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Medals in the Attic Hardcover – 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Annie's Attic/Drg; First Edition edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596352965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596352964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Now retired from her day job as the Library Webmaster at a local community college, Cathy is a picky antique collector, an avid quilter, a musician, and ardent reader. Between activities, she polishes her dote-on-the-grandkids-skills.

Crafting cozy mysteries and more, Cathy enjoys all aspects of the writer journey. Especially late in the evenings, when she turns into "Night Writer!" Or is that fly-by-night writer? When not tending to her own projects, she loves to swap chapters for emergency critiques at a local hangout.

Cozy Books:
A STITCH IN CRIME
A VASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY
MEDALS IN THE ATTIC

Visit her website & blog at: www.cathyelliottbooks.com
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Palmer VINE VOICE on February 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in a cozy mystery series. In this book, Annie finds two military medals in her grandmother's attic, and they do not seem to have belonged to her grandfather. Annie decides to try to find out to whom the medals belong. She begins an investigation and the medals end up being stolen out of her car. Eventually the mystery is solved. Good read and well-written characters, I enjoy this series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Kurtz on March 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Annie's Attic Mysteries are written by different authors. Each one writes a cozy mystery concerning an inherited Grey Gabled House in Maine. Annie grew up in Maine and moved her family to Texas. Upon her Aunt's death, preceded by her husband the year before, she returns to Maine and her memories. She meets up with childhood friend, Alice, and joins the towns knitting/crocheting group. Her feelings are hurt when suddenly the entire group, except her dear friend, Alice, begin to snob her. Kate, the lady with the problem, actually is rude to her at an auction. Annie has no clue as to why Kate is so angry with her. On the same day as the auction, the war medals found in Annie's attic are stolen from her car. Both mysteries (Kate's anger and medal's owner) are eventually solved and peace returns to Annie's heart and to the town of Maine. The return of the medals to their original owner is patriotic and heartwarming.
Dawn Kurtz, author of the Christian novel: Secret of the Mexican Doll
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
New widow Annie Dawson has inherited her grandparents' Victorian home in Stony Point, Maine. So she's left her daughter and grandchildren behind in Texas and has moved into the old seaside house. She's hired a local contractor to remodel the kitchen. She has reconnected with childhood friend Alice MacFarlane, and she has already become a member of the community Hook and Needle craft club, too. It seems as though she is relocating to Stony Point permanently. Is she?

Each one of these "Attic Mysteries" is just that: a puzzle surrounding something that Annie finds in her grandparents' attic. She's moved to decipher it, though she faces immediate obstacles by being the newby in a traditional town. (Even though she had visited her relatives on a regular basis, Annie has a status that ranges somewhere between resident and tourist.) In this second episode in the series, the unknown package is a carved box containing two war medals that do not appear to have belonged to her grandfather. Once the cat is out of the bag, so to speak, everyone around her is interested in what the medals are and who they might have belonged to. That's what Annie has to figure out.

The premise and setting are decent enough. But I found myself disappointed in the stilted dialogue and in the delivery in general. This installment is not the first in the series, and it seems to be missing some backstory explanation. Is Annie relocating to Maine? If not, then why is she renovating the kitchen? Is she going to sell the house when it's all fixed up? Where is she getting the money to live on? How did she weave herself into the fabric of this town so quickly? How famous was her grandmother, the master stitcher that everyone seems to have known?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Ligas on September 26, 2011
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Annie and the members of the Hook and Needle Club are at it again. Such a great book and one you will want to pick up again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Boving on November 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The concept is interesting. I picture a group of women in a writers workshop developing the idea of a series of books based on the same characters but written by different authors. Scenario: they develop a location, a set of characters with individualized backgrounds, and a premise. The premise is that after twenty-five years or so, Annie Dawson has returned to the town where she spent many summers as a child. She has inherited her grandmother's house, and with it, a series of mysteries based on objects that she finds in the attic.

So far, so good.

Annie then shares the information with her friend Alice, who although requested not to spread the word, succeeds in letting the cat out of the bag to the members of their needlework group. The members of the needlework club are both intrigued by Alice's hint and frustrated by Annie's reluctance to let them have any more information. By the fourth book, I would think that Annie would have figured out that trying to keep the find, whatever it is...a crossstitch project, World War II medals, a stitched map...is impossible after Alice is aware of it, and insulting to the other members of the group that they are not allowed in on the discovery.

That aspect of these books bothers me. Is the woman basically selfish?

Of the four that I have read, I enjoyed The Letters in the Attic most and Medals in the Attic least. I found the author of Medals is incapable of writing an entire page of prose that is not studded with incomplete sentences. An incomplete sentence used to make a point is one thing. Multiple incomplete sentences smacks of sloppy writing. In addition, the author of Medals tended to have Annie speaking like a person twenty years her junior (or more)
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