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Killer Keepsakes (Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Jane K. Cleland
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One of the mainstays of Prescott’s Antiques and Appraisals has always been the cheerful and helpful assistant, Gretchen, who turned up unexpectedly just as Josie was setting up shop in New Hampshire. Gretchen has always been so dependable that it seems odd when she doesn’t show up for work one day. Surprise soon turns to alarm when a dead body is found in Gretchen’s house, with Gretchen the prime suspect.

How much does Josie know about Gretchen, anyway? Enough to believe she isn’t capable of murder, so Josie, with a crack team of antiques appraisers at her side, sets out to find the real killer and bring Gretchen home safely, no matter the cost.

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Cleland's absorbing fourth mystery to feature New Hampshire antiques dealer Josie Prescott (after 2008's Antiques to Die For), Josie's dependable assistant, Gretchen, fails to show up for a second day and hasn't even called. When a worried Josie checks Gretchen's apartment, she discovers the bloodied body of a strange man in his early 30s on the sofa. A valuable Meissen vase missing from the apartment and a Native American belt buckle on the dead man appear to be the only clues to guide Josie in her amateur sleuthing, though Wes Smith, a local newspaperman, later unearths the suspicious fact that Gretchen's Social Security number was issued only four years earlier, at the time she started working for Josie. Ty Alverez, a Homeland Security officer who's drop-dead gorgeous, lends emotional support. A Web search for the origins of the vase leads to a frightening escape for Josie and an ingenious solution to the mystery. Author tour. (Apr.)
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From School Library Journal

When Gretchen, Josie's cheerful shop assistant, fails to return from vacation, the antiques dealer (Antiques To Die For) sets out to find her. Then a dead body is found in Gretchen's home, and the police take her disappearance as a sign of guilt. Fans of intelligent traditional mysteries who also also enjoy Antiques Roadshow will appreciate.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA09VM
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Gretchen Brock is missing. She was due back to work at Josie Prescott's antiques business in coastal New Hampshire two days ago, after a two-week vacation in Hawaii. Josie is understandably concerned about her employee; and so she gets permission to check Gretchen's condo. Imagine her shock and surprise when instead of finding her friend, she discovers the body of a strange man, shot dead. And that's just the first in a series of disturbing events that take place in this small town outside of Portsmouth.

Josie is not only an antiques expert. She's also an amateur detective who has been successful at conducting a few previous investigations and solving local murders. She is nothing but tenacious when she feels the need to get involved. And she almost *has* to help here, because Gretchen and her well-being are important to her. But as the search gets underway, Josie and her workers realize that they know very little about their co-worker. She showed up four years ago, seemingly out of nowhere, and so impressed Josie with her knowledge of antiques that the woman hired her on the spot. She never dropped any clues about her background, her childhood, or where she came from. Now it looks as if Gretchen re-invented herself seven years ago by getting a new Social Security number and a new identity. Why? Was she on the run from committing a crime? Or was she being pursued by a criminal herself? And what connection does she have with the man found dead in her condo? And where *is* Gretchen, anyway?

While this plot is plausible and reasonably intriguing, I found this particular installment a bit tedious in the unraveling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antiques and Murder May 14, 2009
Josie Prescott hired Gretchen to be the assistant at Prescott's Antiques and Appraisals some time ago. When Gretchen doesn't show up for work one day, Josie becomes concerned. When a dead man is found in Gretchen's house, Gretchen becomes the prime suspect.

Josie is certain Gretchen isn't a killer. But as she begins to investigate, she realizes she doesn't know much about Gretchen and even less about Gretchen's past. She is more determined than ever to find Gretchen and help prove her innocence. Some of the information she turns up does make her begin to question where Gretchen could really be the killer.

I love the characters and settings of these books. Josie and all the people working with her are such a great group. The plots are so well-written. The characters are three-dimensional and I often forget this is fiction.

I am not a big fan of antiques, but I learn a lot from each book in this series. And I love the New Hampshire setting. While Josie often gets herself into some jams, she is a very smart woman and always finds a way to get out of these tight spots.

I highly recommend this series and book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy mystery! May 10, 2009
Among her peers, antiques dealer Josie Prescott is known for her intellect, keen business sense, and most especially her superior judgment of character. Nothing gets by this savvy business woman which is why her store is one of the best antiques and appraisal firms in New Hampshire. From one-of-a-kind gems to cutesy knick-knacks, Josie delivers what her clients have come to expect, sheer perfection.

As with any business venture, it takes more than one person to make a company successful. Luckily for Josie, she has her faithful assistant Gretchen by her side. Josie's fortune took a turn for the better when Gretchen unexpectedly walked through her doors. From the get-go, she has been a hands-on employee who consistently goes the extra mile. Without a doubt, Gretchen always gets the job done.

So imagine Josie's surprise one morning when Gretchen is a no-show at the office. Things go rapidly from bad to worse when the police inform her that a dead body has been discovered in Gretchen's apartment and that her devoted employee is the number one suspect. How can this be? And more importantly, where is Gretchen now?

Realizing that her friend may be in over her head, Josie decides to make it her personal mission to prove Gretchen's innocence. With the help of her faithful staff, they stumble upon some disturbing news concerning their friend's mysterious past. As the uncertainty mounts, the group begins to question how well they really know their co-worker. And, is it worth risking Josie's stellar reputation to help save Gretchen, who could potentially destroy it all?

KILLER KEEPSAKES is the fourth installment in the highly acclaimed Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. With each page, Cleland uses her expertise to create a superb storyline filled with lively characters and suspenseful drama. Entertaining and insightful...KILLER KEEPSAKES is Cleland at her best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Keepsakes is GREAT and a Keeper! March 19, 2014
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Jane K. Cleland knows how to pull you into a story and make you not want to put the book down till you are done. What a great read as is all her Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. The setting and characters are so well developed that you will feel like you know them. The knowledge and settings with antiques make you feel as it you could see the items. All this with a dead body and killer setting and characters make for compelling and enjoyable read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the whole series
Published 3 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISE!
I LOVE New England, antiques, mysteries, and endings I didn't figure out. This story had all four. I think you will like it.
Published 4 days ago by Sue Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Consistent characters and great atmosphere. Didn't disappoint. Love learning more about antiques while reading enjoyable fiction. Well done--again--Jane Cleland! Kudos.
Published 11 months ago by K. Caulton
3.0 out of 5 stars Josie Prescott series
After reading a couple from the series, I've decided they're too repetitious and won't be reading any more. That Josie seems to have murders taking place around her constantly! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Suzanne De Pee
5.0 out of 5 stars Josie Prescott does it again!
One thing about this series, you come away having learned something about antiques. Josie Prescott and her associates have a wonderful knowledge of the items they deal in, and in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gail Apfel
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Keepsake Review
I tried my first Josie Prescott novel andI was hooked. I love the story, the other people in the story . I find the antique appraisal business very interesting. Read more
Published 20 months ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Read and learn
This book, and the entire series so far, are wonderfully entertaining. The heroine's character is well developed. Read more
Published on May 26, 2010 by Auntie Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Provience is her Passion
I bought this book because of its cover; blue & white china is a four-decade interest. Jane Cleland's KILLER KEEPSAKES is my first read of the series, but Josie Prescott is a... Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by Nash Black
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
This year, I keep running across great books that either keep me up until the early morning hours or prevent me from doing tasks on the to-do list, and this was one of them... Read more
Published on May 2, 2009 by Patricia A. Hoon
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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.

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