateur sleuth in solving a murder connected to her antique store. She reminds me of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Old-fashioned clues in the form of vintage clothing - not modern, forensic evidence - are used to identify the murderer. Josie is very dependent on the local police force and media for supplying her with valuable information, and vice versa. She can't solve the murder without the aid of Chief Ellis Hunter and Wes Smith, the investigative reporter for the "Seacoast Star."

The killer's identity came as a great surprise; I never suspected this person. However, he/she spent at least ten minutes providing an unprovoked confession that probably won't be permissible in court. Fortunately, there is a large quantity of other evidence to convict him/her. I found the confession unrealistic as I did other elements of the story. Prescott's Antiques & Auctions is too perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Homer on February 1, 2012
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Series titles in "A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery are: (1)CONSIGNED TO DEATH. (2)DEADLY APPAREL. (3)ANTIQUES TO DIE FOR. (4)KILLER KEEPSAKES. (5)SILENT AUCTION. (6)DEADLY THREADS AND (7)DOLLED UP FOR MURDER (to be released in March, 2012).

The publisher's blurb sets the scene: "Josie Prescott has begun hosting classes at her antiques shop in the cozy little coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire. The next class is on building a great vintage clothing collection. When guest lecturer Riley Jordan is late, Josie begins class. She reaches under a display table for a dazzling pair of Chanel heels. and instead finds Riley's body. When it appears one of her employees may be involved in murder, Josie teams up with the local police chief to investigate, one clue and one fabulous vintage accessory at a time."

One of Cleland's many strengths is providing character background. Here is the employee mentioned in the blurb:
"Gretchen had started as a receptionist when I'd opened Prescott's. She'd moved up to chief cashier and administrative manager, and in the last month, she'd taken on a major new responsibility--managing one of our two newest ventures, the small boutique we'd added called Prescott's Vintage Fashions."
{large print edition, pages 14-15}. As the story continues, we learn more about the character's personality and physical appearance, but always there is the background.

Cleland knows her stuff and educates and entertains her readers. In this story she examines furniture, clothing and reminds us of the checklist used to appraise everything: "rarity, scarcity, condition, past price trends, current popularity and association." {page 91}.

Cleland cares about her human and animal characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Anthony on July 12, 2011
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The Josie Prescott series just keeps getting better! Now, death gets accessorized and Josie must figure it out. Coming back to this series is like visiting dear, old, good friends. What could be better than spending time in New Hampshire at Prescott's Antiques? If you like Louise Penny and Julia Spencer Fleming, you'll love Jane Cleland.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 16, 2011
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In Rocky Point, New Hampshire, antiques store owner and expert hosts a series of classes. Her next class focuses on vintage-clothing collection with guest lecturer Riley Jordan to make the presentation. However, when affluent and amiable Riley fails to arrive on time, Josie begins the talk. She reaches under the display table to show the attendees an exquisite pair of Chanel heels. Instead she finds Riley's corpse.

Police chief Ellis Hunter investigates the homicide of a woman who apparently was well liked. He has two prime suspects. One works for Josie while the other is the philandering spouse of the victim. Although Hunter recognizes the possibility of a third unknown person as the killer, the only clues at the crime scene are a pearl and platinum button. Additionally Josie's assistant Gretchen saw a silver car leave suddenly. The will leaves Bobby with nothing and assigns Josie to dispose of Riley's fabulous vintage clothing collection, other valuables, and money.

The latest Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (see Antiques To Die For and Silent Auction) contains a fabulous whodunit as Elias the cop and Josie the consultant investigate the murder of a vintage clothing collection. The lecture series as well as the evidence allows Josie to not only work the case, but to provide antiques information to readers; neatly interwoven inside an entertaining mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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